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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will host a major international conference on philosophy next month aimed at addressing issues affecting the future of humanity.

Organized by the Kingdom’s Commission for Literature, Publishing and Translation, the gathering will be held for the second time in Riyadh at the King Fahd National Library from December 1 to 3 and will be titled “Knowledge and Exploration: Space , time and humanity”.

The event will bring together intellectuals, philosophers, scientists, artists, writers and historians from around the world to challenge and assess how various issues will shape the future of humanity while expanding the horizons of conceptual interpretations.

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Dr. Mohammed Hassan Alwan, director general of the commission, told Arab News: “Its influence goes beyond academic communities with this year’s topic showing the philosophical connection between knowledge and exploration.

“It highlights philosophy as a relevant field of study not only for philosophers, but also for scientists, historians and astronomers.”

The conference will include discussion sessions on issues related to the major changes taking place in the region and the rapid development of sectors such as artificial intelligence and energy.

Alwan said, “Philosophy can help us formulate better answers to questions such as: will human beings draw boundaries and boundaries on other planets as has been done on Earth? What would happen to us if we stopped exploring the Earth? Is there such a concept as over-exploring? Is it possible for humanity to face climate challenges by exploring in a fair and authentic way? What does it look like?

“The diversity of academic backgrounds of our lecturers and the breadth of these subjects speaks to our belief that philosophy can formulate better solutions to the pressing dilemmas facing society and is essential in determining its impact on the future of the humanity,” he added. .

Under the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, many sectors in the country are transforming and innovating with future and global positioning in mind.

These changes include diversifying the economy, creating new sectors and subsectors, and managing global sustainability challenges to create a better future for generations to come.

“Many people strongly believe that philosophy is very relevant to future concerns – the conference will prove it.

“The 2021 session of this conference included conversations about the promises, or expectations, of science and how the unexpected can foster new scientific paradigms and theories.

“This year, in partnership with the Space Commission and SRMG, the conference program will explore themes such as the ethical limits of knowledge, exploration and political power, as well as the promises and dangers of technology and of science,” Alwan said.

Reflecting on last year’s conference held under the theme of “unpredictability”, the CEO noted that it had been a great way for experts and members of the public to address the issues of the past year, that it’s either the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, the establishment of privacy in modernity, or the public appropriating philosophical notions.

The commission has launched several initiatives to strengthen the Kingdom’s global presence in self-sustaining local literature, publishing and translation, and to encourage creativity and critical thinking.

In October, it concluded its annual International Book Fair in Riyadh which brought together local and international publishers, educators and book lovers, and attracted over one million visitors.

“Cultural offerings enrich the quality of life, drive economic prosperity and connect people around the world, and I’m especially happy to see children and young people get involved.

“There will once again be a philosophical space for children at the philosophy conference this year, with various activities and activations that we hope they will find interesting,” added Alwan.

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