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Culture & Education | Wednesday 30 November, 2022 12:19 pm |

World renowned philosophers and scientists to speak at Riyadh Philosophy Conference

Speakers from around the world will be conveningto speak at the Riyadh Philosophy Conference.

Leading philosophers to explore “Knowledge and Exploration: Space, Time, and Humanity.”

The second event of its kind to ever take place in SaudiArabia.


Saudi Arabia’s Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission announced the speakers for the second annual Riyadh Philosophy Conference, taking place from 1-3 December at the King Fahad NationalLibrary in Riyadh.

Intellectuals, philosophers, scientists, astronauts, writers, and historians from around the world will explore a range of topics under the theme of “Knowledge and Exploration: Space, Time, and Humanity.”

This year’s theme has been chosen to create a convergence of science and philosophy. Discussions will cover topics such as ethics in exploration, the dilemmas of artificial intelligence, and the complexities of space diplomacy, assessing how these issues will shape the future of humanity.

World-class speakers at the event will include:

  • Abdullah Almutairi, Head of Saudi Philosophical Association
  • Alejandra de la Merced Fernandez, Universidad Nacionaldel Nordeste – Argentina
  • Dalia Toonsi, Founderand General Managerof Baseera Educational Consultancy
  • Jacques Arnould, Ethics Advisor, National Center for Space Studies
  • Joseph Cohen, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University CollegeDublin.
  • Luca Maria Scarantino, President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies
  • Mishaal Ashemimry, Special Advisor to the CEO, Saudi Space Commission, and First Female Aerospace Engineer In GCC
  • Norbert Frischauf, Chief Technologist & Partner at SpaceTec,Founder of the Austrian Space Forum
  • Professor Nicolas de Warren, Research Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University
  • Numa Isnard, Attorney specialising in Space, Space Avocat
  • Patricia Churchland, President’s Professorof Philosophy Emerita,University of California San Diego
  • Dr. Bjoern Gerd Freter, Lecturer in World Philosophy, SOAS London

Dr. MohamedHassan Alwan, CEO of the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission, said:

“I am delighted to see a roster of world-renowned academics, scientists, and philosophers at the forefront of their fields, speaking at the second-ever Riyadh Philosophy Conference. We look forward to seeing them lead pioneering conversations to addressthe countless questions that arise from the rapid scientific development we see in society today. We hope that the outcomes and discussions taken from this will be used to ensure a positive impact on humanity.”

The three-day conference will feature lectures,panels, discussions, seminars,and workshops designed to be inclusive and open. There will also be activities and workshops for young people,including the “ReadingBetween the Lines” debating competition for college students,a “Philosophical Camp” for young people to engage in philosophical discussion with world- renowned academics, and a “Philosophers of Tomorrow” spacefor children and young adults to engagein critical thinking activities around the theme of the conference.

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About the Riyadh Philosophy Conference

  • Riyadh Philosophy Conference website
  • Social media:   RPC   Philosophy   SaudiArabia

About the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission:

The Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission is leading the development of Founded in 2020, the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission is leadingthe development of the sectorin the Kingdom.

The Commission aims to enrich the Kingdom’s literary content and develop its literary ecosystem to make it more competitive and sustainable. It also works on employing innovative technologies to digitally transform the sector and forge partnerships with the public, privateand non-profit sectors,both locally and internationally.

To learn more about the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission, please visit https://lpt.moc.gov.sa/en and the commission’s Twitter@MOCLiterature


About the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture:

Overseeing 11 sector-specific commissions, the Ministry is leading a cultural transformation to developa rich ecosystem that nurtures creativity, unlocks the economicpotential of the sector and unleashesnew and inspiring forms of expression.

Saudi Arabia will create over 100,000 jobs in the cultural sector by 2030 uplifting the proportion culture contributes to the Kingdom’s economy to 3%.

Find the Ministry of Culture on social media:

Twitter @MOCSaudi (Arabic); @MOCSaudi_En(English) | Instagram @mocsaudi

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