Newsletter Fall/Winter 2011


Minutes from the FISP CD Meeting in Cres, Croatia, September 2011








Se produjo un incremento de nuestros asociados que alcanzó el numero de 754 hasta el 15 de deciembre del 2011.

a)      Como estaba planificado realizamos el XIV TALLER INTERNACIONAL "NUEVA CIENCIA POLÍTICA" y la Sesión que correspondía de FILOSOFÍA DE LA EDUCACIÓN, con una asistencia de unos 100 colegas, de los cuales 19 eran de otros países, a saber, Brasil, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Angola, Inglaterra, Alemania, Palestina, Viet Nam, España y México.

b)      Se celebró el Día Internacional de la Filosofía, en la cual se distinguieron con diplomas a aquellos colegas que se han destacado por su trayectoria científica en Filosofía y Ciencia Política, y en dicha actividad se presentó la Resolución de la UNIVERSIDAD DE LA HABANA por la cual se creó la Cátedra Honorífica "Una Ciencia Política Enfoque Sur", presidida por Thalía Fung, con Ileana Capote y Armando Cristóbal de vicepresidentes y Alicia Morffi de Secretaria científica.

c)      Se presentó la versión cubana del libro "El mundo contemporáneo en crisis", La Habana, 2011, cuya primera edición fue en México, 2009.

d)      La Academia  de Ciencias de Cuba otorgó la Medalla conmemorativa 150 años de la ciencia en Cuba a la Sociedad Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas por el trabajo realizado desde su fundación. 

e)      Thalía Fung participó en The World Cultural Forum en Taihu, China, 16-22 de mayo del 2011, donde presentó  la ponencia "Inclusive thought for the  twenty-first century from Marti´s America", cuya texto completo fue publicado por la Revista Internacional Critical Thought,  Volume 1, Numbeer 1, March 2011, Lndon,, Taylor and Francis Group, ISSN 2159-8282.

f)       El 15 de deciembre del 2011 se efectuó en la Universidad de La Habana, la Asamblea Nacional Anual donde se rindió el balance ante los asociados y se proyectaron las tareas y actividades para el 2012.





September 29, 2010

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff, ph.d., dr. scient. adm., Roskilde Universitet: Profit and Ethics. Can morality pay off?  About  Corporate Responsibility, Ethics and Legitimacy

October 7, 2010

Søren Gosvig Olesen, Ass. professor, Københavns Universitet: Hitler and Me

October 14 to 15, 2010

Philosophical Forum's 30th birthday

Simon Critchley (New York): The Faith of the Faithless

Alejo José Sison Galsim (Navarras): Aristotle on Corporate Governance. Praxis and the Common Good of the Firm?

Howard Williams (Wales): Towards a Kantian Theory of International Distributive Justice

November 24,  2010

Peter Høilund, professor, ph.d. & dr. scient. soc., Roskilde Universitet: Philosphy of justice in the light of Fear

February 17,2011

Mads Peter Karlsen, ph.d., cand.theol.: Alain Badiou's Critique of 'the metaphysic of definitivity'

March 9, 2011

Pia Lauritzen, ph.d.-stipendiat,, Københavns Universitet: Applied Philosophy goes Astray

March 25,  2011

Dr.theol., Niels Grønkjær: The Christian God of the Philosophers

May 2, 2011

Bo Jacobsen, professor, dr.phil. and practitioner of psychology, Københavns Universitet and Jens Skou Olsen, musician, writer, docent  at Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium: Happiness, love and Jazz Music

Summer meeting at Grundtvigs Højskole Frederiksborg July 30 to August 6, 2011: Why Philosophy?




The winner of the 2011-12 Charles S. Peirce Society Essay Contest is Jean-Marie Chevalier, for his paper "Peirce's Critique of the First Critique: A Leibnizian False Start." Dr. Chevalier will present his winning essay at the next meeting of the Peirce Society, to be held in conjunction with the Pacific Division APA meeting in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday April 5. At the same meeting, the Society's president for 2011-12, Risto Hilpinen (University of Miami), will give his presidential address, entitled "Types, Tokens, and Words."



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The Conference will take place in the famous island of Samos (Pythagorion) in Greece from 17th -21st of July 2012.

The Conference intends to provide a broad forum for exploring crucial issues concerning the Philosophy of human relations and the relations to other beings in our age. This means that all legitimate fields of study and philosophical research are included in the scope of the Conference, provided that the authors of conference papers concentrate on the main issues of the Conference. We are particularly interested in all branches of philosophy and of course we pay special attention to academic research papers relevant to the burning moral issues and problems concerning inter-human bonding and other relations and our stance to the world at large in our global era.

The aim of the Conference is to open discourse and to promote the exchange of ideas on the following issues:

1. Inquiry into the ontology of relations

2. Examination and assessment of theories and means regarding kinds of communication among persons, institutions and states (ancient and modern)

3. Review and evaluation of theories (or conceptions) of friendship, love, eros, agape  and enmity (ancient and modern)

4. Inquiry into theories that have (a) been put forth and implemented as bases for human bonding and (b) what conclusions can be drawn from these experiences and (c) to examine the influence of these concepts on such aspects of human intercourse and on social institutions such as community cohesiveness, communication among persons, social dialogue and communication among state authorities and citizens, political change and  stability, persons well-being and psychoanalysis, communication and rationality. (How do people get together at a time when individualism, alienation, loneliness and fragmentation are on the rise and how can the technological character of our global era help to bridge the gap or reinstate the real communication and bonding among people?)

5. Investigation of the kind of relations that man has developed and adopted towards other beings in the world and evaluation of the results of these relations for humanity and the world itself in our global era.

 There are the following categories of presentation:

Category a: The presentation of original academic Papers by Invited Speakers (30 min. duration).

Category b: The presentation of original academic Papers (20 min. duration).

Category c: Short presentation of papers (15 min. duration).

Category d: The presentation of papers by Post-graduate Students (Students' Session).

Category e: Presentation by Posters (Poster Session).

The Papers in Category a will address particular issues, evaluate research undertaken in connection with the subject they investigate in the last decade, and provide an overview and synthesis of various philosophical approaches related to the topic of research.

Participants who wish to be considered for Category a should express their interest promptly and state their preferences concerning the topic they wish to deal with, and send all the necessary information (a detailed Curriculum Vitae and a substantive Abstract of their Paper) to the Organising Committee by 29th of February 2012. Persons interested in being considered for designation as Invited Speakers should fill in and send out Form Νo 1A to the Organising Committee.

The Organising Committee will cover the cost of board and accommodation for Invited Speakers during the days of the Conference. The Papers to be presented by Invited Speakers should be sent to the Secretariat of the Conference by 15/6/2012.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to provide up to 30 minutes of speaking time to the Conference Participants considered as Invited Speakers, although their expenses will not be covered by the Conference.

In the framework of the Conference there will be a special Session (category d) for Students and Post-graduate Students of Philosophy (and of other disciplines too, provided that they have philosophical interests) where they will present their papers.

The Papers should be submitted in one of the following languages: Greek, English. Papers written in Greek should be accompanied by a proper translation into English. More extended texts of Papers (15-20 pages) from all categories (a, b, c d, and e) may be published.

Texts in their final version for presentation may be sent by e-mail as Word documents and in PDF format as well.

Abstracts and Papers may also be sent by e-mail as attached documents in the above formats. Only papers of a philosophical nature will be accepted and included in the Programme of the Conference.

The Organising Committee and the Academic Committee of ICOGPC reserve the right to accept or reject papers that do not comply with the academic standards of the Conference. (Conference participants are reminded that only manuscripts written in acceptable English or Greek will be considered and reviewed for publication. If you have any doubt about the quality of your text in this regard, and in particular if you are not a native speaker of the language in which your paper was given, please be sure that it has been scrutinized by a native speaker of that language before sending it in).

All Papers presented at the Conference and selected for publication are copyrighted by the Organising Committee and ICGPC and cannot be republished without permission; the exclusive copyright of papers to be published belongs to ICOGPC, unless otherwise stated.

The official languages at the Conference will be Greek, English. Greeks who present Papers are kindly asked to submit an acceptable English translation of the latest version of their Papers which will be read at the Conference. This should be submitted to the Conference Secretary one month before the opening of the Conference.

Applications for participation of whatever kind must be received by the 29th of February 2012 or earlier. Applications should be made on Participation Form No. 1 and for Invited Speakers Participation Form No. 1A. Participation Form No. 2 should also be sent no later than: 29th of February 2012. Participation Form No. 2 should be accompanied by an Abstract of the Paper to be presented together with an English translation in the case of Greek scholars. The Abstract should be written in such a way as to give a clear indication of the ideas and line of argument that the finished paper will be pursuing.

All participants (except Invited Speakers) should send the full texts of their Paper for presentation (two copies) to the Organising committee by 15th of June 2012.

All participants will be notified by e-mail regarding the category to which they have been assigned.

Texts in their Final version {with the indication: FINAL TEXT FOR PUBLICATION }must be submitted no later than the 30th of September 2012.


Apart from other events, during the Conference there will be an EXHIBITION OF BOOKS (FORM No. 6) and especially books on philosophy (and of course books related to the Conference topic). Authors of books, particularly those connected with philosophy, are kindly requested to send copies of their books so these may be included in the exhibition.

There will also be reserved space and special panels for poster sessions. Material planned for Poster Sessions should be typed on not more than two pages (size: A5). The deadline for applications for poster sessions is 15th of June 2012. Applications submitted after this date, but before 30th of June 2009, may be accepted if there is still space available.


The Conference is open to all who wish to attend, provided that he or she contacts the Organising Committee and completes the necessary forms (No. 1, No. 1A, No. 2 and No. 3) and pays the Conference fee. The Conference Fee must be paid by all participants. Persons accompanying participants must also complete the forms and pay the Conference fee. The Conference fee (see also Participation Form No. 3) is as follows:

a. Participants: Before 1st May 2012:                                                                 100 euros

(after 1st May 2012:                                                                                               120 euros)

b. Accompanying Persons: before 1st May 2012:                                              80 euros

(after 1st May 2012:                                                                                               100 euros)

c. Students: Before 1st May 2012:                                                                        60 euros

(after 1st May 2012:                                                                                                 70euros)

d. Secondary School Students: Before 1st May 2012:                                       50 euros

(after 1st May 2012:                                                                                                 60 euros)

Conference participants are advised that cancellations cause major logistical, scheduling and economic problems for the organization of a Conference of this scope. Outings, receptions and other activities are seriously disrupted by cancellations and schedule changes. We ask that only those who are certain of their attendance submit the forms for participation. It should be noticed that there will be no refunds of any fees, nor are cancellations accepted.

The Participation Fee for the Conference should be sent either by cheque drawn on the name of the President of the Conference, or directly to the following bank account number:{National Bank of Greece, Konstantinos Boudouris-24rd ICOP, BANK-BRANCH: 151/622563-23. IBAN ACCOUNT: GR 1501101510000015162256323, Swift Code (BIC): ETHNGRAA}.

The copy of remittance that indicates the name or names of the participants should be sent either by e-mail in PDF ( or by Fax (+30210 9923281) or by mail to the Secretariat of the Conference to the following address: K. Boudouris – 24th ICOP – 5 Simonidou Str. - 17456 Alimos - Greece.

Correspondence related to the Conference should be sent to following address: Professor Konstantine Boudouris, President of the Organising Committee, 24th International Conference of Philosophy, 5 Simonidou Str., 174 56 ALIMOS (ATHENS) – GREECE.

Persons living in North America (USA or Canada) or in Europe may contact for information on any matter relating to their participation in the Conference the following Academics:

1. Professor Gerasimos Santas                           2. Professor Thomas M. Robinson

Honorary President of the IAGP                           Honorary President of the IAGP

University of California -Irvine                             Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy                                  University of Toronto, 15 Huron St. 9th Floor

Irvine, California 92717 , USA.                            Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A1

Tel.: 001 704-804-6145.                                    Tel.: 416-978-2824. Fax: 416-978-8703.

E-mail:            E-mail:


3. Professor Joanne Waugh                               4. Professor David Hitchcok

Department of Philosophy                                  Department of Philosophy

CPR 107                                                          MacMaster University

University of South Florida                                 1280 Main  St. West,

Tampa, Florida 33620, USA                                Hamilton,Ont.L8S1W7,CANADA

Fax: 813-974-5918.                                          Tel.: 905-577-8492. Fax: 905-577-0385

E- mail:                              E- mail:


5. Professor Jeremiah Reedy                              6. Professor Ronald Polanski

Honorary President of the IAGP                           Honorary President of the IAGP

Macalester College                                            Department of Philosophy

Classics Department                                          Duquesne University

1600 Grand Avenue                                           Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA

Saint Paul, Min 55105-1899, USA     

E-mail:                             E-mail:


7. Professor Linda Ardito                                    8. Professor Lambros Couloubaritsis

Honorary President of the IAGP                           Honorary President of the IAGP

Associate Provost                                               Rue des Echevins 16

Dowling College                                                 B - 1050 Bruxelles

Oakdale, Long Island                                         BELGIQUE

New York 11769, USA                                         Tel.: 00322 6471195. Fax: 00232 6473489

E-mail:                            E-mail:


9. Professor Christos Evangeliou                          10. Professor John P. Anton

Honorary President of the IAGP                            Honorary President of the IAGP

Towson University                                              University of South Florida

Department of Philosophy                                  Department of Philosophy

and Religious Studies                                         10012 Oxford Chapel Drive

Towson, MD 21252                                             Tampa, Florida 33647, USA

USA                                                                  Tel.: 813-991-7033. Fax: 813-907-8206

E-mail:                                     Email:


11. Professor John Poulakos                              12. Dr. Aikaterini Lefka

Honorary President of the IAGP                           Boulevard D' Avroy 77/111

Communication Department                               B-4000, LIEGE- BELGIQUE                

University of Pittsburgh                                      E-mail:

Pittsburgh, PA 15260 , USA                                Tel.: 412-624-6567. Fax: 412-624-1878               

1117 Cathedral of Learning                


Persons living Asia (Japan, Korea) may contact for information on any matter relating to their participation in the Conference the following Academics: 

1. Professor Hideya Yamakawa                          2. Professor Shigeru Yonezawa

Honorary President of the IAGP                          Honorary President of the IAGP

Tezukayama 1-24-7                                         1-8-2-1403 Takezono

631-0062 Nara City, Japan.                                Chukuba City

Tel.: 0742466933. Fax: 0742454946                   305-0032 Japan

E-mail:                     E-mail:


3. Professor. Park, Chong-Hyun                        4. Professor Lim, Hong-Bin

Honorary President of the IAGP                          Department of Philosophy          

Seocho-Dong, Seocho-Gu                                 Korea University

12-303 Woosung Apt                                       Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Gu

137-773 Seoul                                                136-701 Seoul, Korea

Korea                                                            Honorary President of the IAGP                                                                   

E-mail:                          E-mail:

Persons living in Africa may contact:

Professor Anastasios Ladikos
President of the South African Society
For Greek Philosophy and the Humanities (SASGPH)
PO Box 392, University of South Africa (UNISA)
Pretoria 0003, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 12 429 6837- Fax:+27 (0) 12 4296766

Any other person who has not already received the present Circular can get information (circular, forms etc.) related to the Conference from the home-pages of IAGP:  or

In the belief that this Conference will present an exceptional opportunity for research into and clarification of topics of important philosophical concern, we hope that the Conference will also provide participants with an opportunity for true and sincere communication, recreation and leisure (schole). We look forward to seeing you in the famous  island of Samos in the very heart of the Aegean Culture.

With best regards
On Behalf of the Organising Committee
Professor Konstantine Boudouris
President of the Organising Committee





On Thursday October 13th the presentation of the Spanish version of Philosophy, A School of Freedom took place in Mexico City. The event was a great success.

The book presentation was held at the UAM´s main auditorium (Auditorio de Rectoría General de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana), and it was presided over by Dr. Javier Velázquez (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa Campus, and co-editor of the spanish edition); Dr Luis Villoro, distinguished and well known Mexican philosopher and former Ambassador to UNESCO; Dra. Paulette Dieterlen current President of the Mexican Philosophical Association; Dr. Ricardo Guerrero, member of the UNESCO Office in Mexico; and Prof. Gabriel Vargas Lozano, director of the Centro de documentación en filosofía latinoamericana e Ibérica de la UAM-I. A message was also received from Dr. Oscar Brenifier.

Later in the same month, there was a special colloquium about the book during the International Congress of Philosophy (Oct 24-28 in Toluca), and there were various presentations of it at the UNAM and at the World Philosophy Day celebration and the Guadalajara Interantional Book Fair.

The book has already started having some resonance and impact in Venezuela, Panama, El Salvador and other countries in Latin America.





We hereby announce publication and circulation of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society No. 3, 2011, 59, 256 pp. (Editor-in-Chief, Professor A.N. Chumakov; Executive Secretary, Professor N.Z. Yaroschuk).

The Editor's Column opens the issue. Under headline Tested by the Time some conclusions are made about 40 years of the history of the Russian Philosophical Society, and 15 years of the history of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society.

Read information The Approaching 6th All-Russian Philosophical Congress. The Congress will take place in June 27-30, 2012 at Nizhnii Novgorod. Its topic will be Philosophy in Contemporary World: Dialog of World-visions. Official web-site of the Congress: Some data is provided on the Organizing and Program committees of the Congress, on the preliminary program and on the conditions for participation.

New rubric Meet the 40th anniversary of the Russian Philosophical Society and the 15th anniversary of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society asks some members of the RPhS several questions related to the jubilees. The questions are answered by the President of the RPhS, academician V.S.Stiopin, the Vice-President of the RPhS, director of the Institute of Philosophy of the RAS, academician A.A.Guseinov, the Vice-President of the RPhS, academician V.A.Lektorsky, the Vice-President of the RPhS, corresponding member of the RAS, dean of the Department of Philosophy of the MSU, V.V.Mironov, the Vice-President of the RPhS, the chair of the St.Petersburg branch, Prof. Yu.N. Solonin, the member of the Presidium of the RPhS, Prof. N.Z.Yaroshchuk, the member of the Presidium of the RPhS, chair of the Dagestan branch, Prof. M.I.Bilalov, the member of the Presidium of the RPhS, chair of the Krasnoyarsk branch, Prof. V.I.Kudashov, the member of the Presidium of the RPhS, chair of the Don branch, Prof. T.G.Leshkevich, the member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin, Prof. A.G.Pyrin. Read also The Space of the Russian Philosophical Society, or the Philosophy of Unity by Prof. D.V. Polezhaev (Volgograd) and Jubilees Come and Go but Life Goes On by Prof. M.D.Shchelkunov (Kazan).

Read Information from the RPhS Regional Branches and Organizations with detailed information about the Second All-Russian Youth Conference Youth and Interethnic Relations: Constructive and Deconstructive Trends (St.Petersburg); about the International Research and Practice Conference Culture, Language, Civil Society Institutions of the Indigenous Peoples of Russia: Resurrection, Preservation and Development in the Ethnocultural Context of the Siberian Region (Biisk, the Altay area);  about preparations for the 6th All-Russian Philosophical Congress in the Baikal branch of the RPhS.

Read News from the Moscow Philosophical Society about the International Conference The Seventh Smirnov Readings in Logic held at the Department of Philosophy of the MSU; about the meeting with a Finnish philosopher and logician J.Hintikka at the Institute of Philosophy; about the International Methodological Seminar Environmental Ethics and Spiritual Ecology During the Global Crisis at the Moscow State Forest University.

Events and Comments analyze the traditional International Likhachev Readings on the Dialog of Cultures in the Time of Globalization (St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of the Trade-Unions) and the first graduates of Philosophy at the Dagestan State University.

Managing Education: Modern Approaches publishes Innovative Trends at a Classical Department of a Classical University by the corresponding member of the RAS, dean of the Department of Philsophy of the MSU V.V.Mironov and Prof. G.V.Sorina; and About One of the Most Important Tasks of Higher Education by Assistant Professor A.N.Gulyashinov (Izhevsk).

International Contacts informs in details about the meetings of a delegation of Chinese professors in social sciences with their Russian colleagues in Moscow and St.Petersburg.

For Philosophy in the Near Abroad read The Business of Odessa by M.I.Paskalova, Ph.D. and S.S.Romanenko, Ph.D. (Odessa, Ukraine) and Another Conference on Culture in Baku by A.A.Gezalov, Ph.D. (Baku).

Published By Way of Discussion are Names and Numbers by Assistant Professor A.D.Korolev (Moscow) and Biopolitics: Birth and Development by RPhS member N.N.Rodnova (Moscow).

To learn more about the Union of Philosophy and Natural Sciences read The Problem of Reality and the Quasi-Classical Nature of the Theory of Oscillations and Waves by the RPhS member E.Yu. Kalinin (Moscow).

Philosophical Anthropology presents Identity as a Psychological Mechanism by Prof. P.S.Gurevich and Prof. N.I.Kiyashchenko (Moscow) and Symbol and Image by E.M.Spirova, Ph.D. (Moscow).

Standpoint presents Modernization of the Image of Authority or Modernization of the Authority at Last by Assistant Professor V.M.Adrov (Moscow).

Read Global Studies for an information by Prof. A.G.Pyrin (Moscow) about a seminar on Philosophical and Methodological Aspect of the Global Studies, where New Trends and Forms of Fascist Propaganda by B.F.Kalachev, Ph.D. (Moscow) was presented.

Read Eurasianism: Prospects of Comprehension for an article by I.P.Savitsky about his father, the most famous Eurasianist P.N.Savitsky and the first part of Discussing the Eurasianist Ideology by L.G.Antipenko, Ph.D. (Moscow).

Eastern Philosophies are represented by Stalin's Model in the Studies of Chinese Academics by Jao Yang, Ph.D. (Bejing).

Feedback presents analytical and critical review of  RPhS Bulletin 2011:2 by an independent observer Prof. V. F. Druzhinin (Moscow) and S. S. Peruanskii, Ph.D. (Moscow).

Polemics presents On Virtuos Lie by Prof. N.I.Gubanov (Tiumen) and Once again about Truth, Lie and Truth-seekers by Prof. D.I. Dubrovsky (Moscow) about On Imaginary Folk Wisdom by Prof. A.G.Myasnikov (Penza) published in the Bulletin 2010:4.

Read Responding our Publications for Strengthening Social Morality is the Way to Dealienation by the RPhS member V.I.Dolzhenko (Moscow).

Remark by Prof. A.G.Pyrin (Moscow) – The Culture of Stock Market is the Source of Income and by the RPhS member S.M.Larkova (St.Petersburg) – Judge: There is no Russian Culture in Russia!

 Read Philosophical Prose for aphoristic thoughts by Michail Sergeev, Ph.D. (Philadelphia, the US).

Read Philosophers Joke Too for humoresques by Jose Verissimo Teiseira da Mata (Brazil) and Larissa Matros (the US).

The Poetic Page presents verses by N.Ya.Kovanova (Moscow).

Useful Information reports about The Days of Philosophy in St. Petersburg (17-19 November); about the All-Russian Conference The Temporary and the Eternal. Man in the Space of the Russian State: Mythology, Ideology, Sociocultural Practice (Velikii Novgorod, 13-14 December); about the International Semi-Distant Conference Russia Today: Humanization of Socio-economic Relations (Nizhnevartovsk, 6 March 2012).

Mentioned as Noteworthy is information about preparations for the 90th anniversary of A.A.Zinoviev and the 100th anniversary of V.S.Gott.

Labor Market. Vacancies. Job Search is introduced.

In Memoria presents The Knight of Conscious Milner-Irinin about the Moral Life of a Man by the RPhS member N.Ya. Kovanova (Moscow) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ya.A.Milner-Irinin.

See also book reviews, annotations, book announcements, information about new philosophical books, books and journals available at the RPhS Presidium, doctoral (6) and candidate (24) dissertations in philosophy defended in the third quarter of 2011.

Published also are letters of congratulations on jubilees and other notable events in philosophers' lives and obituaries.

As usual, the year's third issue contains information about the Russian Philosophical Society's organizational structure, comprising the Presidium, the Inspection Committee, 108 regional branches, 49 field branches, 39 primary units of the Moscow Philosophical Society, and 125 individual members; we also publish the complete RPhS membership list as of October 1, 2011 (4,498 members).

Read the information about the RPhS membership for 2012. Like in other issues of the Bulletin, it is explained that the Russian Philosophical Society counts as its members only those who have paid the yearly membership fee and have been consequently included in the current year membership list. They henceforward enjoy all the privileges of the Society members, including subscription to the RPhS Bulletin. Full membership lists are published yearly in RPhS Bulletin No. 3 for the year in question.

The Bulletin's subscription index in the Rospechat Catalogue is 79643. Please, send your e-mail messages addressed to the RPhS Presidium and the RPhS Bulletin Editorial Board to Our Internet websites are;; To contact the Editors, please call (495) 609-90-76 or (495) 697-92-98. 




We hereby announce publication and circulation of the Anniversary Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society No. 4, 2011 (Editor-in-Chief, Professor A.N. Chumakov; Executive Secretary, Professor N.Z. Yaroschuk) dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the RPhS and the 15th anniversary of the Bulletin.

The Editor's Column headlined On the Way to Civil Society opens the issue.

Read Approaching 6th All-Russian Philosophical Congress about the event to be held on June 27-30, 2012 at Nizhnii Novgorod. Its topic will be Philosophy in Contemporary World: Dialog of World-visions. Official web-site of the Congress: The decision of the Program committee of the Congress made on 18 November 2011 in St.Petersburg; the preliminary program and on the conditions for participation, information about members of the Organizing and Program committees, are published

Meet the 40th anniversary of the Russian Philosophical Society and the 15th anniversary of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society informs about the Anniversary meeting of the Presidium of the RPhS with activists representing local branches of the RPhS on 18 November 2011 in St.Petersburg; about the 1st Russian Philosophical Forum The New Project of Development of the Russian Civilization as a Historical Necessity: Philosophical Ideas and Concepts dedicated to the prospective development of Russian and the tasks of philosophy (13 December 2011 at the Russian Extramural Financial and Economic Institute). In addition to the previous issue answers to the questions about the jubilees are published provided by Prof. S.Ivanenkov, the member of the Presidium of the RPhS (St.Petersburg), Assistant Prof. T.Pokrovskaya, the chair of the RPhS branch at the Moscow State University, A.Korolev, Ph.D., the Main Academic Secretary of the RPhS (Moscow). Articles The Askin Readings in Saratov by Prof. B.Mokin (Saratov) and The Acme Age by Prof. M.Bilalov (Makhachkala) are published.

Read Information from the RPhS Regional Branches and Organizations for the information from Prof. A.Kuszhanova (St.Petersburg) about a roundtable on  Making Scenarios and Prognoses of the Axiological Universe of the Globalizing Society held on 19 November 2011 in St. Petersburg; information from Prof. T.Kudriashova (Ivanovo) about the Russian Academic Conference on the problems of education from the position of cognitive science in Ivanovo; information from A.Shulyndina, Ph.D. (Nizhnii Novgorod) about the discussion on the presentation of a German philosopher Vladislav Soskin dedicated to the problems of anthropological concepts in the contemporary German philosophy held at the local branch of the RPhS.

Read News from the Moscow Philosophical Society about the academic readings on the UNESCO World Day of Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy and at the State Art Studies Institute of the Ministry of Culture; about the 5th international conference Pavlov and Hessin Readings – The Role of Philosophical and Economic Knowledge in the Formation of World Outlook of a Human and the Humanity at the Department of Philosophy of the MSU; about the 5th conference Philosophical Problems of Biology and Medicine: the Normative and the Descriptive at the MGMSU; about the meeting of the philosophical panel of the Central House of Scholars; about a seminar Social and Economic Problems of Urban Planning and Architecture at the MGSU.

Events and Comments informs about a roundtable Dialog between Buddhism and Quantum Physics at the Institute of Philosophy participated by Buddhist monks from Kalmykia and Tibet, Russian and foreign physicists and philosophers; about the international conference Science, Philosophy, Religion dedicated to Man in the Technical World: Challenges of the 21st Century at Dubna (Moscow oblast); about a roundtable Renaissance of the Life Values – Transition to the Highly Developed Civilization at the St. Peterburg Brahma Kumaris Center in the framework of the Days of Philosophy in St. Petersburg; about the international conference Living Ethics as the Impulse of the Creative Cosmic Evolution at the International Rerikh Center (Moscow); about the Russian conference The Place of Russian Literature and Culture in the Multinational Space of  Russia (the Example of the Aksakovs) in Ufa.

Read Problems of Teaching Philosophy for Ph.D. Philosophy: Pledges and Lessons by Prof. F.Tzann-kai-si and Prof. L.Andreeva (Vladimir).

            Managing Education: Modern Approaches publishes Freeware in the Educational System by D.Derzhavin, Senior Researcher (St.Peterburg); Adult Education: International Trends and National Peculiarities of Development by Assistant Prof. V.Galichin (Moscow).

Read Topical Issue for Social Conditions for Academic Development in Modern Russia by Prof. S.Ivashevskii (N.Novgorod).

International Contacts informs about the meetings with Iranian philosophers at the Financial University.

International Cooperation publishes The World Philosophical Forum in Greece by Prof. A.Maslikhin (Ioshkar-Ola) and I.Kondrashin, Ph.D. (Moscow).

For Academic Life in the Near Abroad read Humanitarian Art of Political Dialog by O.Agamirzoev, Ph.D. student (Baku) and Dialog of Cultures: Studies, Practices, Challenges by A.Gezalov, Ph.D. (Baku) about a conference in Kiev.

Published By Way of Discussion are And the Whole Life World is not enough by Prof. A.Krushanov (Moscow); Language and World by Prof. M.Blokh (Moscow); Essay and Treatise by Prof. E.Taisina (Kazan); The Problems of Finding Integrative Philosophy by Prof. V.Kholodnyi (Moscow).

To learn more about the Union of Philosophy and Natural Sciences read Are Superluminal Neutrinos Real? by L.Antipenko, Ph.D. (Moscow) and The Problem of Reality: Physics and Philosophy by S.Koniaev, Sc.D. (Moscow).

History and Philosophy of Science presents About Ontological Pluralism of Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics by V.Erekaev, Ph.D. (Moscow); Internet and the Information and Communication Reality by Yu.Chernovitskaya, Ph.D. and E.Kalinina (Moscow).

Important Discussion informs about discussing Lessons of Another Russian Revolution: the Collapse of the Liberal Utopia presented by Academician S.Glaziev at the Philosophical Club Biblo-globus.

Philosophical Anthropology presents Destruction of Identity by Prof. L.Bueva (Moscow).

Standpoint presents Are the Party and the Authorities United? by Prof. F. Tsann-kai-si (Vladimir).

Feedback presents analytical and critical review of  RPhS Bulletin 2011:3 by an independent observer Prof. V. F. Druzhinin (Moscow) and S. S. Peruanskii, Sc.D. (Moscow).

Remark by Prof. A.G.Pyrin (Moscow) – Non-Conflicting Conflict Resolution.

Viewpoint by Prof. A.G.Pyrin (Moscow) on Demographic Explosion in Russia is Possible!

Read Philosophical Prose for continued aphoristic thoughts by Michail Sergeev, Ph.D. (Philadelphia, the US).

Read Philosophers Joke Too for humoresques by Viacheslav Vasin (Moscow) and parody by P.Gurevich (Moscow).

The Poetic Page presents verses by Mikahil Zhikharevich (Pskov); V.Ivanov (Moscow); Viacheslav Vasin (Moscow), Tatiana Rushchina (S.Peterburg), Valerii Sagatovskii (Belgorod) and Boris Rezhabek (Moscow).

Read Our Contemporaries for an article about academic works of Prof. E.Taisina (Kazan) by Prof. M.Bilalov (Makhachkala).

In Memoria presents an article about life and works of Yurii Karyakin by A.Katsura, Ph.D.

Read Jubilee to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trial.

See also book reviews, annotations, book announcements, information about new philosophical books, books and journals available at the RPhS Presidium, doctoral (13) and candidate (52) dissertations in philosophy defended in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Published also are letters of congratulations on jubilees and other notable events in philosophers' lives and obituaries.

 As usual, the year's fourth issue contains information about the Plan of Conferences of the RPhS for 2012 (86) and about the Russian Philosophical Society's organizational structure (additionally to No 3): 4 regional branches, 3 field branches, 1 primary unit of the Moscow Philosophical Society; we also publish the complete RPhS membership list (5,768 members).

Read the information about the RPhS membership for 2012. Like in other issues of the Bulletin, it is explained that the Russian Philosophical Society counts as its members only those who have paid the yearly membership fee and have been consequently included in the current year membership list. They henceforward enjoy all the privileges of the Society members, including subscription to the RPhS Bulletin. Full membership lists are published yearly in RPhS Bulletin No. 3 for the year in question.

The Bulletin's subscription index in the Rospechat Catalogue is 79643. Please, send your e-mail messages addressed to the RPhS Presidium and the RPhS Bulletin Editorial Board to Our Internet websites are;; To contact the Editors, please call (495) 609-90-76 or (495) 697-92-98.




Le 17 novembre la Société Sénégalaise de Philosophie SO.SE.PHI a célébré la Journée mondiale de la Philosophie sur le thème du "Dialogue des cultures". Le public, divers dans sa composition, est venu nombreux. Les Sénégalais ignoraient l'existence d'une Journée mondiale de la Philosophie instaurée par l'UNESCO; mais les télévisions publiques et privées s'étant largement fait l'écho de la Journée organisée par la SO.SE.PHI, un large public a été touché. Nous comptons publier les communications, au nombre de huit.

-- Pr Mbengue Ramatoulaye Diagne






À la fin de l'année 2011 je vous souhaite une joyeuse fête de Noël et une bonne Nouvelle année.

L'année 2011 était avec assez de succès pour notre AIPPh.

En février, la délégation de l'AIPPh avec notre vice président Herman Lodewyckx, notre secrétaire Riccardo Sirello, le président de la Sociedad de Profesores de Filosofia Luis María Cifuentes Pérez  et moi-même était la plus grande pendant la « Réunion régionale de haut niveau sur l'enseignement de la philosophie «  de l'UNESCO à Milano. Vous trouvez les recommandations y résolues et ma contribution comme les textes mentionnés dans cette lettre dans notre page d'accueil.

En mars, j'étais nommé comme co-chair de la section « L'enseignement de la philosophie » du Congrès Mondial de la Philosophie en 2013 à Athènes par le président da la FISP William McBride. En juin, j'ai eu une conférence sur le programme de l'UNESCO et l'éducation nationale à Vienne.  En septembre nous pouvions publier la documentation de notre congrès à Leusden dans une forme imprimée et électronique.

Le point culminant de l'année 2011 fut notre congrès international sur la tolérance au début d'octobre à Münster, organisé avec l'Akademie Franz Hitze Haus et notre membre Mme Gabriele Münnix. L'année prochaine nous publierons un livre électronique sur cette réunion tellement fructueuse.

En octobre, la Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) présentait l'AIPPh dans sa lettre circulaire comme sujet principal.

En novembre, notre secrétaire Riccardo Sirello  et le membre de notre conseil d'administration Pekka Elo organisaient des journées de la philosophie impressionnantes  selon l'UNESCO à Savona et à Helsinki. Je suis très content que j'aie pu y contribuer avec des conférences sur Kant à Helsinki et sur Hannah Arendt par skype.

Grâce aux efforts de notre membre Mme. Monika Krah-Schulte, il y a maintenant un curriculum de philosophie complet de la première à la terminale, c'est-à-dire pour 12 ou 13 années scolaires, dans le Land Schleswig-Holstein. Je cherche une possibilité de le faire traduire au moins en anglais.

Je remercie beaucoup notre trésorier Edgar Fuhrken pour son soin pour notre page d'accueil, qui devient de plus en plus important dans le réseau philosophique. Aussi notre réseau Linkedin, guidé par notre vice président Herman Lodewyckx, agrandi toujours.

Les préparations pour notre congrès international prochain avec l'assemblée générale à Eichholz près de Bonn, organisé avec la fondation Konrad Adenauer, vont bien. Il aura lieu du 1er au 4 novembre 2012 avec le sujet stimulant « Les décisions politiques entre rationalité et prétention de sagesse ». Je peux dire déjà maintenant, que vous aurez des conférences avec des philosophes de très haut niveau. J' enverrai le programme avec l'invitation en février 2012.

À la fin de cette lettre, j'ai le devoir triste de vous communiquer que notre Président d'honneur Marcel Franz Fresco est mort à Leiden le 16 décembre, âgé de 86 ans.

                                                                        Werner Busch, Président


Am Ende des Jahres 2011 wünsche ich Ihnen ein besinnliches Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute für das neue Jahr.

Das Jahr 2011 war für unsere AIPPh ziemlich erfolgreich.

Im Februar war die Delegation der AIPPh während der hochrangigen UNESCO-Konferenz  zum Philosophieunterricht in Europa und Nord-Amerika in Mailand mit unserem Vizepräsidenten Herman Lodewycks, unserem Sekretär Riccardo Sirello, dem Präsidendenten der Sociedad de Profesores de Filosofia Luis María Cifuentes Pérez  und mir selbst die größte. Die dort beschlossenen Empfehlungen und meinen Beitrag sowie die anderen in diesem Brief genannten Texte finden Sie in unserer Homepage.

Im März wurde ich vom Präsidenten der FISP William McBride zum co-chair der Sektion Philosophieunterricht des Weltkongresses der Philosophie 2013 in Athen berufen. Im Juni hielt ich in Wien einen Vortrag zum Programm der UNESCO im Verhältnis zur nationalen Erziehung. Im September konnten wir die Dokumentation des Kongresses in Leusden in wenigen gedruckten Exemplaren und im Übrigen elektronisch veröffentlichen.

Den Höhepunkt des Jahres 2011 bildete unser internationaler Kongress zur Toleranz in Münster, organisiert mit der Akademie Franz Hitze Haus und unserem Mitglied Gabriele Münnix. Im kommenden Jahr werden wir zu diesem überaus fruchtbaren Treffen ein E-book veröffentlichen.

Im Oktober stellte die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) die AIPPh als Hauptbeitrag in ihrem Newsletter ausführlich vor.

Im November organisierten unser Sekretär Riccardo Sirello und das Mitglied unseres Vorstandes Pekka Elo in Savona und Helsinki beeindruckende Tage der Philosophie im Sinne der UNESCO. Es erfüllt mich mit Genugtuung, dass ich mit Vorträgen zu Kant in Helsinki und zu Hannah Arendt über Skype dazu beitragen konnte.

Dank der Bemühungen unseres Mitgliedes Monika Krah-Schulte  gibt es jetzt in Schleswig-Holstein einen vollständigen Philosophielehrplan von der ersten Klasse bis zum Abitur. Ich suche nach einer Möglichkeit, ihn zumindest in Englisch übersetzen zu lassen.

Ich danke unserem Schatzmeister Edgar Fuhrken vielmals für die Betreuung und Anpassung unserer Homepage, die für das philosophische Netz immer wichtiger wird. Unser Netz Linkedin, das unser Vizepräsident Herman Lodewyckx betreut, vergrößert sich ständig.

Die Vorbereitungen für unseren nächsten internationalen Kongress, den wir vom 1. bis 4. November 2012 in Eichholz bei Bonn zusammen mit der Konrad Adenauer Stiftung zum anregenden Thema „Politische Entscheidungen zwischen Rationalität und Weisheitsanspruch" veranstalten, entwickeln sich gut. Ich kann jetzt schon sagen, dass Sie Vorträge auf sehr hohem Niveau erleben werden. Das Programm mit der Einladung schicke ich im Februar 2012.

Am Ende dieses Briefes habe ich die traurige Pflicht Ihnen mitzuteilen, dass unser Ehrenpräsident Marcel Franz Fresco am 16. Dezember in Leiden im Alter von 86 Jahren verstorben ist.

                                                                        Werner Busch, Präsident


At the end of 2011, I wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

The year 2011 was quite successful for our AIPPh.

In February, during the high-level Conference of UNESCO in Milano about the teaching of philosophy in Europe and North America the delegation of the AIPPh with our Vice President Herman Lodewycks, our Secretary of Riccardo Sirello, the President of the Sociedad de Profesores de filosofia Luis Maria Cifuentes Perez and me was the largest. For the recommendations agreed on, my contribution, as well as the other texts referred to in this letter, cf. our home page.

In March I was appointed to co-chair of the section of philosophy teaching of the World Congress of philosophy in Athens 2013 by the President of the FISP William McBride. In June, I gave a presentation in Vienna on the program of UNESCO and national education. In September, we could publish the documentation of the Congress in Leusden in just a few printed copies and also electronically.

Our International Congress on tolerance was the climax of 2011 in Münster, organized together with the Academy Franz Hitze House and our member Gabriele Münnix. In the year to come, we will publish an E-book to this very fruitful meeting.

In their newsletter in October, the German Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) presented a major contribution in their newsletter about the AIPPh.

Our Secretary Riccardo Sirello and our member of the Board Peka Elo organized impressive days of philosophy in the sense of UNESCO. It fills me with satisfaction that I could help with lectures on Kant in Helsinki and on Hannah Arendt on Skype.

Thanks to the efforts of our Member Monika Krah-Schulte a complete philosophy curriculum from the first class to Abitur is published now for schools in Schleswig-Holstein. I will try to find a way to translate the text at least into English.

Many thanks to our treasurer Edgar Fuhrken for his care for our homepage and his efforts to adopt it to future needs which lie in establishing a sort of philosophical net. Our group in the network of LinkedIn, cared for by our Vice President Herman Lodewyckx, continues to grow.

The preparations for our next International Congress which will be held in Eichholz, near Bonn from November 1 to 4 2012 in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on the stimulating theme "Political decisions between rationality and claim for wisdom" are on a good way. I can promise that you will experience presentations on a very high level. I'll send the program with the invitation in February 2012.

At the end of this letter I have the sad duty to inform you that our Honorary President Marcel Franz Fresco died in Leiden at the age of 86 on 16 December.

                                                                        Werner Busch, President



 Message from the President:

The work of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) has been advancing rapidly with the needs of the times. You will find greater detail on the following pages, but here is a quite summary of some key themes, all of which are also designated regional conferences of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP).

New Regional Centers: Their development enables greater structure for the RVP network in promoting research in philosophy related to the global character of life today. In addition to the RVP headquarters in Washington, D.C., RVP regional centers were inaugurated in 2011 at Notre Dame University, Beirut, and Fudan University, Shanghai. New RVP Centers will be inaugurated in 2012 at the People's Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, and at Renmin (People's) University of China, Beijing.

Seminars:     Three to five week seminars for research in 2012 will be held in the Spring and Fall in

Washington, D.C. and in the Fall in Beirut.

A Set of Research Teams is carrying out a yet more extended three year project with Charles Taylor on

the evolution of value horizons described in his A Secular Age.

Publications: 11 new volumes expand the 250 volume series with the results of the work of research

teams in the RVP network in all parts of the world.

This issue of the RVP newsletter is a report on the work accomplished in 2011 and in process. Especially it is a expression of thanks and an invitation to philosophers, thinkers and scholars across the world to join in this effort and put their special creative competencies at the service of their people in this time of dynamic change. Please write of your interests in participating in the programs listed below and/or developing further work.

The RVP wishes to thank the Ford, H&L Bradley and Raskob Foundations, as well as the OSVI and OST for their generous support.

George F. McLean

December 2011 


Spring Seminar 2012, Washington, D.C

Washington, D.C. March 26-April 6, 2012: "Role of Religions in Public Discourse: Recent Development in the Thought of Jurgen Habermas" Throughout his lifetime Jürgen Habermas has stood firmly for the role of reason in philosophy and indeed in life itself. This has led him to take a positive interest in the role of reason in social communication. It has also constituted him as the ever vigilant guardian against any efforts seeming to compromise the role of reason in public life, whether in terms of an historical and cultural hermeneutics or the role of religion. Hence his efforts to find a proper role for religion in relation to the liberal state have been especially significant.

The present seminar will not only review Habermas' relatively recent efforts to see how religion can serve as an auxiliary to public discourse. It will go further and deeper by examining especially his most recent study of myth and ritual. Presented in Washington in October 2011, this was an archeology of the very constitution of human consciousness through myth, symbol and ritual as these made it possible for our ancestry to transcend the ego and become finally and truly human through establishing social relations. This takes religion beyond a periphery and auxiliary role to recognize its essential place in the very germination of all social life.

Hence, this seminar on "Religion in Public Discourse" will treat such issues as the relegation of religious horizons behind Rawls' veil of ignorance, and the resultant search for ways in which it can re-enter the public sphere. Especially it will focus on Habermas' latest hypothesis that indeed religion can never be separated from public life because it has been foundational of human life from the beginning, as is recounted in the Hindu and the Abrahamic creation narratives.

Applications for participation in this seminar should be sent by email by January 15, 2011, to Participants will cover their own travel; the RVP will provide room and board during the seminar. 


Fall Seminar 2012, Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.,September 24-October 26, 2012: "Building Community in a Mobile/GlobalAge". Domestic migration and international immigration have long been integral to growth and development world-wide. Cities and even countryside now become cosmopolitan and international. Current political unrest and the economic recession have changed the rules of the global, regional, and local practice so that in this process the immigrant or refugee has, in many cases, become the victim. The fall RVP seminar in Washington will examine the global phenomenon of global migration, and the needed correlative, "hospitality." Too often, the so-called 'alien' is objectified, as a commodity of production and deemed 'useful' or 'legal,' depending on her/his perceived-role in the production cycle. A hermeneutical approach, allowing for the unveiling of 'prejudices' and the dignity of the human person, can open an alternative way for our mobile/global age. Readings will trace a path in Eastern and Western philosophy from Confucius and the Greeks, through Aquinas and Ibn Kaldun, to such recent thinkers as Gadamer and Levinas. Throughout, the seminar will seek to respond to life in our current mobile/global age with its need for community and hospitality. Applications for participation in this seminar with vita and bibliography should be sent by email by March 1, 2012, to Participants will cover their own travel; the RVP will provide room and board.


Fall Seminar 2012, Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon, October 1-26., 2012: "The Value of Forgiveness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Philosophy". As globalization continues to effect wide scale relocation of many people worldwide, a process that increases the vulnerability of a significant number of people, the present economic crisis has only compounded the problem. One result is that local, regional, and international conflict is on the rise. At the same time, such movement of peoples both domestically and internationally is inevitable and has long been important for world-wide progress. Philosophical work on the idea of global justice, as a reaction to this challenge, is not wanting, and much progress has been made in the attempt to apply global justice to various concepts of international law. But what still seems to be lacking, is further research on how values such as compassion and forgiveness complement the value of justice, and on how this complementary relation can be introduced into systems of law. In this regard, the rich philosophical traditions of the Abrahamic religions have much to offer. Applications for participation in this seminar should be sent by email by March 1st, 2012, to and Participants normally cover their own travel; the RVP will provide room and board during the seminar. The seminar will be held at the RVP Center at Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon. 



The Russian Republic 

Washington, D.C., January 25-27, 2012:"In Search of Culturally Based Civil Society". This conference is intended as a constructive exchange of views on trends in the concept of civil society. It will join a range of philosophical and political traditions. The conference will consider the theory of civil society and its relevance to the acute and specific problems of modern society. The concept of civil society was widely used in academia, journalism and political discussion in the late 1980s and the first half of 1990s. It then faded into the background and was reduced to a narrow formula, indicating a certain number of supposedly

popular non-governmental organizations. It thereby lost its theoretical significance and potential importance for understanding contemporary society. In the current global economic crisis, civil society is both needed and itself in need of fundamental rethinking and deeper cultural roots. It is necessary to restore the theoretical concept of civil society in order to discover and explore its heuristic potential for responding to the crises being experienced in most important and controversial socio-political and ideological processes unfolding on the global level.

The main topics of the conference: Philosophical and cultural foundations for civil society; formation of civil society in post communist and developing countries: achievements, peculiarities and contradictions; Russian civil society and the state: dialectics of interrelation or path to dependency.

Applications for participation in this conference should be sent by email by January 15, 2011, to . Participants will cover their own travel, the RVP will provide room and board during the seminar. For further information please contact Professor Yuriy Pochta,   at the People's Friendship University of Russia, and    . 

Moscow, Russia, April 19-21, 2012: "Philosophy and Spirituality across Cultures and Religious Traditions". The present development of a global outlook presents both challenges and opportunities. A new sense of individual identity can not only enrich the sense of personal dignity but endanger the social foundations upon which the values and virtues of a culture rests. In turn, this can lead to a period of confusion, anomie and even lawlessness. This is especially true for the young who lack a mature experience of the values of their own tradition while encountering the unfamiliar and as yet unassimilated values of others. The conference will seek to explore the deeper spiritual roots of the cultures East and West. In particular it will search for ways of understanding what it means to be human, or a philosophical anthropology; how human life can be lived with justice, dignity and responsibility, or a philosophical ethics; and the spiritual foundations of values and virtues, or a metaphysics for our global times.

In this light papers are invited for the following four sessions: 1.Contemporary Challenges to traditional Values and Virtues; 2. Philosophical Foundations for Human Dignity and Meaning; 3. The Integration of Philosophies and Spiritualities: East and West; and 4. The Role of Religion in the Life of a Secularized World.

For further information please contact Professor Ruzana Pskhu  at the People's

Friendship University of Russia and  

A Joint Center of PFUR and RVP in Moscow, Russia

A Joint Center of The People's Friendship University of Russia (PFUR) and The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) is in preparation in Moscow. Russian People's Friendship University (RPF) is especially well placed for this work due to its rich scholarly resources, among which the following stand out:

1/ It is unquestionably one of Russia's premier universities. 2/ Its long tradition as the center for the Russian engagement with the cultures of Africa, Asia and Islam. 3/ Its ability to explore the spiritual foundation of these many civilizations. 4/ Its location in Moscow with its special sensibility to the evolving mindsets of the many parts of the world, now coming together to form the new global order. The Nature of the Center: (1) Structure: A center under the Provost with an inter-departmental mission of stimulating scholarship in relation to national and global cultural change. (2) Personnel: two or three permanent scholars with a set of related interns and appropriate administrative personnel.

Ulan-Ude, eastern Siberia, Russia

Ulan-Ude, eastern Siberia, Russia, June 7-8, 2012: "Interrelation of Eurasian Cultures in a Global Age". The lake Baikal region of Burgyat is a land of many engagements. To the East it faces Japan, to the west it is part of the Russian Federation and to the South it relates to Mongolia and the great people of China. How is it to understand and live these complex intercultural relationships? This calls for achieving the needed understanding of self, of other -- or is it the myriad others-- and of the interrelation of the two.

The relatively new science of hermeneutics may be able to play a helpful role in this. Particularly, as global interaction and its related technologies develop, isolation is no longer a protection or a desirable alternative. Understanding complementary relations with neighboring peoples and being able to take pride in the ability to relate to them becomes not only possible but imperative. Indeed, in the communication of global age relations now are not only to neighboring people but to peoples everywhere. The issue then is one of knowledge and will, of ethics and metaphysics, of philosophy and religion. All these will be explored for their hermeneutic significance in this conference.

For further information contact Professor Irina Boldonova ( ) at the Buryat

State University and 


The Lao People's Democratic Republic

Vientiane, Laos, May 21-22, 2012: "Cultural Traditions and Goals for Human Development". This theme has itself evolved in three broad strokes. At first development was understood as an economic phenomenon. Second it was noted that as development projects could have relatively brief or even negative effect it was necessary to plan with a view to their sustainability. Third the United Nations agencies discovered that a major indicator of such sustainability was whether in the planning those affected were consulted so that their cultural traditions and expectations could be taken into account. All of this was brought together by the Indian scholar, Amartya Sen, in his focus on human capabilities as both processes and opportunities which enable people to do and be what they value, for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in economics. To investigate this issue papers for the conference are invited for four sub-themes: (1) what should be considered authentic development, (2) the conditions for sustainable development, (3) how can cultural traditions enable development, and (4) the significance of this for intercultural relations in global times within Southeast Asia and with other world regions in terms of economics, politics and human dignity.

For further information please contact Professor Khamphon Bounnady, Director of the Institute of Political Sciences, the Laotian Academy of Social Sciences (  ).


The People's Republic of China

Wuhan, China, May 25-27, 2012: "Transcendence and Immanence in Confucianism and Christianity". Immanence and transcendence have always been key elements of a religious vision. In Christianity they are correlative rather than contradictory; thus the greater the transcendence the greater the immanence or presence of the divine in all creation, including the human heart. There could be special insights in this regard in Confucianism and other Chinese philosophies. Despite the insistence of many that there is no transcendence in the Christian sense, there is much in Chinese culture about Heaven, the Temple of Heaven and "all under Heaven". Moreover the strong notion in Chinese culture of an inner transcendence suggests that there may be important mutual contributions with the Christian notion of a correspondence of transcendence with immanence. This is an issue not only of special promise in these days of global interchange, but of the need to assure human dignity in times which can prove to be dehumanizing. Hence the topic promises to be of special interest and of important value for our times.

The conference will be held at School of Philosophy, Wuhan University. For further information

please contact Professor Huang Chao:   with copy to  .


Wuhan, China, May 29-30, 2012: "Dialogue and Cooperation among Cultures and Civilizations". Today, economic models for development often raise new challenges. In particular some educational models restrict people's ability to reach more deeply into the philosophical and social roots of their cultural identities, and hence impede their application to the issues of the times. This can slow progress and deaden the creative imagination, while failing to protect against egoism, social inequality and mutual antipathies. Yet these challenges can also entail new and unexpected opportunities as they call the new vision and commitment needed in order to navigate peacefully our changing world. This, in turn, requires rethinking the place and role of the various philosophical traditions with a view to their enrichment and/or more appropriate and progressive application in these times of global interchange. This calls urgently for philosophical attention. Such an effort needs to be a matter not of attenuating or abstracting from the humanities and their philosophical foundations, but of more fully appreciating and bringing to bear, these cultural resources for facing present challenges.

The conference will be held at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. For further information please contact Professor Ouyang Kang (Vice President of the HUST): )and Professor Gang Chen ( ) .


Beijing, China, June 2-3, 2012: "Traditional Values and Virtues in Social Life Today". The transition from traditional to modern society which has lasted some four centuries draws different sectors of human society into an almost synchronous process of globalization. Compared to traditional society, however, modernization is also a utilitarian pursuit of material interests and desires, which has led to a weakening of traditional morality. Alasdair MacIntyre has described our times as coming 'after virtue'. This suggests that the process of globalization raises such questions as: - the relation of values and virtues, - the relation of both to culture and religion, - whether in contemporary society traditional moral virtues have lost their vitality, and if so - how to renew these by values as foundations for a contemporary moral life. With him, since the 1980s many ethicists in the West have gone back to Aristotle to advocate a 'virtue ethics,' which has now become an important contemporary school. For China this raises the question of the position of its traditional values and virtues in contemporary social life: do they respond to the moral issues of modern society; and to what extent do changing values provide the additional resources needed for a global ethic. All this calls for research in ethics that examines the human predicament in contemporary society and rediscovers from the tradition the significance of human values and virtues for life today.

This conference will be held at Renmin (People's) University of China in Beijing. For further information please contact Prof. Gong Qun:  or


Beijing, China. A Joint Center of The Renmin (People's) University of China (RUC) and The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) will be inaugurated at the June 2-3 conference in Beijing. The purpose of the center is to think ahead and develop insights for this global age. In the past China's concern for others has been represented by constructing Parliament buildings, stadiums, etc., in many developing countries. Now China needs to project itself as an attractive model in which others have confidence and which they welcome to take an active, indispensable and leading position in shaping the global future. Renmin University of China is ready to play this central role. To do so there is now need for a center to harvest and integrate the separate contributions of Renmin University's other centers for the study of China's classical and modern heritages and to relate these to scholars across the world. This will help project China into its rightful position as a global partner which is especially admired, welcomed economically, politically and culturally everywhere, and able to lead in global affairs. The center will be under the leadership of the School of Philosophy, the Renmin (People's) University of China in Beijing.


The Republic of Austria

Vienna, Austria, June 18-20, 2012: "Faith in a Secular Age". This is the continuation of the project launched in November 2009. Currently, two research teams are completing work on the themes of transhumanism and the socio-political order respectively. This conference follows a meeting in Vienna last June which explored the contemporary challenges in religion and spirituality. It will initiate another set of research teams to work on related issues.

For further information please contact: .


The Republic of Poland

Poznan, Poland, September 13-14, 2012: "Identities and Modernization". The aim of the conference is to explore the role of individual and collective identities in processes of modernization in multiple civilizations and cultures. Modernization was understood first of all as an economic and technological phenomenon pursued by contemporary societies throughout the world. This caused problems for traditional communities and identities, which are weakening or transforming into new forms.

Hence, the conference invites discussion among others: (1) Which characteristics of collective (social, religious, cultural, political) identities can enable innovation, and which impede modernization? (2) How to avoid negative effects of modernization upon social and cultural identities? (3) Is it possible to promote the sustainability of particular cultural identities while developing global cohesion?

The discussion of these problems will contribute to a better understanding of the current state of globalization, with, on the one hand, individualistic processes and, on the other hand, traditional

collective identities. Can the heritage of values and norms, customs and beliefs and the struggle to persist and to enable societies to evolve as unique subjects, despite the stress of global forces?

This conference will be held at the Institute of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University. For further information please contact Professor Tadeusz Buksinski at The Institute of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University:  and



Spring and Fall Seminars 

Washington, D.C., August 24-September 26, 2011: "Responsibility Personal and Social: Foundations for Life in a Global Age". The human search to understand in order to control contains an unfortunate inbuilt reductionist dynamic. If the religious order leads to the mystery of divine life, religious research turns rather to the human as the more familiar and patent. Similarly if the human contains the mysteries of human freedom, the search for clarity turns rather to differences, disjunctions and conflicts, to what is necessary and necessitated about human life as the physical sciences remain the paradigm of human sciences. In this process what is lost sight of is responsibility either for others or even for oneself; one's actions and ethics become fields of mechanics.

At the same time the developments of human knowledge put ever greater power into human hands such that the destructive power in the world is uncontrolled and grows exponentially. This becomes ever more obvious not only in military terms, but in economics and politics, such that we live in a situation of increasing terror based less in others than in ourselves.

This calls for a rediscovery of human responsibility as the basis for an ethical order for guiding human life and action. Such was the goal of the seminar on responsibility, both personal and social as the foundation of life in a global age. Its aim was to foster an understanding of being human as the condition of being a member of society — as family, community, and indeed as global whole. Its focus was upon the realization of an holistic sense of human existence that promotes empathetic understanding and a constructive peace among human beings, cultures and nations, religions and civilizations. For this the seminar studied especially the thought of Emmanuel Levinas in Otherwise Than Being and Beyond in order to uncover a foundational self-responsibility in relation to neighbor and a willingness to assume radical openness to the transcendent.

The seminar participants came from such countries as Bulgaria, Belgium, Canada, China, Italy, Lithuania, USA, Vietnam (saee ). The seminar was conducted by Professor João J. Vila-Chã, Professor of the Gregorian University, Rome, and RVP Vice President for Programming. With his expertise in Levinas Professor Vila-Chã led the seminar participants in a careful reading of Levinas' work and a detailed discussion of his thought on the "Other". The seminar participants presented papers which fostered intensive discussions in relation to the issue of responsibility in the understanding of various cultures and civilizations. These papers will be published in the RVP series "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change" along with those of previous conferences.

The seminar was enriched by three lectures, two of which were given by Professor Richard A. Cohen, Professor of Philosophy, University at Buffalo, on "Levinas' Philosophy" and the "Metaphysics Import of Otherwise Than Being and Beyond". Professor Cohen, a leading specialist on Levinas, has published extensively on his thought: LevinasianMeditations: Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2010; Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy: Interpretation After Levinas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001; Ricoeur As Another: The Ethics of Subjectivity, Richard A. Cohen and James L. Marsh, eds. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001, etc. He led off his presentation from the position of Zeno following the multiple and discrete to the Levinas' fundamental sense of the need to relate to others as the very condition of humanness, thereby opening the issue of the further resources of unity in the creator and goal of human life.

A third lecture was by Professor Vincent Shen, Lee Chair Professor of the University of Toronto and RVP Executive Board member, on "Confucian Altruism, Generosity and Justice: A Response to Globalization". Specifically, Professor Shen gave a detailed elaboration of the notion of "Strangefication" in this global age, where one encounters people increasingly different from themselves. This calls for the promotion of such traditional values and virtues as generosity, benevolence, compassion, love, etc. Professor Shen's lecture echoed Levinas' thought on the "other" and complemented the seminar's focus from the Chinese perspective.

The seminar participants were invited by the Graham family for lunch at Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. During the lunch, the related issue of immigration emerged; the seminar participants had an intensive discussion and debate on the issue of immigration policies, how immigrants have been treated in different countries, how migrant workers from the countryside to big cities have encountered many problems, leading to a recognition of the need to explore further the notion of hospitality in relation to the other. This issue will become the focus for the 2012 RVP fall seminar in Washington, D.C. 


Beirut, Lebanon, May 18-31, 2011: "Philosophy and Mysticism between Europe and Asia: The Cosmopolitan Dimensions of Islamic Thought and Spirituality". The RVP Center at Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon, in conjunction with the Iranian Institute of Philosophy (IIP), Tehran, held an intensive 3 week seminar both at the campus of Notre Dame University and at the Cedars Institute in North Lebanon. Leading Christian and Muslim scholars from all parts of the world met to present scholarly papers and discuss texts, focusing on the topic "Freedom, Modernity, and Islam." The findings of the seminar will be published in the CRVP book series "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change". The inauguration of the new RVP Center at Notre Dame University took place as the culminating event of the seminar. The seminar participants were also invited by The Sapiential Knowledge Institute For Religious & Philosophical Studies in Beirut to hold part of the seminar at their headquarters in Beirut, which was very fruitful. One notable and concrete result of these meetings was the Institute's decision to undertake an Arabic translation of the main text of the seminar, Freedom. Modernity, and Islam by Richard Kuri. The new RVP Center plans to hold annual extended seminars in Lebanon modeled after the annual fall seminars in Washington D.C., that have been held there for the last 30 years.


Beijing, China, June 18-19, 2011: "Urbanization, New Migrants and Community Ethic Building: China and the World". This conference was held at the School of International Relations, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. The conference was conceived during the visit of Professors Dai Changzhong and Wang Bo, Dean and Assistant Dean of the School of International Relations in September 2011. The aim of the conference was to provide a forum for both Chinese and international scholars to exchange their research findings, to enhance their understanding of the fundamental forces in the process of urbanization and community building and to open more perspectives through enhanced discussions. The conference focused on discussions of the burning issue of urbanization and community building in developing countries, with a particular focus on China, as it has emerged in the process of modernization. The cultural traditions and values as well as the dynamic characters of urban modernization make such intersections challenging and provide an opportunity for human experience of a new model of social reality. The conference studied the issue of urbanization and community in contemporary life in a multidisciplinary manner in order to understand the urbanized human conditions. It drew on the resources of various cultural expressions and traditions. Such reflections fostered both the appropriation of cultural insights and the application of practical critique to the current dilemmas that emerge at the intersection and interchange of forces which form the contemporary urban situation in various cultures throughout the world and particularly in China. The conference was divided into three subthemes: (1) Urbanization and Nation-building; (2) New Migrants and Urban Governance; and (3) Urbanization and Social Identity..

Professor Daniel A. Bell (Shanghai Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University) gave a keynote speech on "The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in This Global Age". He explored the importance of particular ethos for building a uniquecity in these global times. He pointed out that even though many cities look alike but there is something special to each city which characterizes itself as Beijing, Shanghai, etc. Professor Bell has published such books as China's New Confucianism (Princeton University Press, 2008), The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of Cities Matters in This Global Age, with Avner de-Shalit (Princeton University Press, 2011), etc. Dai Changzheng, Duan Qing, Liu Baocheng, Qiao Xuan, Wang Bo, Xiong Guangqing, Xiong Lili, Xu Ting, etc. as well as a student group from the University of International Business and Economics presented papers. Many professors from other universities such as Duan Chengrong and Sun Baiying (the Renmin University of China), Feng Xiaoying (Beijing Academy of Social Sciences), Wang Wenqing (Beijing Institute of Technology), Ma Wei (Tsinghua University) also presented papers at the conference. Zhang Yingxin (Chinese Social Sciences Today), Xie Yahong (Chinese Public Administration), Dong Qixin (ChinAfrica), Yu Yun (New Vesion), and Nie Ligao (China Daily) also took part in the conference. International visiting scholars included: Jean Bertrand Amougou (Cameroon), Philippe Descheneau(Canada), James Loiaconom (USA), Meinhold, Roman (Thailand), Fancis Odey and Okafor Frank-Collins Nnamdi (Nigeria), Yuriy Pochta (Russia) and Hu Yeping (RVP). They presented papers on the issues from different perspectives according to the situation in their own countries.


Wuhan, China, June 21-22, 2011: "Dialogue between Confucianism and Christianity". This conference was held at the School of Philosophy ,Wuhan University. The conference explored the general issues related to how Confucianism and Christianity each bring rich but still limited insight regarding human nature and existence, and how the dialogue between the two held the intrinsic promise of complementarity and mutual enrichment.

The conference was opened by Professor Zhu Zhifang, Dean of the School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, followed by Professor Gou Qiyong, a well-known scholar of Confucianism and the Director of Research Center of Confucius and Confucianism, Wuhan University, who has published intensively on the study of Chinese culture and history, such as History of Chinese Philosophy, New Comments on Confucianism and its History, Traditional Virtues and Contemporary Life, An Introduction to Culture as a Discipline, etc. Hu Yeping spoke on behalf of the RVP to express the gratitude to the School of Philosophy, particularly Professor Huang Chao who spent a year as a Visiting Scholar in Washington and planned and coordinated the conference, and Professor Zhai Zhihong, Chair of the Religion Department of the School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, who expressed the desire to continue this effort in organizing a conference on specific issues between Confucianism and Christianity.The briefing of the conference was also published in the Chinese Social Science Newspaper (July 26, 2011).

Both Chinese and international participants presented papers. For instance, "Confucianism in China and beyond in the Globalization Era" by Yang Fenggang; "Comparing "Ren Ai" of Confucianism with 'Love of God' of Thomas Aquinas" by Wu Gengyou; "Cultural Tradition as a Necessary Condition for Growth; by Warayuth Sriwarakuel; "The Value of Confucian Benevolence and the Universality of the Confucian Way of Extending Love" by Guo Qiyong; "Some Thoughts on Comparing Classical Confucianism with Christian Scriptures and Greek Philosophy" by Vincent Shen; "Research on Religious Thoughts of Confucius—Seen from a Drought in the State of Lu" by Ouyang Zhenren; "Confucianism, Christianity and the Sources of Common Understanding" by Jānis (John) T. Ozoliņš; "Features and Effects of Doctrines of Body in Confucianism and Christianity from the Perspective of Political Philosophy" by Chu Zhaohua; "Matteo Ricci's interpretation of Zhuxi's Neo-Confucianism" by Sang Jingyu; "Charity and Humanity: A Comparative Study on Ethics of Christianity and of Confucianism with Thomas Aquinas and Zhu Xi as Instances" by Fang Yong; "The Humanizations of Christian Philosophy and Chinese Buddhism: Illustrated by Transcendental Christology and Laic Bodhissatva Theory" by Xu Tao; "The Impossibility of Being a Confucian Christian or a Christian Confucian" by Hao Changchi; "Reflection on the Preaching Mode of Jesus Plus Confucius" by Du Xiaoan; "Confucianism Facing Christianism in the West: the Stakes of a Necessary Dialogue in a Global Age" by Jean Bertrand Amougou; "Thoughts on Confucianism, Christianity and Their Relationship" by Hu Zhihong, etc.


Wuhan, China, June 24, 2011: "Cross-Cultural Communication". This colloquium was hosted and held at the Philosophy Department, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). After the conference held at Wuhan University, Professor Ouyang Kang, Vice President of the HUST, Director of the Center for Scientific Progress and Human Spirit, Chief Editor of the University Journal (Social Science Edition), and Director of the Institute of Philosophy, HUST, invited the international scholars to come to attend this meeting at the HUST. Professor Ouyang Kang has rich experience and theoretical study of the cross-cultural communication and cooperation. In addition he has traveled intensively in different continents in order to investigate and learn from other cultures and civilizations. He worked in Washington to establish long-term cooperation with the RVP.

Each of the international scholars spoke of their understandings on the possibilities and perspectives of cross-cultural dialogue, communication and cooperation in this complex global age. Professors and students from the HUST were interested in knowing the contemporary situation in Africa, Russia, South East Asia, and so on. In order to challenge the audience to attend to the issue of language barriers in cross-cultural communication, Professor Jean Bertrand Amougou from Cameroon spoke in French and was translated by Professor Vincent Shen. The atmosphere of the colloquium was alive and friendly with presentations and questions and answers throughout.

In order to explore this issue further and to have in-depth philosophical analyses drawing from different cultural resources Professor Ouyang Kang proposed to have a 2-day conference on this issue of cross-cultural communication in 2012. (See above.)


Shanghai, China, June 26-27, 2011: "Revitalizing Chinese Culture: Values and Virtues for a Global Age". This conference inaugurated the new Center for the Study of Chinese Culture and Values in the Global Context (SCCV) at the School of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. In recent decades China has risen to a leading position in the world economy based on profit; now it begins to play a special role as well in the political order based on power. Both of these are limited, however, and hence tend to engender competition. In this context the greater the success the greater the suspicion regarding motivation, followed by resistance that slows further progress. Hence, the goal of this newly-established center is to explore how China can revitalize its cultural values and virtues in response to the above challenges and contribute its dynamic "soft power" to the future of the global community. The topics concerned: 1/ The significance of Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist, and Chinese Marxist values and virtues for revitalizing Chinese Culture; 2/ Possible Chinese contributions to the challenge of globalization; 3/ An integral philosophical project for the new Fudan Center for the Study of Chinese Culture and Values in the Global Context. At the conference Professor Sun Xiangcheng, Dean of the School of Philosophy, gave the opening remarks. Professor Yu Wujing, Head of the Center for Contemporary Marxist Studies, also spoke about the nature and goal of the new Center. Professor Vincent Shen, the RVP Executive Committee member, spoke on behalf of the RVP expressing appreciation to the School of Philosophy, Fudan University and particularly to Professors Liu Fangtong, Yu Wujing and Huang Songjie, etc., for their long-term cooperation, fine intellectual tradition in philosophical investigations, and generous effort in launching this new Center. Professor Wang Xinsheng, Vice Dean of the School of Philosophy at Fudan University, was assigned as the Director of this new Center, along with Professor Zou Shipeng and other professors who will be involved in the Center's various projects. During the two day conference the participations presented papers on culture and values from various perspectives. The RVP delegations included: Amougou Jean Bertrand from Yaounde, Cameroon; Yuriy Pochta from Moscow, Russia; Vincent Shen from Toronto/Taipei; Warayuth Sriwarakuel from Bangkok, Thailand; João J. Vila-Chã from Rome, Italy; James Loiacono and Hu Yeping from Washington. Professors from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and other universities in Shanghai took part as well.


Shanghai, China, June 28, 2011: "The Role of Philosophy". This conference was held at the Institute of Philosophy, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. It was led by Professor He Xirong, Director of the Institute on the theme: the role of philosophy in contemporary China and the global world. Professor Yu Xuanmeng, head of Center for Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Philosophy, Professor Lu Xiaohe, head of Center for Economic Ethics, Professor Zhou Shan, Head of Center for Chinese Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, and Professor Cheng Shumei, Head of the Center for thePhilosophy of Science, introduced their work and its academic results to the RVP delegation (Amougou Jean Bertrand from Yaoundé, Cameroon; Irina Boldonova and her colleague from Ulan-Ude, and Yuriy Pochta from Moscow, Russia; Warayuth Sriwarakuel from Bangkok, Thailand; João J. Vila-Chã from Rome, Italy; James Loiacono and Hu Yeping from Washington, who were also at Fudan University).

Participants had an intensive discussions on such issues as cultural traditions and the contemporary world, the significance of cultural exchange, the role of philosophy in the development of society and humanity, the commitments of world philosophers, the contribution of Chinese philosophy to the future of the world philosophy, how philosophy can play its proper role in this complex global environment at both the national and international levels, what the future philosophy would be, whether different philosophical schools can be enriched and complementary, the relationship between cultures and philosophies, the development of philosophy in China, whether philosophy can help solve socio-political problems, and so on.

Professor He Xirong on behalf of the Institute of Philosophy presented the members of the RVP delegation with the publications: Journal of Philosophical Analysis and Journal of Chinese Contemporary Marxist Studies, and invited the visiting scholars to contribute philosophical ideas and insights. She also generously invited the visiting scholars to visit the Shanghai Historical Museum and the Bund.



Bucharest, Romania, June 3-4, 2011: "Values of the Human Person: Contemporary Challenges". The aim of this conference was to frocus attention on the values of the human person considered under the impact of the contemporary process of globalization. Paradoxically, continuous qualitative increase and diversification of knowledge cause more and more fragmentation in human self-understanding of oneself and one's cultural and social environment. This threatens human civilization in new ways as new challenges are addressed to the humanities, knowledge and culture, arts, natural sciences, sociology. These call in turn for a diagnosis of classical, modern and postmodern models of theoretical, scientific, political and artistic thinking with regard to the main values of the human being.

The conference was planned when Professor Mihaela Pop took part in the Poznan confernece in June 2010. It was hosted and held by the Faculty of Philosophy, the University of Bucharest. Professor Romulus Brancoveanu, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, and Professor Mihaela Pop coordinated the conference which had parallel sessions in two languages (Romanian and English). The international scholars, Asya Markova and BogdanaTodorova (Bulgaria); Gong Qun (China); Ulrich Steinvorth (Germany/Turkey); Vassiliki Solomou Papanicolaou and Helen Karabatzaki (Greece); Seema Bose (India); Leon Dyczewski and Marek Pytko (Poland); John Farina (USA) and Hu Yeping (RVP), etc., presented papers on issues of the human person in society, publicness and human dignity, the modern notion of the human person, human values in public life, the authenticity of the human person, etc.

Professors and students from Romania, Stefan Afloroaiei, Marin Aiftinca, Iulia Anghel, Ana Bazac, Cristian Berti, Catalin Bobb, R. Brancoveanu, Sebastian Chirimbu, A Chitoiu, Adrian Costache, Liviu Costin, W. Danca, M. Dumitrana, Costea Elena, Florin Frunza, Cornelia Gasparel, Maria Gioga, Iulian Gabriel Hrusca, Lavinia Marin, Alexandru Nastase, Teodor Negru, Vicentiu Patrascu, Dorina Patrunsu, Mihaela Pop, Gabriel Roman, Tarciziu Serban, Bogdan Silion, Constantin Stoenescu, Voichita Tebeanu, Sabin Totu, Viorel Vizureanu, etc., presented papers on issues of various human values in a democratic society under the impact of globalization, modern and postmodern understandings of the human person, religious understanding of the human person, aesthetic values and human life, ecological challenges to human living, and the impact of science and technology on humanity


Vienna, Austria, July 12-13, 2011: "Faith in a Secular Age". This conference continued the project on "Faith in a Secular Age" inaugurated in November, 2009 through the dialogue between Cardinal Francis George of Chicago and Professor Charles Taylor. Two research teams were formed: one by the Woodstock Theological Center of Georgetown University on issues of transhumanism or the interior search for meaning in the secular age; the other by scholars from across the United States on issues of religion and the socio-political order.

The conference was conceived by Professors Charles Taylor, José Casanova, and George F. McLean and held at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna. The focus of the conference was specifically on the religious situation in Europe and North America. It aimed at analyzing the problematic situation of the Church, particularly in terms of four disjunctions: between seekers and dwellers, authoritarian Church teachings, natural law and morality and historicity, and the plural spiritualities of the major global religions. It pointed in the direction of a kenotic theology of the Church in terms of suffering and service. The follow-up conference is planned for June 2012.

The participants were William Barbieri (Catholic University of America, USA); Anthony Carroll (Heythrop College, UK), José Casanova (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, USA); Daniel Deckers (Frankfurter Allgemeine, Germany); Tomás Halik (Charles University, the Czech Republic); Danièle Hervieu-Léger (EHESS, France); Dermot Lane and Ethna Regan (Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University, Ireland); George F. McLean (the CRVP), John Milbank (University of Nottingham, UK), Herta Nagl and Ludwig Nagl (Universität Wien); Francis C. Oakley (Williams College, USA); Charles Taylor (McGill University, Canada); Paul Thibaud (Esprit, France); and Henryk Wozniakowski (Znak, Poland). 


Vientiane, Laos, July 2, 2011: "Protection, Promotion and Encouragement of Ethnics and Culture in the Global Age". The RVP representatives, Hu Yeping and James A. Loiacono, held a colloquium with members of the various institutes of the Laotian Academy of Social Sciences. The colloquium was hosted by Professor Khamphone Bounnady, Director of the Institute for Political Research of the same Academy. Issues discussed during the colloquium were how to manage to save one's own cultural traditions and values, how to face challenges imposed by the unpredictable changing world, and how to maintain peace and harmony among different ethnic groups in this global era. Hu Yeping presented a paper discussing what culture means to a people and the development of one's traditional values in time. J.A. Loiacono talked about his experience with migrant ethnic groups in the United States and how cultures as genetic codes work within each cultural group. During the discussion period the participants asked many questions related to the theme. The colloquium was well attended.

During the visit the Institute of Political Research and the RVP planned a 2-day meeting which will be on May 21-22, 2012 on "Cultural Traditions and Goals for Human Development".


Vientiane, Laos, July 3, 2011: RVP representatives Hu Yeping and James A. Loiacono visited the National University of Laos in Vientiane and had a fruitful discussion with staff members of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences exploring the possibilities of future cooperation between the RVP and the philosophy section of the National University of Laos. Both expressed their interests and desires for developing potential collaboration on research projects, conferences, seminars, and publications. The professors from the University expressed their eagerness to take part in future activities organized with the RVP.



Hanoi, Vietnam, July 7-8, 2011: "Cultural Traditions and Sustainable Development". This conference was the fifth biannual RVP South East Asian conference and was held at the Institute of Philosophy, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences. The focus of the conference was on "development" not only in terms of economics but more importantly in terms of the authentic development of human life in all its aspects; and in intercultural relations in Southeast Asian region in this global age.

Professor Vo Khanh Vinh, Vice President of the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences, opened the conference followed by remarks by Professor Pham Van Duc on behalf of the Institute of Philosophy. Professor Tran Van Doan and Hu Yeping spoke on behalf of the RVP. The Institute of Philosophy and the RVP have had a long-term cooperation which can be traced back to the early 1990s when the RVP President Professor George F. McLean first visited the Institute with Professors Tran Van Doan and Vincent Shen. Since then the cooperation has continued fruitfully and the Institute of Philosophy has sent six scholars (Pham Van Duc, Luong Dinh Hai, Nguyen Ngoc Ha, Tuan Phong Tran, Hoang Thị Tho and Nguyen Tai Dong) to Washington to attend the annual fall RVP seminars, held various conferences and published joint studies over the decade. In his concluding remarks Professor Pham Van Duc presented a brief history of the cooperation between the Institute of Philosophy and the RVP.

Visiting scholars from the region and some other countries including Manikku Wadu Padmasiri de Silva [Australia]; Heng Sreang [Cambodia];Alois Agus Nugroho and Mikhael Dua [Indonesia]; Kham Phon Bunnady [Laos]; Sam O. Imbo [Kenya]; Cora Toralba and Rolando M. Gripaldo [Philippines]; Valery Goryunov [Russia]; Tran Van Doan [Taiwai]; John Giordano [Thailand]; James A. Loiacono [USA]; and Hu Yeping [RVP] presented papers on issues related to cultural traditions and sustainable development from their own cultural perspectives. Many Vietnamese professors (Phạm Xuan Nam, Vu Dung, Nguyen Ngoc Ha, Tran Van Phong, Ho Si Quy, Vu Tuan Huy, Hoang Thi Tho, Le Huu Ai, etc.) presented papers. Lively discussions took place during the conference. The next RVP biannual South East Asian conference is projected to be hosted by the School of Philosophy and Religious Studies, ABAC, in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2013.



Awka, Nigeria, November 13-15 , 2011: "Philosophical Perspectives on Africa and Global Change". The Department of Philosophy at Nnamdi Azikiwe Uinversity in Awka, in East Nigeria, and the RVP, together organized an international conference to celebrate the annual UNESCO World Day of Philosophy. The conference attracted scholars from all over Nigeria and from other parts of Africa as well, and was well supported and attended to by Professor Boniface Egboka, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Dan Agu, the Dean of the Faculty, Edward Alam, the RVP Secretary General, and local Government officials. Discussions between RVP and the Dean and the Chairman of the Department of Philosophy were held on November 16th in regard to establishing a permanent RVP presence at Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

Some of the sub-themes of the conference revolved around: Conceptualizing Global Change; Philosophy, Democracy and Global Change; Poverty and the Forces of Change; Terrorism, Militarism and Concepts of Change; the North African Revolutions: Philosophical Interpretations; World Government: Revisiting an Age-Old Utopia; Language Hegemony: Implications for African Philosophy; Globalization, Multiculturalism and Global Dialogue; Intercultural Philosophy and the Dialogue of Cultures; Global Change and Global North-South Relations; Education, Culture and Perceptions of Identity; Globalization, Information Technology and Cybercrime; Nation State, Sovereignty and International Law; Global Change, Belief Systems and Religious Forces; and Literary Africa, African Literature and the Winds of Change.

Hundreds of participants, students and professors, had ample time to address and discuss these and related issues. The conference was coordinated by Professor Ikechukwu Ferdinand Harris Odimegwu, Chairperson of the Philosophy Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, who had taken part in the RVP fall seminar in 2010.


Ibadan, Nigeria, November 20-21, 2011: "The Idea of a Nigerian University: A Follow up". The Dempsey Centre of the Dominican University in Ibadan, together with the RVP, held a one day seminar which brought together 20 prominent thinkers from Ibadan and Lagos to address a topic dealt with in 2002 by many of the same thinkers. The papers from the 2002 meeting were published in 2007 under the title of "The Idea of an African University: The Nigerian Experience" which can be accessed on the RVP website in Series II Africa, Volume II, in the RVP series "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change".

The 15 papers presented and debated covered a wide range of problems and challenges facing Nigerian University education today, not the least of which is serious fragmentation in the curriculum itself. Many papers drew on the wealth of wisdom contained in both the classical Christian and Islamic philosophical traditions as well as on African philosophical traditions to address this problem. For instance, Dr. Francis Isichei, "The idea of a university, past, present and future: whither Nigeria?"; Professor Segun Odenuga "Autonomy of universities" Dr. Monday Igbafen "Autonomy of universities"; Dr. Isaac Ukpokolo "Between unity and uniformity: Issues in the harmonization of standards in the Nigerian University System"; Dr. Joseph Ekong "Standards harmonization; Standards and excellence"; Dr. Olatunji Oyeshile "Moral Values in Private and Public Universities"; Dr. Chinyere Ukpokolo "Sexual harassment and the violation of academic freedom in a public university in Nigeria"; Dr. Adebola Ekanola "The university and national development"; Dr. Adesoji Oni "The university and national development"; Dr. Emmanuel Ogu "The university and national development"; Dr. Jude Mbukanma "The declining moral consciousness in some Nigerian universities"; Professor Anthony Akinwale "University structure, academic freedom, student empowerment"; Dr. Francis Offor "Students' welfare"; Dr. Mary Bosco Ebere Amakwe "The role of private universities in transformational development in Nigeria"; Professor Joseph Kenny "Philosophy bridging Arts & Sciences"; Dr. Oyeyina Oyewo "Communication networks and strategies within the University"; Professor Francis Egbokhare "Distance education: Absent Supplementary or future"; Professor Kolawale A. Owolabi "Social Responsibility of the University and its Staff in the government as service versus opportunism"; Emeka Onuku-Isitua "Knowledge and character", etc.


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: November 22-23, 2011: The Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Addis Ababa University, along with senior faculty members met twice with Edward Alam, the RVP Secretary General, who visited for 2 days en route from Nigeria to Lebanon. After extensive discussion, the Chairman proposed that the next local celebration of World Philosophy Day, which traditionally takes place on November 15th, be held at their university, in conjunction with the RVP, which would be directly preceded by a three day RVP seminar. A committee has been formed to identify some of the enduring treasures in Ethiopian cultural heritage so that these values might be used to address some of the most pressing contemporary challenges in present day Ethiopian society.



Eleven Books Published in 2011 in the RVP Series:

"Cultural Heritages and Contemporary Change"

Series I. Culture and Values

* I.40 George F. McLean, Unity and Harmony, Compassion and Love in Global Times. ISBN 978-1565182592


* I.41 Intercultural Dialogue and Human Rights. Luigi Bonanate, Roberto Papini and William Sweet, eds. ISBN 9781565182714 (paper).

Series II. Africa

* II.13 Workineh Kelbessa, Indigenous and Modern Environmental Ethics: A Study of the Indigenous Oromo Environmental Ethic and Modern Issues of Environment and Development: Ethiopian Philosophical Studies, I. ISBN 978 9781565182530 (paper).

* II.14 African Philosophy and the Future of Africa: South African Philosophical Studies, III. Gerard Walmsley, ed. ISBN 9781565182707 (paper).

Series V. Latin America

* V.6 A New World: A Perspective from Ibero America. H. Daniel Dei, ed. ISBN 978-1-56518-263-9 (paper).

Series IVA Eastern and Central Europe

* IVA.38 Globalization and Culture: Outlines of Contemporary Social Cognition: Lithuanian Philosophical Studies, VII. Jurate Morkuniene, ed. ISBN 9781565182516 (paper).

* IVA.39 Knowledge and Belief in the Dialogue of Cultures, Russian Philosophical Studies, III. Nur Kirabaev and Yuriy Pochta, eds. ISBN 9781565182622 (paper).

* IVA.40 God and Post-Modern Thought: Philosophical Issues in the Contemporary Critique of Modernity. Polish Philosophical Studies, IX. Józef Życiński. ISBN 9781565182677 (paper).

* IVA.41 Dialogue among Civilizations, Russian Philosophical Studies, IV. Nur Kirabaev and Yuriy Pochta, eds. ISBN 9781565182653 (paper).

* IVA.42 The Idea of Solidarity: Philosophical and Social Contexts, Polish Philosophical Studies, X. Dariusz Dobrzanski, ed. ISBN 9781565182961 (paper).

Series VII. Seminar: Culture and Values

* VII.29 History and Cultural Identity: Retrieving the Past, Shaping the Future. John P. Hogan, ed. ISBN 978-1-56518-268-4 (paper).



Washington, D.C. August 29-30, 2012: "RVP Board Meeting". The RVP held its executive Board meeting in Washington, D.C. during the fall seminar with the participation of George F. McLean, President, and the RVP Board members: Edward Alam, John P. Hogan, John A. Kromkowski, Vincent Shen, William Sweet, João J. Vila-Chã, and Hu Yeping.

During the two-day discussions issues covered included: description and present situation of The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) and its university footprint: The Center for the Study of Culture and Values (CSCV); and of their 1/ goals, objectives, operations; 2/ vision and operational structures; 3/ history and present works; 4/ challenges; and 5/ officers and boards.

The goal of the RVP is 1/ to open philosophy to culture and values as central human concerns and foundational to philosophizing, especially as we enter these global times; 2/ to see that, while these dimensions of human subjectivity are implemented by economics and politics, they are rooted in the ethical, metaphysical and religious heritages of the many peoples; and 3/ to proceed via the universities and academies of the peoples as they continually explore their cultures and shape the educational content and policies.

The RVP will continue its means of operation: 1/ conferences, seminars and publications; as these are relatively well defined after long experience; the concrete task is not to abandon but to pursue these and to make them work creatively in these times of global change; 3/ to do all in a simple manner which can be replicated by philosophers and other scholars in the different world regions so that their work will reflect their own concerns and insights.

The RVP will continue its search to develop its work of coordination both vertically through division of board responsibilities and horizontally through parallel regional centers to promote and develop local inspiration and creative regional imagination in facing specific issues. The RVP will continue its publishing efforts, which thus far have produced 260 volumes both in print and on the web.

In sum, this RVP board meeting focused particularly on dividing and diffusing the exercise of the vertical dimension of work, concentrated in Washington. This is to be exercised in collaboration with all membes of the board. Learning to do so must be a conscious effort on the part of all. This experience can be expected to suggest appropriate adjustments with a view to stabilizing the process and structures at the General Assembly of the RVP at the World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, August 2013. Preparations of this pre-World Congress conference are already under way.





The Karl Jaspers Society of North America has scheduled the following program in conjunction with the Annual Meetings of the American Philosophical Association:

108th Annual Meeting Eastern Division APA Washington, DC

December 27-30, 2011

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Session 1: Author Meets Critics

Wednesday December 28, 2011

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Chair: Gregory J. Walters, Saint Paul University-Ottawa

Author: Alina Feld, Long Island University

Melancholy and the Otherness of God: A Study of the Hermeneutics and Therapy of Depression, Lexington Books, 2011.

Critics: Thomas J.J. Altizer, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Michael Raposa, Lehigh University

Tom Rockmore, Duquesne University

Elena Bezzubova, UC Irvine

Edward S. Casey, SUNY Stony Brook

Malek K. Khazaee, California State University at Long Beach


Session 2: Shiite Islam's Jurisprudence in Hermeneutic Perspective

Thursday December 29, 2011

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Chair: Helmut Wautischer, California State University at Sonoma

Presenters: Mohammad Reza Emam, University of Tehran

"Relation between philosophy and law in Islam"

Mohammad Reza Rezvantalab, University of Tehran

"Philosophy in Islam and the West"

Ali Asgariyazdi, University of Tehran,

"Characteristics of Islamic philosophy"

Mohammad Taghi Sobhani, Research Center of Science & Islamic Studies at Qom, Iran,

"Islamic Philosophical Foundations for World Peace and Justice from a Shi'a Perspective"

Reza Berenjkar, Tehran University at Qom, Iran

"Instrumental Reason in Islamic Thought"

Hadi Sadeghi, Hadith Sciences College at Qom, Iran

"The Rationality of Belief in Action"

Discussants: Ali Mo'allem Damghani, Iranian Academy of the Arts, Tehran

Charles Butterworth, University of Maryland

Dimitri Gutas, Yale University

Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology


86th Annual Meeting Pacific Division APA Seattle, WA

April 4-7, 2012

Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Session 1: Author Meets Critics

Thursday, April 5, 2012

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Chair: Alan M. Olson, Boston University

Author: Tomoko Iwasawa (Reitaku University, Japan)

"Tama in Japanese Myth: A Hermeneutical Study of Ancient Japanese Divinity" (University Press of America, 2011).


Michael Palencia-Roth (University of Illinois)

Fabio Rambelli (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Purushottama Bilimoria (University of California, Berkeley)

Helmut Wautischer (California State University, Sonoma)


Session 2: The Hermeneutics of Jaspers, Sartre, and Heidegger

Saturday, April 7, 2012

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Chair: Helmut Wautischer (Sonoma State University),

Presenters: David P. Nichols (Saginaw Valley State University),

"The God of the Existentialist Philosophers: Fate, Freedom, and Mystery"


Kile Jones (Claremont Lincoln University),

"All the Consequences of This: Why Atheistic Existentialism is more Consistent than Religious Existentialism"


Chung-ying Cheng (University of Hawai'i, Manoa)

Purushottama Bilimoria (University of California, Berkeley)

Eric M. Dale (Emerson College)

Catharina Stenqvist (Lund University, Sweden)