World Philosophy Day conference kicks off

TEHRAN, Nov. 21 (MNA) -- The World Philosophy Day conference was inaugurated Sunday morning in the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and scholars from Iran and 42 other countries.

The conference opened at the Iran National Library and Archive (INLA) with the opening speech by President of the conference in Iran Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, the Persian service of Fars reported on Sunday.

“We are pleased that Iran is celebrating such a great event in its country this year,” he said.

“A philosopher has a deep and perceptive mind and great philosophers are the elites who devote their main attention to human beings,” he said.

“Iranians comprise a nation that has inscribed their history with peace, justice and thought. Iran has trained great scholars and philosophers over the centuries, one of whom is Avicenna,” he remarked.

Addressing the foreign guests, he continued, “You have traveled to a country whose philosophers of today can name their older generation of luminaries one by one.”

President Ahmadinejad spoke next and said, “Man grows as his knowledge of the world and its Creator increases; man is greater than any single phenomenon of which he has knowledge.

If an individual gets to know God and mankind, he/she would naturally get to know the other creatures, “the main concern for man is getting to know himself and his Creator.”

Director of the Institute of Wisdom and Philosophy of Iran Gholamreza Avani, who is also the deputy president of the conference, next said that Iran is the only country in Asia holding the event internationally, “Concurrent with the conference in Iran, many countries across the globe are celebrating the event nationally.”

He also added that organizers of the event have tried to select and invite the top philosophers from different countries to attend the event, which is running until November 23.

He added that 37 scholars are coming from Europe, 28 from Asia, 15 from the United States, 12 from Africa and 5 from Oceania.

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