World Philosophy Day!

Apparently today is World Philosophy Day. This year humans are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights. The UN page actually says, "On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"; but what's 20 days between members of a species?! (BBC online has this interesting article today to celebrate the World Philosophy Day, called Four philosophical questions to make your brain hurt.)

I am also struck by how essentially American the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is! I understand the historical necessity of that, written soon after WWII when the US towered above the rest of the world, having saved them from great evil. But still, it makes me realize (again) how much America has dominated the world scene - philosophically, politically, economically, culturally. We are all Americans now, whether we admit it or not...


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