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China to host 24th World Congress of Philosophy
Sunday August 11, 2013 8:23 PM, IANS

China's capital Beijing will host the 24th World Congress of Philosophy (WCP) in 2018, it was announced at the closing ceremony of the 23rd WCP here.

The announcement was made by Dermot Moran, president of the programme committee, of International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) Saturday.

It will be the first time that China will host the international meeting, organised by the FISP every five years.

FISP president William Mcbride said he was happy to see that the philosophers would meet again in another ancient capital in five years.

According to FISP, the 24th WCP will be organised by the department of philosophy at Peking University.

Wang Bo, chairman of Peking University's department of philosophy, said he was happy that China won over Brazil to host the 2018 WCP. He said the 24th WCP would be a good opportunity to promote Chinese philosophy.

The 23rd WCP opened in Athens Aug 4 with some 3,000 participants from more than 100 countries and regions, including Chinese scholars.

During the seven-day meeting, they exchanged views under the theme -- 'Philosophy as inquiry and way of life.'

The first WCP was held in 1900 in Paris. The congress aims at inquiring into the world's philosophical traditions, reflecting on the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world, among others.

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