Leading Contemporary Philosophers Gather in Saudi Arabia at Riyadh Philosophy Conference

Renowned international philosophical institutions and universities to take part in first of its kind event in the Kingdom

Leading Contemporary Philosophers Gather in Saudi Arabia for the First Time at Riyadh Philosophy Conference

Leading contemporary philosophical thinkers will gather in Riyadh for a first-of-its-kind philosophy conference at King Fahad National Library. The three-day event between 8-10 December, will bring renowned international and regional thinkers and institutions together for the first time in Saudi Arabia, to discuss the most pressing contemporary philosophical debates under the theme: Unpredictability.

The Ministry of Culture and its Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, is organizing the conference to establish the Kingdom as a center for philosophical dialogue in the region, encouraging the advancement of scientific and academic research around philosophy, as well as encouraging interest in philosophy and its relevance to all our lives.

On the announcement of the conference, Mohamed Hassan Alwan, CEO of the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission said: “Our mission is to promote philosophy across a wide range of thinkers and bring critical philosophical debates to Saudi Arabia for the first time, promoting inter-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues. We also want to introduce philosophy to members of the public who might not have had exposure to it before and promote philosophical thinking, its methods and tools, and how it can be used to empower the youth.”

The Riyadh Philosophy Conference program will cover an array of interactive plenary sessions and workshops, tackling contemporary issues of the day that highlight how philosophy can help us understand the world we live in. Sessions will cover, The Human Condition: Unpredictable Encounters and several discussions are focussed on the impact of COVID-19, including, Beyond the Global Pandemic: Responding Ethically to the Unprecedented.

Leading philosophical thinkers from universities across the globe will be participating, including the University of Pretoria; Harvard University; The University of Turin; SOAS; Cairo University, King Saud University, and many more.

The Riyadh Philosophy Conference will see over 1,500 guests per day, ranging from academics and students to cultural leaders and publishers. In addition to the curated plenary sessions, the event will also feature exhibitor stands hosted by local and international partners, and a number of experiential activations including a reading village, and a children’s zone designed to instill the value of philosophical thought amongst the next generation.

The event will be open to the public and will feature a variety of accessible lectures exploring relevant topics that will demonstrate the significance of philosophy in today’s world and show its ability to help answer key contemporary questions facing humanity.

As one of the 100+ cultural events taking place across Saudi Arabia this Winter, the Riyadh Philosophy Conference forms part of the country’s rapid cultural transformation that is nurturing creativity and supporting the growth of vibrant creative industries.