Philosophers from Switzerland and other European countries are meeting in Biel on Friday to discuss the status of philosophy in modern societies.
The organisers say philosophy has become increasingly important, as it provides a fresh way of looking at issues.
Philosophers look at the world critically, and ask questions that other people normally don't ask.
The two-day philosophy symposium, the first ever held in Biel, will examine the relationship between philosophy and psychology, in discussions held in German and French.
The philosophers will discuss the public's demand for dialogue with experts, and will also look at the relationship between philosophies and scientific disciplines.
The philosophers will be available to meet and talk with people at informal gatherings in the old town of Biel.
The symposium organiser, Atelier Pantaris, a consulting firm for language, education and science, plans to stage the philosophy symposium every two years, under the patronage of the Swiss academy for humanities (SAGW).
By supporting this event the SAGW hopes to make a contribution to promoting the image of humanities in the public.
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