Claim of Ecophilosophy on the International Philosophy Day
CatalunyaNovember 19th, 2020
Today, November 19th, 2020, we celebrate International Philosophy Day. Love of wisdom is one of the most important attitudes and skills that we can have as human beings who are participants in a broad and complex reality. It is a love that gives value, meaning and direction to our existence and our actions.
According to UNESCO – the driving force for this commemoration – philosophy provides tools and conceptual bases to nurture the principles and values on which conviviality depends. Knowing ourselves, as well as the systems which we are part of, be it social or of a natural order, is an essential need to establish a correct behaviour and a deep respect for life in all its manifestations, for its intrinsic beauty and its mysterious origin. Besides, it cecomes an unavoidable practice if we want to preserve its sustainability.
Together with ethical intuitions and other non-rational ways of knowing, the exercise of thought and the reasoned confrontation of opinions and options, which philosophy provides allows a better comprehension and facilitates understanding and responds to the immense challenges that that humanity face, collaborating to create the intellectual conditions that help to give harmonious responses. To cope with the accelerated unsustainable trends that are leading to the collapse of the world we know, philosophical reflection must be expanded beyond the anthropocentric axis, not only towards an ecocentric axis but also reaching a cosmocentric one. Humans are an interdependent part of a single but vast and mysterious reality that exceeds the limits of our individuality.
Therefore, today claim the role of Ecophilosophy, a rational and comprehensive understanding of reality in which the human being is a part of nature. In this new and at the same time ancestral paradigm, human values and nature must co-participate in the redefinition of our integral relationship with all planes of Reality.