Philosophy Night (Zurich, Switzerland)

World Philosophy Day

Online premiere

Philosophy is never in lockdown… as demonstrated at this year’s Long Night of Philosophy, which not only celebrated its fifth anniversary, but also its online premiere. It was a good sign that despite the circumstances, 22 online events were able to take place with more than 600 guests participating in dialogues, talks and workshops in a wide variety of formats.

The Long Night 2020 was dedicated to the theme of Change from many different perspectives. A highlight was the closing event “Change – quo vadis mundus or how changeable is the mind?” – an online panel with expert on transformation Ursula Seghezzi, neuropsychology professor Lutz Jäncke and journalist and writer Birgit Schmid. The debate gave much food for thought, which was challenged and deepened at the subsequent Zoom After-Party.

We had been concerned that the Long Night might not be able to take place because of the current circumstances, but in the spirit of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azouley, who particularly emphasises the value of philosophy, we managed to run the event. In times of great uncertainty, philosophy is more relevant than ever, as it allows us to resist all forms of reductionism and to see the bigger picture.

New Acropolis organised the Long Night of Philosophy 2020 in Zurich in cooperation with 22 partners.

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