Newsletter Spring/Summer 2013

Newsletter Spring/Summer 2013

NOMINATIONS RECEIVED FOR AUGUST 9 GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS:

PRESIDENCY

Bhuvan Chandel, Centre for Studies in Civilizations, Delhi.

Nominated by the International Institute of Philosophy, the Académie internationale de

Philosophie des Sciences, the Indian Philosophical Congress, the Institute of Philosophy

of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Sociedad Argentina de Filosofía, the

Società Filosofica Italiana, the Afro-Asian Philosophy Association, the Philosophical

Society of Turkey, the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Latvia,

the Sociedad Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas, the Asociación Filosófica de la

República Argentina, and the International Association of Women Philosophers.

 

Dermot Moran, University of Dublin.

Nominated by the Royal Irish Academy, the Philosophical Society of Finland, the

Filosofisk Forum, the Tomonobu Imamichi Institute for Eco-ethics, the Société

Française de Philosophie, the International Leibniz Society, the Croatian Philosophical

Society, the International Association for the Study of Controversies, the Bulgarian

Philosophical Society, and the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies.

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

Gholamreza Aavani, Iranian Institute of Philosophy.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the Council for Research

in Values and Philosophy, and the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies.

 

Günter Abel, Technische Universität Berlin.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the International

Institute of Philosophy, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie, and the Association

des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française.

 

A.V. Afonso, Goa University.

Nominated by the Centre for Studies in Civilizations.

 

Joseph C.A. Agbakoba, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee and the Nigerian

Philosophical Association.

 

Edward J. Alam, Notre Dame University-Louaizé, Lebanon.

Nominated by the International Society for Metaphysics.

 

Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv University and Quinnipiac University.

Nominated by the Afro-Asian Philosophical Association.

 

Jeffrey Bloechl, Boston College.

Nominated by the International Society for Metaphysics.

 

Tanella Boni, Cocody University, Abidjan.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee and the Conseil

Interafricain de Philosophie.

 

Tomás Calvo-Martínez, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the International

Institute of Philosophy and the Sociedad Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas.

 

Oswaldo Chateaubriand, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

Nominated by the International Institute of Philosophy and the Sociedad Argentina de

Análisis Filosófico.

 

Chung-ying Cheng, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Nominated by the International Society for Chinese Philosophy.

 

Betül Çotuksöken, Maltepe University, Istanbul.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee and the Philosophical

Society of Turkey.

 

Marcelo Dascal, Tel Aviv University.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the International

Association for the Study of Controversies, and the Association des Sociétés de

philosophie de langue française.

 

Didier Deleule, Université de Paris Ouest – Nanterre-La Défense.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the Société française de

philosophie, and the Association des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française.

 

Suleymane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University, New York.

Nominated by the Conseil Interafricain de Philosophie, the International Institute of

Philosophy, and the Association des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française.

 

Enrique Dussel Ambrosini, Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México.

Nominated by the Asociación de Filosofía y Liberación.

 

Thalia Fung Riverón, La Habana University.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee and the Sociedad

Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas.

 

Leonard Harris, Purdue University.

Nominated by the Alain L. Locke Society.

 

Noriko Hashimoto, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo.

Nominated by the Tomonobu Imamichi Institute for Eco-ethica and the Filosofisk

Forum.

 

Husain Heriyanto, University of Indonesia and Islamic College for Advanced Studies,

Jakarta.

Nominated by the International Society for Metaphysics.

 

Ghazala Irfan, Forman Christian College, Lahore.

Nominated by the Islamic Philosophical Association of Pakistan, the Philosophical

Society of Turkey, and the Centre for Studies in Civilizations.

 

Ivan Kaltchev, University of Sofia.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the Bulgarian

Philosophical Association, and the Sociedad Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas.

 

Wolfgang Kaltenbacher, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Vienna.

Nominated by the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici.

 

Vassilis Karasmanis, National Technical University of Athens.

Nominated by the International Association for Greek Philosophy.

-- Upon decision of the Bureau, pending appproval by the Steering Committee

 

Heisook Kim, Ewha Womans University, Seoul.

Nominated by the Korean Philosophical Association.

 

Mislav Kukoc, University of Split.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee and the Croatian

Philosophical Society.

 

Ernest Lepore, Rutgers University.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Commi

 

Wenchao Li, Leibniz Editorial Centre, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and

Humanities, Potsdam, and University of Hannover.

Nominated by the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft.

 

César Lorenzano, Universidad Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires.

Nominated by the Asociación Filosófica de la República Argentina.

 

Dermot Moran, University of Dublin.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee and the International

Association for the Study of Controversies.

 

Francisco Naishtat, Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Nominated by the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici and the Centro de

Investigaciones Filosóficas (Buenos Aires).

 

Ouyang Kang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan.

Nominated by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy and the World Union

of Catholic Philosophical Societies.

 

Pham Van Duc, Institute of Philosophy, Hanoi.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee.

 

Sami Pihlstrom, University of Helsinki.

Nominated by the Philosophical Society of Finland.

 

Riccardo Pozzo, Italian National Research Council.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the Società Filosofica

Italiana, the International Institute of Philosophy, and the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi

Filosofici.

 

Gail M. Presbey, University of Detroit Mercy.

Nominated by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy and the World Union

of Catholic Philosophical Societies.

 

Mogobe Bernard Ramose, University of South Africa.

Nominated by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy and the World Union

of Catholic Philosophical Societies.

 

Jitendra Ramprakash, Sadho Poetry Film Fest, Delhi.

Nominated by the Centre for Studies in Civilizations.

 

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff, Roskilde University.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the Filosofisk Forum,

and the Association des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française.

 

Ken-ichi Sasaki, University of Tokyo.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee.

 

Suwanna Satha-Anand, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

Nominated by the Philosophy and Religion Society of Thailand.

 

Luca Maria Scarantino, IULM University, Milan.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the International

Institute of Philosophy, the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, the Sociedad

Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas, the Philippine Academy of Philosophical

Research, and the Association des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française.

 

David Schrader, Washington and Jefferson College.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee and the Sociedad

Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas.

 

Gerhard Seel, University of Bern.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the Société Suisse de

Philosophie, and the Association des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française.

 

Warayuth Sriwarakuel, Assumption University, Bangkok.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee.

 

Marietta Stepaniants, Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the Institute of

Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Philosophical Society and

the Sociedad Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas.

 

William Sweet, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee.

 

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, University of Iceland.

Nominated by the International Association of Women Philosophers, the Australasian

Association of Philosophy, the Filosofisk Forum, the Institute of Philosophy and

Sociology of the University of Latvia, the Icelandic Philosophical Society, and the

International Society for Environmental Ethics.

 

Tu Weiming, Peking University and Harvard University.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee and the International

Institute of Philosophy.

 

Gabriel Vargas Lozano, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico.

Nominated by the Asociación Filosófica de México, the Philosophical Society of Turkey,

the Radical Philosophy Association, the Sociedad Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas,

the International Association for Greek Philosophy and the Greek Philosophical Society.

 

Lourdes Velázquez, Anáhuac University, Mexico.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee, the Sociedad Argentina

de Filosofía, the Sociedad Cubana de Investigaciones Filosóficas, the Asociación 

Filosófica de la República Argentina, the Académie internationale de Philosophie des

Sciences, and the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

João J. Vila-Chã, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

Nominated by the International Society for Metaphysics.

 

Stelios Virvidakis, University of Athens.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee.

 

Xie Dikun, Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Re-eligible CD member, nominated by the Steering Committee.

 

Yang Guorong, East China Normal University.

Nominated by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy and the World Union

of Catholic Philosophical Societies.

 

Jeu-jenq James Yuann, National Taiwan University.

Nominated by the Chinese Philosophical Association and the International Society for

Metaphysics.

 

STATEMENTS FOR FISP PRESIDENCY

Bhuvan Chandel.

The envisioned task for the next president, in my view, will be to continue the extremely

good work done by the office bearers of FISP in the past and to enhance its

ramifications to the extent possible; secondly, to make the best possible effort to

improve the qualitative content in the various activities undertaken by FISP in the

name of philosophical excellence; thirdly, to bring about a geographical and cultural

equipoise in the philosophical activities and representation of philosophers from the

different regions whithin confines of FISP.

In case I get elected as President of FISP, my prime objectives shall be the following :

To carry on the healthy traditions left behind by the earlier office bearers of FISP;

To forge links of diverse philosophical traditions with the activities of FISP and to

promote philosophical enquiry in such areas and parts where FISP has not been able to

reach so far.

To encourage philosophical reflection keeping in mind the basic need for creative

horizons as well as to take into account the enrichment of collective consciousness of

humanity / mankind.

To bring philosophy to the centre stage of all academic endeavours and disciplines

within the domains of science, human and social science, law, management and other

technical subjects etc.

To keep the spirit of philosophy alive for the sustenance and excellence of human mind

and human thought so that mankind may make further progress in directions - known

and not yet known!

The journey of philosophy in time has always sought illumination from the past

philosophical traditions and wisdom of the peers! My humble eneavour shall be to follow

the path shown by them and to rekindle the light of philosophy in the widest possible

spectrum accordingly.

 

Dermot Moran.

I am honoured that my candidature for the position of President will be considered by

FISP. I have been attending World Congresses since Moscow 1993, and have been a

Member of the CD since 2003. I have previously served on various FISP Committees,

including the Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and the Committee on the

History of Philosophy, and have also served as a judge for the International Philosophy

Olympiads. I have most recently served as Chairperson of the Programme Committee

for the XXIII World Congress and as Chairperson of the Executive Committee

overseeing the organization of the Athens Congress. In this regard, I have enjoyed

working closely with President Bill McBride and General Secretary Luca Scarantino,

and I have learned a great deal both about philosophy and about diplomacy. FISP has

an important -- indeed an essential-- role to play in the world today in promoting the

vision and practice of philosophy. First and foremost FISP represents philosophical

societies and promotes philosophy throughout the world. I am absolutely convinced of

the need to continue expanding FISP’s international horizons. FISP now has greater

visibility in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and Australia, as well as in

Europe and North America. An important challenge for the future will be to expand

FISP’s activities in the Islamic world. FISP has in recent years taken an active role in

promotion of discussions on pluralism, cultural diversity, and human rights and my aim

would be to encourage this international dialogue. In this regard, FISP should seek to

influence UNESCO to renew its commitment to support philosophy as a way of realizing

the ideals of humanity. The organization of the World Congresses will continue to be

FISP’s important international achievement. But I personally have also been greatly

encouraged to see young people from all over the world participating in the

International Philosophy Olympiads FISP should continue to promote these Olympiads

and similar opportunities for young people to encounter philosophy. I am aware that

FISP is operating in an era of great fiscal instability. FISP has very successfully

represented philosophy wherever it is institutionally threatened (as was recently the

situation in the UK) and it is important that FISP continue to make its voice heard. In

this regard, it is important for the future of FISP that it encourage more active

participation in FISP by the next generation of eminent philosophers of all nations. In

this regard FISP’s involvement in regional conferences, such as the recent meeting in

Benin, is most important. FISP also needs to investigate the possibility of attracting

philanthropic funding, without compromising its independence. Fiscal stability is

important for establishing and running the FISP Secretariat but also to allow for active

communication and effective collaboration with member societies. I am committed to

philosophical and cultural pluralism and diversity and in this regard I shall continue to

respect the linguistic tradition of FISP by using both French and English in our

meetings.

 

STATEMENTS FOR CD MEMBERSHIP

Gholamreza Aavani

I know that to be a C.D. member of FISP is no easy task and requires a high degree of

responsibility and commitment on the part of the C.D. member. This involves the

fulfillment of the many tasks and duties both mentioned in the statutes of the FISP and

also sanctioned in the different Steering Committee meetings, in addition to those

required by philosophy itself, especially with a view to the exigencies of philosophy and

with regard to its critical situation in our contemporary world. I also promise to attend

all the Steering Committee meetings to be held in different localities as specified by the

FISP. I furthermore promise to do my best in promoting the cause of philosophy both in

my country, in the Islamic world and in world at large as prescribed by FISP.

 

Günter Abel

In case I should be re-elected by the General Assembly in Athens 2013, I will contribute

to the work of FISP and meet the duties of being a member of the Steering Committee

during the five- year term. This includes: attendance at the meetings of the Steering

Committee; engagement in sub-committees of the Steering Committee; engagement in

promoting philosophy in view of the cultural, educational and institutional challenges

for philosophy; engagement in strengthening the mutual relations between the different

national societies of philosophy as well as between these societies and the FISP.

I had the chance to get an understanding of what the duties of a member of the Steering

Commit- tee of FISP are about. This understanding was gained along with the following

three experiences: (1) of having been a member of the Steering Committee during the

last five years; (2) of having served to FISP in diffferent duties (as, e.g., a member of the

„Scientific Committee“ for the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy in Athens 2013); and

(3) of having been a former President of the „Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Philosophie

(DGPhil) / German Philosophical Association“.

 

A.V. Afonso

While thanking Centre for Studies for Civilizations for nominating me for membership,

I wish to state that I shall endeavour to enhance Fisp ‘s efforts to breach the conceptual

and geographical boundaries and historical limitations that philosophy finds itself in. I

shall, therefore, contribute to Fisp’s avowed task of reaching out to both professional

and non-professional philosophical endeavours so as to preserve human and non-human

quality of life in a world that seems to accept a new evolutionary order of “survival of

the economically fittest”.

 

Joseph C.A. Agbakoba

I hope to articulate African interests and perspectives in the International Federation of

Philosophical Societies so that FISP’s policies and activities will reflect these interests

and perspectives as much as possible.

I would like to see FISP become more active and proactive in the course of promoting

the teaching of philosophy in primary and secondary schools in countries that do not

teach philosophy at these levels.

I would like FISP to be more proactive in fighting against the undervaluing of

philosophy in many countries both in the advanced economies and the emerging ones.

I would FISP to promote the course of intercultural philosophical discourse and debate.

I am committed to the realization of the above ideas and objectives.

 

Edward J. Alam

For philosophy to survive with an effective and meaningful voice in the world, it must

continue to develop in two fundamental directions: towards World Philosophy, and not

only Western philosophy; and towards philosophy as a way of life, and not only is an

academic discipline. Philosophers through FISP must work at the "brain stems" in the

world, where Wisdom might change the world.

 

Anat Biletzki

I view FISP as the most important philosophical association in the world. My work in

philosophy, although originally focused on analytic philosophy, has always gravitated to

questions of social and political engagement, human rights, and international

cooperation. More specifically, I have been involved in furthering philosophical

discourse between and among different groups, different societies, different institutions,

and different countries throughout my career. This has been an important part of my

teaching and my research, of course, but also a significant part of my philosophical

service.

I am a member of philosophical societies not only in Israel and the U.S., but

internationally as well. I have participated in organizing several international

conferences but, more vitally, I have engaged in workshops on several occasions whose

agenda has been, explicitly, the inter-relationships between philosophers coming from

different countries and environments. (Just recently I participated in a workshop in

China on China’s moral rôle in the 21st century.) Teaching philosophy in Israel was

accompanied by my work in the Ministry of Education to develop a curriculum for highschool

philosophy there; this was done with the deep faith that philosophical education

is a necessary source of human well-being and peace. In the U.S. I was similarly

engaged as a member of the Committee on International Cooperation of the American

Philosophical Association. Finally, and for me most substantial, I have used philosophy

and philosophical discourse to engage in a dialogue with Palestinian colleagues. In fact,

it was in the FISP conferences in Boston and Istanbul that I organized panels on the

Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the chance for dialogue.

I mention all the above to locate myself in the fulcrum of what I see as FISP’s goals and

objctives. I want to use my experience in teaching philosophy to both students and the

public, in organizing institutional cooperation across cultures, and in facilitating

personal philosophical engagement between philosophers from divergent societies to

reinforce those aspects of FISP which are clearly attuned to such activities. I do not shy

from organizational or administrative roles; in fact, I see them as strengthening the

intellectual sides of our profession. Finally, I want to emphasize that my abiding

interest and commitment is to human rights; I see that as a moral foundation which

anchors everything I do. I would therefore be happy to contribute to FISP by connecting

its ideal of developing international relations between philosophers “freely and with

mutual respect” with the ideals of human rights and human dignity.

 

Jeffrey Bloechl

This has both enriched and complicated my thinking about morality, religion, and

culture, but about the anthropological and linguistic conditions to which they are

always subject, concerning matters of ultimate concern and perennial difficulty, people

of all cultures and traditions can understand one another at some basic level and to

some significant degree, but this is not without limits, which sometimes are as rich and

provocative as points of simple or tacit agreement. Hence, my favored philosophical

method and outlook, which is generally hermeneutical and often specifically

phenomenological.

It is my hope that the FISP will continue to attend carefully to intra- and intercultural

differences as a crucial source of ongoing reflection capable of interpreting lived

experience in a manner that will remain in vital contact with that experience this is a

matter not only of fidelity to a certain philosophical approach—and by no means the

only viable one—but of crucial access to the real questions encountered in the world

today, i.e., questions of value, dignity, higher meaning, and life in common.

 

Tanella Boni

Je connais la FISP depuis 1983, date à laquelle j’ai pris part pour la première fois au

Congrès Mondial de philosophie à Montréal, au moment où j’étais Chef du Département

de philosophie à l’Université de Cocody à Abidjan.

Je suis membre du CD de la FISP depuis 2008, cela m’a permis de voir comment

travaille la Fédération. Par ailleurs mes préoccupations (qui ne datent pas

d’aujourd’hui) rejoignent le thème du Congrès mondial de 2013 : penser la philosophie

comme questionnement de la vie. Qu’est-ce que la vie ? Et quel(s) sens le philosophe lui

donne-t-il ? Le mot « vie » apparaissait déjà dans le titre de ma thèse d’Etat.

J’ai pris l’habitude de travailler à la croisée des disciplines et des cultures, tout en

n’oubliant pas l’environnement culturel et social, les traits d’esprit et les manières de

penser du pays d’où je viens : la Côte d’Ivoire. Tout en ne perdant pas de vue les

humains dont l’humanité est par moment problématique sur l’échiquier du monde

globalisé, il m’importe d’aller au-delà des singularités pour penser « l’humain » tout en

explorant la diversité des cultures et des traditions. Comment penser le corps et l’esprit,

la dignité, l’altérité, la solidarité et la durabilité de même que d’autres expériences et

connaissances du « vivre-ensemble » ? Telles sont, parmi bien d’autres, quelques

questions qui me préoccupent.

Parce que peu de sociétés savantes, en Afrique francophone notamment, sont membres

de la FISP, peut-être faut-il les encourager à y adhérer. Je m’engage à contribuer au

rayonnement de la FISP et à accomplir toute tâche qui me sera confiée.

 

Tomás Calvo-Martínez

As in the past years I am willing to take up the responsabilities associated to the status

of Member of the Steering Commitee of the FISP.

On the other hand, my contribution could be specially fruitful in relation to the

Philosophical Societies in the spanish speaking community.

 

Oswaldo Chateaubriand

I am pleased that the Institut International de Philosophie is proposing my candidacy to

the Comité Directeur of FISP and I would be honored to serve on it. Considering

possible ways of contributing to FISP, I think a main activity should be to establish

connections between philosophical societies in Latin America and FISP. I have many

contacts not only in Brazil, but also in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay, and

there are only a few philosophical societies affiliated with FISP. I recently participated

in an AFRA congress in Buenos Aires and discussed the IIP proposal with the president,

Prof. César Lorenzano, and with a member of SADAF, Prof. Alberto Moretti. Both

societies are members of FISP and I think they would look favorably on my candidacy.

Any other activities I could undertake would depend, of course, on the short term and

long term programmatic interests of FISP, and if elected I would be glad to offer my

participation on any of these.

 

Chung-ying Cheng

I envision a more active and more proactive role of the FISP in serving the philosophical

world across member societies of FISP. As the world gets more globalized on different

levels of human enterprise, political, economical, social and cultural, philosophy as the

soul of human existence must show its care and wisdom for any future development of

humankind so that it will become well understood and well nourished, before it will

become well oriented and well guided. Philosophy may not immediately appear to be the

motivating force for human historical progress or advancement of civilizations, it must

be nevertheless always counted as the ultimate justifying reason and supporting

judgment for any human decision-making. It is clear that if we are able to be more

explicit in our philosophical understanding across texplicit in our philosophical understanding across traditions through dialogical

discussions and public discourses in meetings, the more we are to become aware of our

potentialities for enlightened actions, and at the same time, the more we are to see that

we should never give up our intellectual efforts for pursuing common good.

I deeply believe that philosophy has its roots in all major civilizations in the axial age as

generally understood. As human civilizations and their developed cultures are diverse

and different, philosophy may have its diverse and different beginnings such we see in

the Greek and the Chinese traditions. Although they reflect an identity aspect of

humanity, humanity is rich enough to be different in their pursuits of values and truth

which yet must point to an ultimate goodness so that we can all acknowledge while we

may learn from each other in making our difference meaningful. I believe that the East

and West like any meaningful contrast must be complementary and this no doubt make

philosophy, and for that matter, world philosophy an important vehicle for human

growth and an avenue for achieving harmony and peace in a human world.

As a Representative of ISCP and as a member of the Steering Committee I shall do my

best to promote the development of world philosophy as funded from the great

traditions of philosophical wisdom and thinking in both East and West.

 

Betül Çotuksöken

I would like to participate and also contribute effectively to the FISP Committees as a

member, for the new period.

 

Marcelo Dascal

FISP is in my view an extremely important worldly association that not only promotes

the relevance of philosophy for the World's development, cooperation, mutual

understanding, care of the environment, peace, survival, tranquility, and security. It

provides the fundamental knowledge, intelligence, and rationality to achieve all the

above aims and thus guarantee the future of our planet.

These are the considerations that led me to become a member of FISP and its Steering

Committee that performs FISP's aims, and for all my efforts to achieve these aims, as

shown in my activities listed above and described in the attachments below.

I am devoted to these tasks and will pursue their realization as long as my human

capacity, my human love to the citizens of all the cultures of the world, and FISP's

dedication to respect and unite them in possible and reasonable philosophical ways.

 

Didier Deleule

La FISP, comme son nom l’indique, est une institution internationale, émanation des

sociétés nationales de philosophie. On est en droit de considérer que sans la présence en

son sein de représentants des différentes nations, cet internationalisme – comme dans

le cas d’autres institutions analogues – n’aurait guère de sens. L’intérêt de ce type

d’institution réside précisément dans le dépassement des intérêts proprement

nationaux en direction d’une visée globale que l’on pourrait assimiler à un

cosmopolitisme intellectuel, sans que soit effacée pour autant l’appartenance d’origine.

C’est bien là ce qui différencie ce mode d’organisation de ce que l’on appelle depuis

quelques décennies « mondialisation » (ou « globalisation ») qui obéit, pour sa part, à un

modèle tout différent, modèle qui, par son hégémonie économique, tend à rendre

superfétatoire l’idée même d’Etat-nation tout en réduisant l’instance proprement

politique (y compris dans sa dimension culturelle) à la portion congrue.

Tel est le sens de mon engagement en tant que membre du CD de la FISP: veiller,

autant que faire se peut, à préserver et même à développer dans toutes les directions

possibles cette politique culturelle dont la philosophie, à la fois dans son unité

d’aspiration et dans sa variété d’application, est à tout prendre, aujourd’hui plus que

jamais, le vecteur le plus assuré.

 

Suleymane Bachir Diagne

Après avoir enseigné pendant vingt ans la philosophie à l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop

de Dakar, je suis aujourd’hui professeur de cette discipline dans les départements de

philosophie et de français de l’université de Columbia à New York où j’enseigne, en

particulier, l’histoire de la philosophie et de la logique, l’histoire de la philosophie dans

le monde islamique, les questions philosophiques en Afrique. Je suis donc un

représentant de cette catégorie d’universitaires africains, qui s’est fortement développée

ces dernières années, vivant aux Etats-Unis et travaillant dans les universités

américaines où ils assurent une forte présence de l’Afrique et des études africaines,

dans le domaine de la philosophie entre autres. C’est ainsi que les ouvrages de référence

que sont aujourd’hui A Companion of African Philosophy (un volume coordonné par

Kwasi Wiredu) ou An Encyclopedia of African Thought (sous la direction d’ Irele Abiola)

et d’autres, témoignent de l’existence et de la vitalité d’un réseau philosophique africain

pluriel dans ses langues et ses localisations sur le continent et à l’extérieur de celui-ci.

Mon élection comme membre du bureau de la FISP signifierait donc, au-delà de la

représentation de la Société Sénégalaise de Philosophie (SOSEPHI) à laquelle

j’appartiens , une présence renforcée de cette catégorie que je viens d’évoquer. C’est donc

cette double dimension que je crois pouvoir apporter au projet intellectuel qu’est la FISP

de fédérer, de faire se rencontrer et dialoguer traditions anciennes et mouvements

philosophiques en développement.

 

Enrique Dussel Ambrosini

To have Dr Enrique Dussel as a member of the Steering Committee of FISP is not only

important due to his past achievements, but also because of the transcendence of the

actions he has in prospective eyeing FISP and Philosophy. Among them we can briefly

mention:

- He will Foster the continuation of the UNESCO Project which strengthens the South-

South Dialogue (Islamic world, Bantu Africa, India, China and Latin-Americ) that

commenced in Rabat last February. This Project will be consolidated in the years to

come.

- In the same regards, Dr. Dussel will support the third international meeting of the

South-South Project in Guatemala City.

- He will support Latin-American Philosophy, backing up publications coming from

Philosophers of this side of the Atlantic. Examples of it will be the publication of El

pensamiento filosófico latinoamericano, de Caribe y latino (1300-2000), Editorial Siglo

XXI, 2011, 1111 pp.,. a comprehensive vision of Latin-American History and the themes

of its philosophy.

- Thanks to his position as the dean of Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México,

Dr. Dussel will Foster the academic exchange among members of the FISP. The first

field of philosophical knowledge in which he will focus this Project will be Ethics. In

order to do so, he will propose the instauration of core courses in Ethics for the

curriculum of every single major degree at UACM. Later on, he will present this

initiative to some other universities in Latin-America.

 

Thalia Fung Riverón

I accept the nomination for a third term as CD member.

 

Leonard Harris

I envision encouraging the use of contemporary forms of communication, particularly

the use of digital media, on-line publications, and social texts. I also envision

encouraging arguments that rely on new ways of arguing, including the use of

multimedia and literary forms of philosophic presentation. Face-to-face dialogue and the

presentation of papers are traditional forms of philosophic discourse. However, I

envision encouraging additional forms of communication that include the use hosting

podcast of presentations on websites, and simulcast debates that allows audience

participation from multiple locations. In ways such as these, the voices of philosophers

can be seen, heard, and sensed by a wide audience.

The Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP) makes possible

dialogue across cultural and geographic boundaries. I have a special interest in the

study of competing conceptions of liberation, health, traditions, and community. These

areas require that we face incommensurable and non-translatable concepts between

communities, different views of what it means to be free, philosophies that define

"health" in radically different ways and treat cloning, eugenics and animal life in ways

that challenge both ancient ethical traditions and often contemporary practices. I am

especially interested in promoting translations of classical works from a variety of

cultures and contemporary authors. Translations help make possible communications

about difficult issues.

I hope to listen to philosophers and share their recommendations and initiatives with

colleagues in a spirit of congeniality. I anticipate encouraging dialogue that faces deeply

controversial issues about the core meanings of existence.

 

Noriko Hashimoto

I am honoured that my candidacy for membership on the Steering Committee will be

considered by the FISP and by my nomination by the Tomonobu Imamichi Institute for

Eco-ethica, an international member of the FISP. I have been attending the World

Congresses of Philosophy since its meeting in Brighton (1988). I have been chair of the

session on Comparative Philosophy – in particular, the session on Asiatic philosophies

at the World Congress of Philosophy in Istanbul (2003), the session on aesthetics at the

World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul (2008), and the session on Environmental

Philosophy at the World Congress of Philosophy in Athens (2013).

I have a great deal of practical experience in organising philosophical meetings from my

collaboration in the 1970s with Professor Tomonobu Imamichi, who organised many

international congresses and symposia. We have also published international journals

such as the Journal of the Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo since 1976 (6 volumes),

Revue Internationale de Philosophie Moderne, Acta institutionis philosophiae et

aestheticae (24 volumes) (1983 – 2009), and 1 book and 1 volume for the Institut

International de Philosophie. Since 2011, I have been co-editor of Eco-ethica, published

by the Tomonobu Imamichi Institute for Eco-ethica (2 volumes) (2011-2012), and a

special issue for the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy in Athens (2013).

My native language is Japanese. I speak English fluently, and I read and write German

and French. My specialties are contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, and ethics.

I am able to contribute to the work of FISP in the encounter between philosophy from

the East and the West, thanks to my many relations with both European and Asian

philosophers. My relations with many Asian philosophers – for instance, I am a member

of Asian Catholic Philosophers and also have good relations with Kyoto Zen-Buddhist

philosophers – make it is possible for me to collaborate with new research teams on

philosophy aiming at world peace.

I am able to collaborate as a philosopher and ethicist with technologists on

environmental problems, especially in engineering, technological design, and nuclear

technology.

 

Husain Heriyanto

Philosophy should be presented primarily as a way of life, a way of thinking, and a path

of dialogue. On the basis of my background in Islamic as well as modern philosophy, I

will be concerned with efforts at constructive dialogue between the two with a view to a

wider and deeper understanding of humanity, wisdom, and reality. FISP does well to

reintroduce philosophy as a way of life and thinking, full of creativity and innovation for

both academia and community.

 

Ghazala Irfan

The FISP fraternities of Philosophers exude cordiality. This is despite the fact that

rational dissent is the characteristic feature of a Philosophic mind. Thus, FISP is a

model and exemplar of accepting diversity with an open mind. I would like to have office

bearers extend this encouraging attitude to the developing countries who need more

international exposure.

Traditionally Philosophy has not been a gender-neutral enterprise. It has privileged the

male gender endowing it with the much coveted ‘rationality’ FISP has not been guilty of

the same discrimination. Nevertheless, the gender distribution is not equal. It should be

more balanced. I hope to work towards making it more inclusive of women, so they can

integrate with the mainstream.

 

Ivan Kaltchev

For me as President of the Bulgarian Association the most important goal of FISP is to

promote, develop and support an integrated interdisciplinary collaborative approach to

a wide range of problems and issues in the field of humanities and philosophy. It will

improve public and professional understanding of the importance of philosophical

research and educational programs in the implementation of the principles of

democracy, human rights and civil society, generating high standards of critical

thinking. FISP enables the cooperation of philosophers from all over the world in order

to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and successful practices in education and

research connected with the analyses of the problems and challenges confronting

philosophical thought in the world, concerning both contemporary socioeconomic issues

and traditional topics.

In my opinion FISP has to support the creation of regional philosophical associations for

an activation of philosophical interpretation of the challenges in the different regions.

For example the Association of Philosophers from South-Eastern Europe could organize

seminars and conferences aiming at the promotion of democratic values, the rule of law,

and establishment of a civil society. This association could successfully coordinate the

activity of the different philosophical societies for confronting problems, developing

opinions about the thematic orientation of future World Congresses and about

governmental policies and practices in education and the humanities.

The creation of regional associations will help the dissemination of new common values

and build necessary links between the professional communities of national and

regional scope. It will help to overcome the existing rigid isolation and to cultivate a

truly democratic pluralist scientific approach. It will facilitate the influence of the

philosophical community on the process of decision-making in all countries, mobilizing

the existing potential for the generation of new ideas and initiatives.

I think that if FISP organizes regular circles and meetings in the different countries, not

only must philosophers be invited as participants in these meetings, but also

sociologists, economists, politicians and public figures. The exchange of ideas among

participants in the meetings will influence their creative work towards their

implementation in practical life. So the role of Philosophy will be very important for the

development of social practice.

 

Wolfgang Kaltenbacher

The philosophical reflection of empirical and theoretical sciences constitutes an

important field of contemporary philosophy. The World Congress of Philosophy in

Athens hosts several sections that are dedicated to this topic.

FISP and its umbrella organization CIPSH offer institutional platforms for the scientific

exchange between philosophy and sciences, in particular human sciences. It would be

interesting to reinforce the contacts and collaborations between FISP and other

members of CIPSH.

An example for the cooperation between philosophers and anthropologists is the qualityworkshop

“Placing Urban Anthropology” (11-16 September 2013, Fribourg). The

conference addresses the complex methodological and theoretical challenges posed by

field-research in contemporary urban settings. Contemporary urban anthropology goes

well beyond classical anthropology, for it adopts — and adapts — methods from other

disciplines according to the specific research perspective, aims and geographic location.

Critically, it shows that, combined with specific research objectives, the application of

ethnographic methodology leads to a great variety of approaches and to new

paradigmatic challenges. The conference is organized by two anthropologists that play

an important role within the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological

Sciences (IUAES), another international non-governmental organization and member of

CIPSH, and a representative of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici.

Vassilis Karasmanis

I am interesting to be a candidate for CD member of F.I.S.P. I am willing to work in

order to promote philosophy internationally within the framework of FISP.

 

Heisook Kim

It is an honor to be recommended as a CD member of FISP by the Korean Philosophical

Association. In 2008, KPA successfully hosted WCP in Seoul, and I had served the

Organizing Committee as Vice Chair. At the same time, I worked as Chair of the

Organizing Committee for the Symposium of the International Association for Women

Philosophers (IAPh) in 2008. These double commitments composed the current

orientation of my philosophical interest. As an East Asian philosopher and also as a

woman philosopher, my position in FISP, I expect, represents perspectives rather

marginalized in the intellectual arena dominated by Greek originated Western

philosophy.

As the world increasingly is globalized, we, philosophers, are ever more facing the

challenge of intercultural communication. The question of Interpretation has been a

perennial problem of philosophy in the East and the West. The future of FISP hinges on

the success of inter-communication among philosophers from diverse cultures. I would

like to contribute to making a new agenda for Global Philosophy, if I may use the term,

within FISP and make philosophy a meaningful discourse not only for professional

philosophers, but also for people who are anxious to lead better lives as human beings. I

want to see FISP contribute to making a better world, if not a new world.

I want to express my sincerest thanks to KPA for giving me a chance to serve a global

philosophical community and FISP for giving me a chance to think about what

philosophy can do for the globalizing world. I hope that the future FISP will be more

occupied with intercultural dialogues and I as a CD member of FISP will be

participating in making the dialogues more communicative and fruitful for all

participants.

 

Mislav Kukoc

During my first term in the CD FISP I actively participated in all annual meeting of the

Steering Committee : Ischia, Mexico City, Moscow, Cres, Benin, presenting a paper in

conferences in Moscow, Cres and Benin. I also participated with the paper in the last

World Philosophy Day celebration in Tehran. I organized and hosted two annual

meeting of the CD FISP : 2007 in Mali Losinj, and 2011 in Cres, Croatia. As the

hopefully CD FISP elected member for the next term I intend to continue to work in the

FISP Committees. Through the Committee on Bioethics I intend to promote the

philosophical approach to bioethics fostering contact and dialogue between different

bioethical orientations as well as philosophical and bioethical institutions all over the

world. For the Committee on Philosophical Encounters and International Cooperation I

wrote and collected papers on the contemporary philosophy in the countries of South-

East Europe. I intend to continue to work on this important issue. In general as the

Steering Committee member I will try to develop FISP as the place of the open

philosophical, interdisciplinary and pluriperspectivistic dialogue between

representatives of different cultures, world-views, theoretical orientations etc. This is

my vision of philosophy in the present and future global age.

 

Ernest Lepore

I have enjoyed the important work we have done not only as a member of the FISP CD

for the past five years, but in particular having served on the program committee that

has helped put together what I think is a wonderful program for the upcoming World

Congress meeting in August, 2013 – including recruiting various chairs of different

sections as well as my co-Chair Yi Jiang from Beijing. I would very much appreciate the

opportunity to continue in these capacities for another term. During the past five years

I have attended FISP CD meetings in Italy and Mexico, and the various meetings we

have had in Athens planning the program. (I would have attended more meeting had it

not been for some health problems that have since been resolved.) In addition, I am

serving as the co-Chair of the philosophy of language for the World Congress, a position

I also held for the Boston and Seoul meetings as well. Should I be elected to a second

term, I would again be willing to serve on the program committee as well as to pursue

my interests in others areas, including teaching philosophy in the schools prior to

college and encouraging greater collaboration with my colleagues in Asia.

 

Wenchao Li

My research covers a broad field comprising Western as well as Eastern Philosophy.

Another focus lies on philosophical and ethical questions surrounding modern

technology, and their challenge in the global context. I have also published on the

history of the Christian mission and cultural exchange between Asia and Europe. In

recent years, research on Leibniz has moved to the very centre of my research and

teaching activities.

Furthermore, I have arranged a number of interdisciplinary conferences and

international meetings. Thus, I have significant experience in organizing scholarly

events. Long standing successful collaborations exist with colleagues, universities, and

other research institutes in Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, South Korea, Japan,

China, and other non-European countries.

I am willing to contribute these experiences and connections during my potential

membership in the Committee on History of Philosophy of the International Federation

of Philosophical Societies (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie).

In doing so, I would attach great importance to the following three points: the

importance of the History of Philosophy for the development of particular cultures as

well as the understanding and solution of current problems; dialogues between different

histories of philosophy, respectively different cultural and textual traditions; good

cooperation with the other FISP committees on the one hand, and with further societies

on the other.

 

César Lorenzano

Although the regulations states that I should present my views about the role of FISP in

the next years and how I will contribute to it, I feel obliged to do some remarks. First of

all, my views are not only mine; they are part of a tradition shared by other

philosophers in Argentina, and surely in AFRA’s Commission, and perhaps in other

parts of the world. Secondly, that it is too ambitious and even discouraging that a

philosopher by himself could establish the role of an institution with such a long story

as Fisp, when it must be the result of a collective discussion, coherent with its

traditions.

Once said so, I will present a brief account of these views.

One of the main goals of FISP –and that must be always deepened- are plurality,

acceptance of the differences, cooperation and solidarity among philosophers, social

engagement.

AFRA thinks that my presence in the Committee will be a strong signal that FISP

appreciates the philosophical production done outside the central countries-, and that

my actions will contribute to philosophical and regional diversity.

AFRA knows by my behavior and my interventions that I am fully committed to the

defense of democracy, human wrights, and social equity, and that these values – that

are also FISP s values- will guide my participation in the Committee.

I am one of the many philosophers that think that the flourishing of philosophy relays

strongly on how philosophy is taught. These points of view were developed in the design

of a two years philosophy degree planned for non-university philosophy professors. The

educational strategy implemented had its focus in at least two major objectives. First,

that philosophy must be a tool to do things, and not only a special kind of knowledge.

Roughly, in philosophy of art the students should be able to analyze specific works of art

theirs structures and social and historical conditions; philosophy of history as a tool to

analyze historical texts and situations; philosophy of science, the structure and history

of scientific theories; ethics – applied ethic in our program – to analyze ethical problems,

etc. We intended that our graduates learn philosophy and how to use it. The second

objective was to teach philosophy by its problems and perhaps also by schools of

thought-, not by authors, and certainly not only by historical periods. The reasons to do

so could be developed in a specialized article, or even in a book, not in this short writing.

But it has to do with the fact that the usual way of teaching inhibits critical and original

thinking, and freezes philosophy in classical –Greek and German- philosophers, and in

the idea that their languages are the only possible philosophical ones – as the German

philosophers impose in the foundations of the Humboldt’s university reform.

This is the kind of things I wish to impulse in the Committee, but not the only ones.

I also put in your consideration my experience as a researcher, and as an university

planner. As you will see in my CV, I am the author of the academic and institutional

project of the National University of Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, as well as of at

least the curricula of fifteen undergraduate schools, including one of medicine and of ten

postgraduate programs. Not to mention that I evaluate two National Universities and

dozens of postgraduate programs. I believe that these factors allow me to contribute

with a perhaps fresh look to think the problems that face philosophy nowadays.

That is why I accepted AFRA s decision to propose me for the Steering Committee of

FISP.

 

Dermot Moran

I have been attending World Congresses since Moscow 1993, and have been a Member

of the CD since 2003. I have previously served on various FISP Committees, including

the Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and the Committee on the History of

Philosophy, and have also served as a judge for the International Philosophy

Olympiads. I have most recently served as Chairperson of the Programme Committee

for the XXIII World Congress and as Chairperson of the Executive Committee

overseeing the organization of the Athens Congress. In this regard, I have enjoyed

working closely with President Bill McBride and General Secretary Luca Scarantino,

and I have learned a great deal both about philosophy and about diplomacy. FISP has

an important -- indeed an essential-- role to play in the world today in promoting the

vision and practice of philosophy. First and foremost FISP represents philosophical

societies and promotes philosophy throughout the world. I am absolutely convinced of

the need to continue expanding FISP’s international horizons. FISP now has greater

visibility in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and Australia, as well as in

Europe and North America. An important challenge for the future will be to expand

FISP’s activities in the Islamic world. FISP has in recent years taken an active role in

promotion of discussions on pluralism, cultural diversity, and human rights and my aim

would be to encourage this international dialogue. In this regard, FISP should seek to

influence UNESCO to renew its commitment to support philosophy as a way of realizing

the ideals of humanity. The organization of the World Congresses will continue to be

FISP’s important international achievement. But I personally have also been greatly

encouraged to see young people from all over the world participating in the

International Philosophy Olympiads FISP should continue to promote these Olympiads

and similar opportunities for young people to encounter philosophy. I am aware that

FISP is operating in an era of great fiscal instability. FISP has very successfully

represented philosophy wherever it is institutionally threatened (as was recently the

situation in the UK) and it is important that FISP continue to make its voice heard. In

this regard, it is important for the future of FISP that it encourage more active

participation in FISP by the next generation of eminent philosophers of all nations. In

this regard FISP’s involvement in regional conferences, such as the recent meeting in

Benin, is most important. FISP also needs to investigate the possibility of attracting

philanthropic funding, without compromising its independence. Fiscal stability is

important for establishing and running the FISP Secretariat but also to allow for active

communication and effective collaboration with member societies. I am committed to

philosophical and cultural pluralism and diversity and in this regard I shall continue to

respect the linguistic tradition of FISP by using both French and English in our

meetings.

 

Francisco Naishtat

It is my vow to use my experience as university professor and advance researcher in

contemporary philosophy as well as my capacity as public member of national and

international philosophical institutions to support and strengthen the Fédération

Internationale de Sociétés de Philosophies (FISP) through its philosophical, cultural

and institutional practice in our world, in the context of persistent difficulties for

philosophy and for human sciences. I feel our time, at the beginning of this century,

both marked and deeply affected by a singular stress and deep crisis of democracy,

plurality and social welfare through the world, and by a public disregard by global and

efficient powers and hypermodern societies as well, to philosophy and to the human

sciences. Karl Popper said once that today philosophers begin by excusing themselves

before speaking as philosophers in scientific congresses. And Jean-François Lyotard

complemented this critical perception observing that today the constituted powers do

not need to force philosophers to ingest hemlock or poison; it is enough to ignore them

and to be indifferent to philosophy in general. In this difficult world context for

philosophy and for its institutional practice, I think that FISP play a crucial and critical

global role by helping philosophical societies and philosophers through the world,

without restrictions linked no national, religious, or cultural particularities, to establish

and deep interplay and horizontal relations, in front of the characteristic problems of

our societies and of our world. As Principal Researcher of CONICET in contemporary

philosophy (Argentina), as teacher and researcher of philosophy of history and

philosophy of action at the Universidad de Buenos Aires since 1887 and at the Collège

International de Philosophie (2004-2010), as co-organizer of International Colloquia

Bariloche of Philosophy (1992-2010), as Ancient president of the Centro de

Investigaciones Filosóficas (Buenos Aires, 2009-2012), and through a teaching and

researching practice developed through many countries, as Argentine, Japan (2008),

Brazil (2005-6-7), France (1997-2013), USA (Fulbright fellow 1990-91), Spain (1999,

2005, 2010, 2013) and Germany (2012-2013) I vow to use my experience and capabilities

to help maintain and strength the high global philosophical profile of FISP in the frame

of critical global conditions for our discipline and its institutional practice and

transmission. In particular, I vow to contribute strength the philosophical bridges and

links between Latin America and other parts of the world, not only through the classical

North-South relations but particularly thinking in South-South relations, between

Latin America and Africa, Australia, as well as Asia.

 

Ouyang Kang

Philosophy is a high level of wisdom, whose mission is to help humans to probe deeply

into the self and envisage the future. It pursues truth, virtue, beauty, the holy and their

integration for human development. In today’s world the philosopher should enhance

communication and cooperation, probe the most important theoretical and the difficult

practical problems, and contribute to the human and civilizational and progress.

FISP as the highest non-governmental world organization for philosophy whose great

contribution is organizing the World Congress and enhancing the global philosophy

communication. We believe it will play even more functions, e.g., the very rapid

development in China raises many new questions and brings new resources for the

philosophical development. It is hoped that FISP can be part of this.

 

Pham Van Duc

My name is Pham Van Duc, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Vietnam Academy of

Social Sciences. I has been the CD member of the International Federation of

Philosophical Societies (FISP) since 2008. I will be happy to continue in the CD for the

second term.

As I understand in the future the FISP will play more and more important role in

promotion mutual understanding among various philosophical traditions around the

world. The FISP is the good forum for philosophers from different cultural backgrounds

to reflect and exchange their views on different topics of global concerns, on the role and

contribution of philosophy to the cause of peace and humanity.

Especially for me as well as for the philosophers from Vietnam, being CD member

provides me the chance to learn more about different theoretical issues and practical

experiences from the reflections of scholars from different countries around the world.

The theoretical reflections and practical lessons from other countries can help us to

detect new issues and problems and find adequate solutions to deal with them, and

consequently will contribute importantly to the development of philosophy in Vietnam

and then to orient successfully the cause of national building in Vietnam.

As the CD member I also have the chance to introduce to colleagues around the world

about the distinctive features and values of the philosophical tradition of Vietnam,

about the issues encountered by Vietnamese philosophers as well as the role and

contribution of philosophical education and research in Vietnam. As the CD member I

will invite more scholars from different countries to come to Vietnam to give lectures to

our students and exchange with our philosophers about the issues of concerns.

Thus, I am happy to serve the CD for the second term and hope that I could work with

other CD members to achieve the noble goal of the International Federation of

Philosophical Societies.

 

Sami Pihlstrom

If elected, Sami Pihlstrom would seek to emphasize the plurality and dialogue of not

only national philosophical traditions but also different methodological approaches in

philosophy, as well as their critical interaction. The mutual enrichment,

acknowledgment, and cooperation of rival philosophical methodologies are increasingly

important as philosophy becomes more and more heterogeneous and fragmented.

Furthermore, based on his experience as the Director of the Helsinki Collegium for

Advanced Studies, Sami Pihlstrom would also bring to FISP a strongly interdisciplinary

orientation in philosophy: working together with other disciplines, within and beyond

the humanities and social sciences, philosophy can still maintain its autonomy and

special role in the academia. More concretely, Sami Pihlstrom’s wide networks both in

philosophical research (e.g., international associations and networks of pragmatism

scholarship) and in academic administration (e.g., international networks of institutes

for advanced study) would presumably also be useful for FISP.

 

Riccardo Pozzo

Trained as an historian of philosophy, I have published monographs on Aristotelianism,

the history of logic from the Renaissance to Kant and Hegel, twentieth-century

philosophy, the history of ideas and of the universities. I have been working

interculturally for FISP and interdisciplinary for the Institute of European Intellectual

Lexicon and the History of Ideas of CNR, with special attention to the role played by the

history of cultural terminology in shaping intellectual identities.

As the chair of the Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy of FISP, I have insisted

that texts are the subject-matter of philosophy, for it is language that makes the

“intellectual” realm. I am particularly interested in bringing to FISP the use of IT

methodology for linguistic and textual data documentation and elaboration. The goal is

providing editions, digital texts, terminological databases, concordances, author or

epoch-related lexica. The task is creating digital research infrastructures for an

enhanced comprehension of philosophical and scientific texts that are shaping what is

becoming step by step the World Digital Library (www.wdl.org).

 

Gail M. Presbey

My research areas are diverse and international in scope. Regarding Africa, I have

written papers not only focused on Kenya but also Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana,

Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Democratic Republic of Congo, covering topics of

culture, tradition, and values; women’s rights; democracy; racial and ethnic strife; war;

poverty eradication and justice. My work on India focuses on the topic of Gandhi and

nonviolence. I have also written about and researched peace and justice issues in Latin

America. As a CD member I would hope to promote international cooperation,

intercultural research, and human rights.

 

Mogobe Bernard Ramose

It is salutary to note that recently FISP is moving in the direction of reaffirming

dialogue as a principle of philosophy through the recognition of multiple and different

voices of philosophy globally. Another noticeable tendency of FISP is the reaffirmation

of the relation between theory and practice in philosophy. If elected to the Board of

FISP, I plan to promote and consolidate the two tendencies mentioned.

Jitendra Ramprakash

With a background in Philosophy, Psychology, literature and the media, I would like to

contribute towards the efforts of FISP in a range of areas, in case I have the honour of

being elected as a member of the steering committee. These include – Philosophy of

Psychology, Philosophy of art and aesthetics, Philosophy of media and a greater

interaction between various disciplines and schools of thought.

I strongly believe that Philosophy must continue to play an ever-greater role in our

intellectual and social life. Not only is it the essential guiding light of work in other

fields and sciences, it also must inform our cultural, political and societal life, in everrelevant

and newer ways. It would be a matter of great satisfaction and honour to be

able to support the efforts of colleagues towards achieving the goals of FISP.

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff

As a member of the Steering Commiteee, Rendtorff has been very active and he has

attended all meetings of the Steering Committee since his election as a member in 2008.

Rendtorff wants to continue this work on promoting a pluralistic, interdisciplinary and

problem-oriented vision of philosophy with a cosmopolitan vision for the role of

philosophy in the world. Rendtorff defends a pluralistic concept of philosophy not only

limiting philosophy to the European and Western concepts of analytical and continental

philosophy, but indeed promoting an open vision of philosophy that argues for a

conscious dialogue between the different philosophical traditions of the different

continents of the world, i.e. European and North-American philosophy, Asian African

traditions of philosophy, but also being open for the traditions of the middle East and

South America. With his background in hermeneutics and applied philosophy Rendtorff

is also committed to a vision of philosophy as directed towards confrontation with

contemporary problems, for example discussions of human rights and poverty in

political philosophy, issues of protection of the environment, climate change and

sustainability with bioethics and issues concerning professional responsibility and

business ethics in public and private organizations, corporations and institutions.

Rendtorff is committed to ensure a strong presence of FISP in the world community as

an organization that promotes philosophy in world affairs as extremely important for

the future of humanity.

 

Ken-ichi Sasaki

I have been committing myself to the activities of FISP since the last Congress at Seoul,

where I was invited to a plenary session. I’m proud to have been active as member of its

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Steering Committee, especially as a member of the Program Committee for the Athens

Congress. My position in this international organization is particularly defined in two

terms: as a philosopher from Asia, and as a specialist in aesthetics. During these past

five years, I edited an issue of the international journal Diogenes on the subject of New

Aesthetics (French version, 2012; English version, forthcoming). New aesthetics means

non-Western, post-modern (in literal sense of the word), and this orientation is an

extension from my previous activities in the International Association of Aesthetics (as

its President and as the organizer of the 2001 international congress). If being re-elected

as member of the Steering Committee of FISP, I would keep this position: I’ll work for a

better participation of Asiatic (especially Japanese) philosophers to the international

activities that FISP develops, and to promote aesthetics there.

 

Suwanna Satha-Anand

I hope to build more bridges for philosophers from Southeast Asia to participate in

FISP. This coming decade will be an exciting and challenging time for ASEAN countries

as there will be intensive economic integration in the region of over 500 million people.

There will be more professionalization and internationalization of higher education in

general and philosophical studies in particular. I believe FISP's various activity

programs could play a significant role in that process. I hope to help create more space

for important scholarly works in philosophy produced in the region which might not be

written in one of the major international languages.

With these aims in mind I accept the nomination to become a FISP CD member.

 

Luca Maria Scarantino

I see a diversity of roles that FISP plays on a global scale, and I am committed to

continue to help these roles be properly and effectively fulfilled. Firstly, FISP represents

a major networking axis for scholars and scholarly bodies throughout the world. Its

global reach provides a unique opportunity for representatives of the different

philosophical communities to interact beyond their own areas of specialization.

Secondly, it plays a significant role in increasing the presence of philosophy in the

public sphere as a response to contemporary social and cultural transformations; it is

particularly fit to undertake concrete actions in defense of philosophical centers and

institutions all over the world, as it has done repeatedly in the last years; and it has

backed national communities in their struggles in favor of the permanence of philosophy

in the educational systems and curricula. Thirdly, it can provide – and has, in fact,

provided – tangible help to national and regional academic communities who wish to

organize themselves through the creation of new associations and societies.

Having served as Secretary-general of FISP for the past five years, I see FISP at work

to including in its scholarly network national and regional philosophical communities

that are looking for increased interaction on an international scale: to this effect, the

network of FISP societies is an effective complement to academic cooperation through

universities. I also consider it especially pressing that FISP addresses some concerns

that are particular and unique to the contemporary philosophical community at a global

level, such as the increasing need for comparative and transcultural approaches in

philosophy, or the need for increased gender-sensitive perspectives in the discipline.

La FISP me paraît susceptible de jouer une diversité de rôles à l’échelle mondiale. Je

m’engage à y contribuer. D’abord, elle permet de mettre en réseau des chercheurs et des

chercheuses, mais aussi des centres de recherche, provenant du monde entier. C’est

aussi grâce à cette diversité qu’elle leur permet d’interagir au-delà du cadre habituel de

leurs compétences immédiates. Deuxièmement, elle contribue à renforcer la présence de

la philosophie dans l’espace public, en réponse aux changements sociaux et culturels

que traverse notre époque ; elle entreprend des actions concrètes en défense de centres

et institutions philosophiques, comme elle a dû le faire à plusieurs reprises au cours des

dernières années ; elle soutient les communautés nationales dans leurs luttes pour le

maintien de la philosophie aux différents niveaux des systèmes d’enseignement.

Finalement, elle fournit un soutien tangible à ces communautés savantes qui cherchent

à s’organiser autour de nouvelles associations, à l’échelle nationale ou régionale.

J’ai eu l’honneur de servir comme Secrétaire général de la FISP pendant les cinq

dernières années. À ce titre, j’estime que le premier devoir de la Fédération consiste à

inclure sans cesse dans son réseau savant ces communautés philosophiques qui

expriment le besoin de multiplier leurs échanges à l’échelle internationale. À cet effet, le

réseau de la FISP vient compléter la coopération académique assurée par les universités

et les centres de recherche. Je considère tout aussi important que la FISP fasse valoir,

au cours de son activité, certaines préoccupations largement ressenties par les

philosophes contemporains, telles l’exigence d’une approche transculturelle en

philosophie ou l’attention à la diversité des genres dans la réflexion philosophique.

 

David Schrader

It has been an honor and a privilege to have served on the FISP CD for the past five

years. I would very much like the opportunity to continue my service for another term.

During the past five years I have served as Chair of the FISP Committee on Bioethics

and Ethics in the Sciences, and have also served as a member of the FISP Committee on

General Policy and the FISP Committee on the History of Philosophy. I have attended

FISP CD meetings in Italy, Russia, Mexico, and Benin. I also attended an additional

FISP committee meeting in Italy.

If I should be elected to a second term, I would be particularly interested in two areas:

first, continuing to work to expand the global reach of philosophy; and second,

continuing to advocate for the importance of philosophy in education throughout the

world. It is incumbent upon those of us in nations with well-established philosophical

communities to work in whatever ways we can to strengthen and engage philosophical

communities in those parts of the world that have been less included in global

philosophical dialogue. It is also important for all of us to work as effectively as possible

to counteract the increasing de-emphasis on philosophy both in UNESCO and in the

educational agendas of too many nations at the present time.

 

Gerhard Seel

There cannot be any doubt that FISP and its member-societies do an important work in

promoting philosophy worldwide, in establishing an intercultural dialogue between the

north and the south, the east and the west of our endangered planet, in creating

conditions for peace by justifying human rights and promoting their respect. This work

must go on.

During the last period (2008-2013) I contributed to this work as a member of the

Steering Committee. With one exception I attended every meeting of this committee. I

was in charge of controlling the reports of the treasurer and will continue to do so if

reelected.

I was especially engaged in promoting philosophy of art and aesthetics. I consider that

all kinds of artistic activities will play an ever bigger role in modern societies and

philosophy should reflect on this. Together with Ken-ichi Sasaki I created a ‘Committee

for Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics’ which has a consulting function in the Steering

Committee. I am currently the president of this committee.

I was also engaged in the International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) and served 4 times

as member of the Steering Board. IPO brings young students from - now - 18 countries

together and does an important job in education and promotion of philosophical values.

I am convinced that I can be useful in the future as well and ask you to have confidence

in me by giving me your vote.

 

Warayuth Sriwarakuel

In nature there are both similarities and differences. Similarly, there are both

similarities and differences in human lives and cultures. Harmony implies the balance

between similarities and differences. If we need harmony, we need to make the balance

between similarities and differences. If we put an emphasis on either side of the two

opposites, then disharmony or imbalance will occur. Thus too much and too little must

be avoided. The middle way is a proper path for harmony. Let see the opposite between

similarity and difference. If we emphasize too much upon similarity, we will face with

the problem of monotone. On the contrary, if we put an emphasis too much on

difference, we will face with the problem of chaos. For example, let us see the problem

between the two ideologies in political philosophy, namely, liberalism and

multiculturalism. Liberalism holds the thesis that “Everybody is just like us” whereas

multiculturalism holds the thesis that “Everybody is just different from us.” Both

ideologies have loopholes because they hold extreme theses. While liberalism

emphasizes too much upon similarity, multiculturalism emphasizes too much on

difference. To take a middle way, we need to follow what I call “the Hartshornian Way”.

To see how liberalism and multiculturalism are wrong, we can do like Hartshorne does

by adding “in all aspects” at the end of each thesis. Let see the liberal thesis first. We

can see clearly that “Everybody is just like us in all aspects” is obviously wrong.

Similarly, as for multiculturalism, “Everybody is just different from us in all aspects” is

also obviously wrong. To be correct, we need to take the middle way, “Everybody is just

like us in some aspect and different from us in another aspect.”

We live on the same planet earth, so harmony is something desirable. It is needed both

in nature and in society of all kinds. As a CD member from Southeast Asia, I dare not

say that I am a representative of this region. However, if FISP sees that I could

continue to do something for the sake of harmony in nature and in society based on my

philosophical, ideological, and religious beliefs, I am willing to carry on this mission.

 

Marietta Stepaniants

I am honored to be nominated for re-election for the position of CD of FISP. I have been

participating in World Philosophy Congresses since the XVIII WPC in Brighton, U.K.

(1988) where I was the organizer & chair-person for the round-table "Concept of Man in

Oriental Philosophies". I have been a Member of the CD since 2003. Since 2008 I have

served as the 1st vice-president of FISP.

For the past ten years I tried to fulfill my duties as a CD member by strengthening its

ties with philosophical community of my own country – Russia; by participating in a

number of international and regional conferences; by founding and chairing the first in

Russia UNESCO chair in philosophy; by participating in UNESCO meetings of experts;

by playing an active role in organizing the World Philosophy Day in Moscow (2009); by

formulating the concept, training teachers, preparing manuals in the frames of an

innovative project and international network “Schools of the Dialogue of Cultures”, etc.

I’ll feel honored to serve the third (the last) term as CD member so that to encourage

the activity of FISP in accord with the following vision of its role and mission:

1. FISP is to continue to play the most essential role in promoting philosophy world

wide. It should uphold close relations with philosophical societies, truly representing

them on international arena. FISP needs to expand its membership by including

philosophical societies and associations from all the continents. The special attention is

to be given to Africa and South America.

2. FISP's duty is to oppose any attempt to marginalize philosophy studies and teaching at

any level of education. Especially important is to pressure UNESCO and to insist on

maintaining philosophy as a priority in the policy and activity of this international

organization.

3. It is desirable to renew the practice of holding the main celebrations of the World

Philosophy Day in different regions and cities.

My personal participation in World Philosophy Day celebrations in Rabat (Morocco),

Palermo (Italy), and Moscow (Russia) has brought me to the conclusion that this

practice is much more efficient in raising the public status of philosophy in general than

its celebration in the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris.

4. FISP should stay sensible to the appearance of new orientations in philosophizing in

accord with the challenges of the time. Comparative and Intercultural philosophy as the

moderator of the dialogue of cultures, which is nowadays’ imperative, is to be

encouraged, in particular.

Being personally committed to philosophical and cultural pluralism and diversity I shall

continue publication of the academic series “Comparative philosophy” (as the founder

and editor-in-chief); I shall keep on Moscow International Conferences on Comparative

Philosophy (as the Director of MICCP); I shall expand teaching intercultural philosophy

(as the UNESCO chair holder).

 

William Sweet

I see FISP as providing opportunities to connect ‘local’ philosophical work with the

international philosophical community. Through its sponsoring of philosophical

meetings in centres around the world, as well as through the participation of its officers

and steering committee members in regional philosophical meetings, FISP has assisted

in making this ‘connection’ more and more a reality. As a member of the Steering

Committee, I will serve to make this cooperation concrete and effective. (This is also a

reason for the increased efforts and activities of the Committee for Intercultural

Philosophy.)

I believe that for FISP to grow and flourish, it needs to continue to support

philosophical communities at the ‘grassroots’ level, and to continue to provide

opportunities to build and showcase philosophical work, particularly in areas outside

the philosophical ‘centre.’ To realize this aim, during the next 5 years, as a member of

the Steering Committee I will work with FISP to co-sponsor and publicize philosophical

meetings and workshops, particularly in southern Africa, central Europe, Latin

America, and Southern Asia and in East Asia. This will include providing assistance in

the publication of proceedings of these conferences. As a member of the Steering

Committee, I will also support established research teams in these regions that seek to

participate more actively in FISP.

 

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir

The main goal of FISP is to connect philosophers globally, and to create venues for

different philosophical traditions and styles. It is important that philosophy increase

the representation of women who are still in the minority in this field, but I view this as

one of the main goals of my contribution to FISP. Works by women philosophers, past

and present, also need to become a bigger part of the philosophical curriculum. In my

work on European philosophy of the 19th and 20th century, I have emphasized feminist

readings with the aim of arriving at a richer understanding of the human self as

embodied and relational. I have put these ideas into practice as one of the initiators of

the Gender Equality Training and Studies Programme that has recently become part of

the United Nations University (see www.gest.hi.is). This program invites professionals

from developing and post-conflict countries to do studies and training in gender equality

at the University of Iceland. The programme is based on a transnational philosophy,

implying that we extend our horizon hermeneutically, reaching out to other cultures,

philosophies and religions. Presently, I am preparing a joint Nordic M.A.-programme in

feminist philosophy in cooperation with four other philosophy departments in

Scandinavia. I believe that these experiences are useful for supporting FISP´s goals of

promoting philosophy and its ideals of humanity in a diversified world, as well as for

expanding FISP internationally.

 

Tu Weiming

The time is ripe to rethink philosophy as a public discourse in the 21st century. The

epistemological and linguistic turns have enabled philosophy to become the brilliant

manifestation of the human mind at its best in clarity of thought and analytic rigor.

Ecological consciousness, feminist sensitivity, cultural diversity, religious pluralism,

and the felt need of a dialogical civilization predicated on a shared sense of the human

community compel professional philosophers to re-present the cumulative wisdom of all

spiritual traditions, to critically address enduring issues defining the human condition,

and to improve the state of the world by offering learned perspectives and disciplined

insights in an imagined global civil society.

 

Gabriel Vargas Lozano

Since its origins the FISP has demonstrated its unique characteristics as a global

organization, in a category of its own. Throughout all of its activities it has been

contributing to strengthen the exchange of ideas between philosophers, societies,

institutions and periodic publications throughout the world. Its Presidents and

governing boards, above all recently, have contributed with global initiatives such as

the International Day of Philosophy instituted by UNESCO, the International

Olympiad of Philosophy, or the editing of the book Philosophy, a School of Freedom.

Teaching Philosophy and Learning to Philosophize: Status and Prospects (2007), which

has been an important inspiration for the teaching of philosophy and for the pedagogy of

learning how to philosophize, in diverse sectors of global civil society. The FISP, through

its committees regarding the teaching of philosophy, bio-ethics, human rights,

interculturality and the history of philosophy, has contributed powerfully to a better

understanding of our discipline.

Today we are experiencing a deep process of global transformation which urgently needs

the participation of philosophy through all of its disciplines and specializations. This is

why the FISP should not only maintain but expand its committees of reflection engaged

with these challenges. Similarly, it should also do what is possible to distribute its

publications more widely and open the way for others that tackle the great problems

that afflict humanity.

All of this must be undertaken from a perspective grounded in deep respect for the rich

plurality of philosophical approaches and through a process of rational dialogue.

From the perspective of my origins in a Latin American country (Mexico) I believe that

the IFSP must increase its presence in all of these dimensions and develop

transcendental initiatives related both to the encouragement of important efforts

undertaken by our affiliates as reflected in their intense philosophical activity, as well

as through intensified interaction with other regions of the world. Philosophy today, as

always, is a reflective and critical instrument capable of laying the foundations

necessary for an active exercise of citizenship committed to the search for and

achievement of conditions more conducive to local and global forms of justice.

It would be a great honor for me to be able to participate in the important efforts

undertaken by FISP.

 

Lourdes Velázquez

If reelected to the CD of FISP I commit myself to continue in my activity for improving

the presence of the Federation in Latin America, and in particular for fostering regular

links and common activities among the individual philosophers and the philosophical

institutions of this part of the world. At the same time I will continue to give active

participation into different activities promoted or supported by FISP in the different

continents, strengthening the personal relations of collaboration that I have been

establishing with several philosophers all over the world during the many years I have

participated into FISP initiatives worldwide.

 

João J. Vila-Chã

Philosophy as an unavoidable field of research for the search for meaning and for the

ultimate value of life; and highly relevant for the societal, and civilizational

development of humankind. FISP is especially necessary for the fostering of the

philosophical activity around the world and most needed in our fragmented times, while

at the same time being decisively global.

 

Stelios Virvidakis

According to the official statement of its main objectives, FISP is supposed to promote

the “development of professional relations between philosophers of all countries, freely

and with mutual respect; to foster contacts between institutions, societies and periodical

publications dedicated to philosophy and to collect documentation useful for the

development of philosophical studies... to promote philosophical education, to prepare

publications of global interest and to contribute to the impact of philosophical

knowledge on global problems.”

As a member of the Steering Committee of FISP and of the Hellenic Organizing

Committee of the 23d World Congress of Philosophy, I have been actively involved in

various international exchanges, conferences, workshops and lecture tours aiming at

the attainment of these objectives. I have thus realized the need for us to work harder to

enhance collaboration among societies and individuals and to foster intercultural

understanding through the study and the elaboration of different philosophical

traditions. In the years to come, I believe that FISP should continue the pursuit of all its

main goals, but, more particularly, it should draw further on the resources of

philosophical knowledge in different areas with a view to highlighting their relevance

for confronting a variety of theoretical and practical challenges. Personally, I intend to

focus on the inquiry into conceptions of morality which may help us deal with the

contemporary crisis of humanistic values going along with the financial crisis in many

countries in Southern Europe and elsewhere in the world. FISP may undertake a more

active role in the comparative study of such conceptions of morality (involving values,

norms, rights and virtues) and in the development of strategies for their promotion

through education and other institutions of civil society.

 

Xie Dikun

I am honored to be a CD member in the last five years. As the representative of Chinese

philosophical society, I hope I will have the opportunity to continue to take my

responsibility associated to the status and bye-laws of Member of the Steering

Committee of FISP for a new term. If elected I will attend the annual meetings, and I

strongly propose FISP meetings to be held in Asian countries more often, so that we

may promote the mutual communication and cooperation between Eastern and Western

philosophical circle.

 

Yang Guorong

My philosophical thinking can be summarized as concrete metaphysics, which as a

special theory of being seeks to demonstrate philosophy as a doctrine of wisdom in its

study of both unity of being and the unification of diverse approaches to being in the

dimensions of knowledge, values and meaning. This is developed mainly in my three

books: A Treatise on Dao, Ethics and Being: Treatise on Moral Philosophy, The

Maturation of the Self and the Refinement of Things and The Generation of the World of

Meaning. As a FISP CD member my main concern would be to contribute to building a

bridge between Chinese and Western philosophy.

 

Jeu-jenq James Yuann

I am in full awareness of the duty, obligation and privilege of accepting this position and

sincerely hope I will be able to have this opportunity to serve the Federation and its

solemn purposes.

Under the recommendation of both Professor Jue, Jien-ming, President of Chinese

Association of Philosophy and of Hua Fan University, Taipei, Taiwan and Professor

Tran Van Doan, the current member of the Board of Directors of FISP, I am very much

motivated to continue the tremendous job they have done for the cooperation between

the federation and the association. I am extremely lucky to be informed by both

Professor Jue and Professor Tran concerning all the achievements the federation has

done so far and I take the great opportunity of this occasion to sketch what I intend to

do further in accordance ith the vision of FISP:

First of all, I intend to take the advantages of being the chair-person of the Department

of Philosophy at National Taiwan University, one among the most well-known

universities in the Chinese-speaking world, connecting all philosophical departments in

Taiwan through activities such as organizing conferences, supporting researches in all

philosophical fields, applying national funding in researches and putting forward the

idea of inter-university teaching by recognizing curriculum credits.

Then, I am also keen to build up cross strait relationship among philosophers by

connecting Taiwan with China. With our shared tradition, language and mode of

thinking, Taiwan and China are philosophically in competition as well as in

cooperation. As I have frequently invited Chinese philosophers to Taiwan and been

invited to give lectures in China, I think it is appropriate to use Taiwan as a

philosophical hub to further the cooperation among philosophers in China, Taiwan and

the world.

Furthermore, the region of Asia is also very much on its rise. As we are situated right in

the middle between Northeast Asia (represented mainly by Japan and Korea) and

Southeast Asia (represented mainly by ASEAN countries), Taiwan is a stepping stone to

link both parts of Asia in order to launch dialogues among philosophers. The topics can

be various by taking historical, social and philosophical contexts into account.

Finally on the world wide stage, I attempt to establish a philosophical forum by calling

attention to cultural diversity and global normativity. The world, though in constant

change, contains values of ultimate nature which remain covered unless we give in the

first place each culture around the world a chance of fully expressing itself. After all, as

the topic of the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy says: Philosophy is both an inquiry

and a way of life. We should stick to the principle of esteeming cultural diversity and

global normativity.

For all of these attempts and intentions, I envision the world of philosophy with a

prosperous future. Once again, I sincerely hope that the Board would take them into

account by giving me this opportunity to work with FISP.

 

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NEWS FROM MEMBER SOCIETIES

NATIONAL SOCIETIES

Inde

All India Philosophy Association

    The All India Philosophy Association (Akhila Bharatiya Darshan Parishad) was established in 1954 and functions mainly through Hindi. It is the largest registered body of people concerned with philosophy in India today. At present it has more than 1500 life members. Its continued publication of the Quarterly (Darshanika Traimasika) is phenomenal. Today its four issues a year cover more that 1000 pages. The AIPA publishes books as well The number of books published is more than 25. Recently, it has published ( in English) Felicitation volumes for Prof. S.P. Dubey and R.C. Sinha entitled Dimensions of Philosophy and Dimensions of Applied Philosophy and Ethics, respectively. It may be noted that Prof. Dubey has been elected, unanimously, the President/Chairman of the Association for the fifth time (for 3 yrs. tenure). The 58th session of the Association will be held at M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Raj.) from 18th to 20th Oct. 2013. The Association is also organizing a Round Table on Poornavada during the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy at Athens (Greece) in August, 2013. The group will contain more than 15 persons. For details information please visit our website www.abdp.co.in.

 

Russie

BULLETIN of the Russian Philosophical Society

№ 1 (65), 2013. (192 p.) 

     We hereby announce publication and circulation of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society No. 1, 2013 (Editor-in-Chief, Professor A.N. Chumakov; Executive Secretary, L.F. Matronina).

     The Editor's Column headlined Russian philosophy in the world opens the issue. Professor Chumakov ruminates on participation of Russian philosophers in the world philosophical congresses in the past (in Boston, Istanbul and Seoul) and writes about preparation for the XXIII World Philosophical Congress "Philosophy as knowledge and way of life" to be held in Athens.

     Read Approaching XXIII World Philosophical Congress to learn detailed information about four plenary sessions, seven symposia, seventy five panels, special lectures, important congress dates, registration fees and the Organizing committee's contacts.

    Read Information from the RPhS Regional Branches and Organizations with an article by L.P.Stankevich, I.P.Polyakova and A.A.Linchenko (Lipetsk) Holism in the world of philosophy and socio-humanitarian knowledge. Read also reports about activity of the Murmansk branch in 2012 by A.M.Sergeev and V.M.Voronov (Murmansk), of the Saratov branch in 2012 by V.B.Ustiantsev (Saratov) and of the organizational structure "Art of movement" in 2012 by O.S.Vasilieva and S.V.Sizyaeva (Moscow).

     Continue with News from the Moscow Philosophical Society to have detailed information about the society's general assembly in 2013, to read Notes about the Ovsiannikov international aesthetics conference by V.N. Kulbizekov (Moscow) and Mutual assistance as a vector of moral renewal by V.M.Artemov and V.Lonchakova (Moscow).

     Events and Comments inform about the results of the international Vavilov readings prepared by Prof. V.P.Shalaev (Yoshkar-Ola) and contain 15th anniversary of the Philosophical club in St.Petersburg by O.V.Stukova and From 'picture of man' to 'philosophy of man' by V.A.Rabosh, L.N.Letyagina and A.A.Ivanenko (St.Petersburg).

     Managing Education: Modern Approaches publishes On rating of universities and the problems of teaching Religion Studies by A.A.Krotov, Ph.D. (Moscow) and Contemporary forms of managing education: a phenomenon of 'Science festivals' in Russia by O.Sazhina (Moscow).

       Read Topical Issue for How radical scientific ideas break through the dictate of a paradigm? by Prof. A.Krushanov (Moscow). The author theorizes on when new scientific ideas contradicting the established paradigm become discussed by academic community.

     Philosophy in contemporary world is represented by International association of professors of philosophy by W.Busch (Germany).

     International Cooperation publishes Quintessence of the UN Conference 'Rio + 20': a strategy of sustainable progress by Prof. V.V.Mantatov (Ulan-Ude) and World Cultural Forum by Prof. A.N.Chumakov.

      Read Philosophical Life Abroad for Strategic composition of Russia and the US: cooperation or confrontation? By Chian Jusi (China) and To understand the indirectly reflected nature of time by N.A.Popova (Latvia).

      Science in the Near Abroad presents Peculiarities of teaching philosophy and philosophy of governance in the context of military activity by L.V.Krymets (Ukraine).

        Read Raising a Problem for Russian constructivism: ascetics and sainthood by L.B.Freivert (Moscow).

        On the Edge presents What has happened with Russian in the 20th century and what is happening now? by Assistant Prof. A.V.Katsura (Moscow).

     Published By Way of Discussion are Unity of being and history as a principle of Weltanschauung by Prof. M.M.Prokhorov (Nizhnii Novgorod), About the goals and meaning of history by Profs. G.N.Gumnitsky and M.G.Zelentsovva (Ivanovo), About spiritual and moral essence of the culture of public education by G.Yu.Beliaev, Ph.D. (Moscow), About the drift of the corporate values in the period of globalization by G.I.Mezentsev, Deputy chief academic secretary of the RPhS (Moscow), Biblical paradigm of globalism by Prof.P.V.Chelyshev (Moscow), Jean Jack Russo and modernity by E.R.Kartashova, Sc.D. (Moscow) and Knowledge society by T.I.Koval, Ph.D. (Moscow).

      History of the Russian Philosophy publishes several articles dedicated to what is known as the 1922 'philosophical steamboat': 'Philosophical steamboat' has returned. 1922-2012 by I.Strekalov (Moscow), Movie 'Philosophical steamboat' by A.G.Pyrin (Moscow), 'Philosophical steamboat' and destinies of Russian philosophy in the 20th century by M.V.Maksimov (Ivanovo).

     History and philosophy of science is represented by Transdisciplinarity of the general pricology by Prof. B.I.Kudrin (Moscow).

     Read Global Studies for Global system of economic regulation: which problems Asia and Europe face? by Peter Blizkovsky and Baton of civilization by    A.G.Pyrin (Moscow). Encyclopedic dictionary Global Studies: people, organizations, publications is also presented here.

    Eurasianism: prospects for understanding presents Eurasian concept of state and power by Assist.Prof. Gudrat Seifi (Moscow) and The project of Eurasian Union: sustainable future born today by Prof. V.V.Mantatov (Moscow).

      Read Philosophy and Life for Patriotism limited by reason: is it possible? by Prof. A.G.Myasnikov (Penza) and Social jurisprudence and politics by K.A.Pronyakin (Khabarovsk).

      Philosophy on the Web is presented by From Neo-all-unity to integral philosophy by V.I.Moiseev (Moscow) and V.E.Voitsekhovich (Tver).

Standpoint presents Anti-criticism by Prof. V.M.Pivoev (Petrozavodsk).

Feedback presents P.S. (post scriptum): philosophy in Russia – rebirth or degradation? – a review of  RPhS Bulletin 2012:4 by Prof. V. F. Druzhinin (Moscow) and Fresh vision – notes of a philosophical partisan by S. S. Peruanskii, Sc.D. (Moscow).

Read Responding our publications for On the future of the system of philosophy by S.I.Tselyiko.

In the Editor's Mailbox we find a letter Terror and shame! by Prof. D.I.Dubrovskii about details of exposing pseudo-science.

Viewpoint by Assist.Prof. V.D.Zhirnov (Moscow) in Western 'philosophical culture' – culture without philosophy.

Read Topic of the day for Newspeak in Russia?! by Prof. M.M.Skibitskii (Moscow).

Dissertations informs in details about doctoral and candidate dissertation on philosophical sciences submitted in the first quarter of 2013.

Reviews: Seminar 'Russian philosophy (tradition and modernity)': 2004-2009 by V.B.Kudrin, N.V.Kolechenkov. A dramatic story of our time. 20th century and beginning of the 21st century by N.M.Bagnovskii, Presenting collective monographs by A.A.Chemshit. Annotations: Globalistics as a part of world global studies and Notes on social philosophy by P.V.Chelyshev, P.V.Chelysheva, A.V.Koteneva.

New books on philosophy presents books published in the first quarter of 2013 and a list of books and journals available in the RPhS Presidium.

Congratulations on jubilees may be found in The life of philosophers.

Read Philosophical Prose for The dark angel of Andrei Platonov by P.V.Poluyan (Krasnoyarsk).

Read Philosophers Joke Too for verses and anecdotes about philosophers.

Useful information presents a discussion club Art of movement in the context of interdisciplinary studies. To the notebook of a philosopher informs about the IX international spring youth academic conference Social and ethnic processes in social development, about conferences What is the truth? and Culture studies in the context of humanitarian knowledge.

Obituaries: L.A.Ermolova, L.N.Rodnov, N.S.Yulina, I.E.Rubtsov, M.V.Vagabov.

Read the information about the RPhS membership for 2013. 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.

Please, send your e-mail messages addressed to the RPhS Presidium and the RPhS Bulletin Editorial Board to rphs@iph.ras.ru. Our Internet websites are www.dialog21.ru; www.globalistika.ru; www.rosfilos.org. To contact the Editors, please, call (495) 609-90-76 or (495) 697-92-98.

 

Turquie

PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OF TURKEY / TÜRKİYE FELSEFE KURUMU

(President: Ioanna Kuçuradi, Vice-president: Betül Çotuksöken, Secretary General: Gülriz Uygur, Treasurer: Harun Tepe, Member of the Executive Board Responsible for Education: Sevgi İyi)

 

Activities from September 2012 to June 2013

*        The first conference of the series of conferences on “Philosophical Itinerary in Asia Minor” was held on 2 and 3 November 2012 in Denizli, in colobration with the Experts Committee on Philosophy of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO. The theme was “Philosophical Itinerary in Hierapolis / Pamukkale: Epictetos of Hierapolis”. Papers was presented by Celal Şimşek, Betül Çotuksöken, Yusuf Örnek, Bahadır Duman, Halil Turan, Mehmet Akşin, Mehmet Ali Sarı, Geoff Bowe, Mustafa Günay, Bridal Akar, Ioanna Kuçuradi, Haluk Erdem, Kadir Çüçen and Taşkıner Ketenci. Harun Tepe, Saffet Babür and Ioanna Kuçuradi chaired the sessions. 

*        The annual Istanbul Seminar of  the Society was held on 29 and 30 November 2012, hosted by the Philosophy Department of Maltepe University. The main theme of the Seminar was “Ethical Values and their Education”. Prof. Kemal Köymen, Rector of Maltepe University, Prof. Betül Çotuksöken, Head of the Philosophy Department, and Ioanna Kuçuradi, President of the Society spoke at the inaugural session of the meeting. Papers were presented by Betül Çotuksöken (“Values and their Education in the Context of Situational Ethics”), Hülya Yetişken (“The Problem of Training in Ethical Values”), Güncel Önkal (“The Problem of Continuity in Values”), Sevgi İyi (“Education of Ethical Values and Knowledge”), İsmail Demirdöven (“Is Friendship Possible?”), Muttalip Özcan (“Is it possible to Teach Ethical Values?”), Çiğdem Yazıcı (“The  Role of Ethics in Education: From the Socratic Virtue Attitude to Freier’s Pedagogy of the  Suppressed”), Haluk Erdem (“The Place of Kant’s Doctrine of Method of Pure Practical Reason in the Education of Ethical Values”), Halil Turan (“Value Education and Literature”), Metin Bayrak (“My Schoolmate Socrates: Value Education by the Socratic Method”), Mustafa Dağlı (“Ethical ‘Values’ and Their Education: A Look from the Outside”), Buket Gültepeataç Ayalp ( “Youth’s Conception of Ethical Values”), Hasan Balıcanlı - Mehmet Ali Dombaycı (“ The Dimensional Approach to Value Education”), Harry Platanakis (“Aristotle and Moral Education”) and Frank Chouraqui (“Teaching Slave Minacity”). Tüten Anğ, Dilek Yılmazcan, Nurgün Öktik, Nermin Çelen and Hülya Durudoğan chaired the sessions.

*        The main celebration of the 2012 World Philosophy Day was organized in Ankara, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education of Ankara University on 23 November 2012. The inaugural speeches were pronounced by Prof. Erkan İbiş, Rector of Ankara University, Prof. Fatma Bıkmaz, on behalf of the Dean of the Faculty of Education, and Ioanna Kuçuradi. Speakers were Betül Çotuksöken, İsmail Demirdöven and Haluk Erdem.

*        The second conference of the series on “Philosophical Itinerary in Asia Minor” was held on 19-20 April 2013, in Sinop, hometown of Diogenes, in collaboration with the Experts Committee on Philosophy of the Turkish National Committee for UNESCO and Sinop University. The inaugural speeches were delivered by Betül Çotuksöken, Vice-President of the Philosophical Society of Turkey, Recep Bircan, Rector of Sinop University, Baki Ergül, Major of Sinop, Özgür Ozanlar, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Ahmet Cengiz,  Governor of Sinop.

Papers were presented, under the theme “World Cultural Heritage and Sinop”, by Gülgün Köroğlu (“History of Sinop in the Light of Sinop-Balatlar Excavation”), Yusuf Örnek (“The Preservation of Cultural Heritage”), Hüsnü Gümüş (“Philosophical Excursion and a New Tendency in Spiritual Life”), Fuat Dereli ( “History of Sinop”); under the theme “Cynic Philosophy and Diogenes” by Uluğ Nutku (“Comforting Thoughts of Diogenes of Sinop”), Nazile Kalaycı (“Diogenes as a Parhestiastes), Levin Lale Basut, (“A ‘Polites’ in ‘Koinonia’: Diogenes of Sinop”);  and under the theme “Diogenes from his Time to our Time”, by Betül Çotuksöken (“Diogenes of Sinop and Nermi Uygur”), Taşkıner Ketenci, (“The king who wants everything and the king who wants  nothing: An Essay on the Concept of the Will”), Ferhat Akdemir (“The Global Problems of he Present World and Diogenes’ Solution Proposals”)

The conference ended with an evaluation session, chaired by Harun Tepe with participation of Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir, İsmail Demirdöven, Haluk Erdem, Mustafa Güray and Direnç Erşahin.   

*         A project aiming at “Strengthening the Philosophy of Law in the Faculties of Law” was developed and started in collaboration with the Faculty of Law and the Department of Philosophy of Koç University (Istanbul). Three workshops on “Law and Ethics” were organized in November 2012 and conducted two by Gülriz Uygur and one by Nigel Simmonds, from Cambridge University. Within the framework of this project an international summer school was organized between 17 and 23 June 2013.

*        The General Assembly of the Society took place in Ankara, on February 16, 2013

*        The XVII National Philosophy Olympiad was organized on 3 March 2012. Two laureates of this Olympiad participated in the International Philosophy Olympiad held in Aarhus.

*        A “Plato Seminar” of 30 hours was organized for non-philosophers in Istanbul between 27 April and 9 June 2013. This seminar which focused on Plato’s epistemology, political philosophy and philosophy of education was conducted by Ioanna Kuçuradi.

*        A series of conferences on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and Camus was organized in Ankara in February, March, April and May 2013.

Publications

-          I. Kant, Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten / Ahlak Metafiziğinin Temellendirilmesi, trans. by Ioanna Kuçıuradi, fourth edition, 2013.

-          M. Heidegger, Über den Humanismus / Hümanizm Üzerine, trans. by Yusuf Örnek, 2013.

-          Ioanna Kuçuradi, Sanata Felsefeyle Bakmak (Looking at Art from a Philosophical Perspective), fifth edition, 2013.

-          Ioanna Kuçuradi (ed.), Barışın Felsefesi (Philosophy of Peace), second edition, 2013.

 

Projects of Activities in Fall 2013 and in 2014

-          Continuation of the series of conferences in various cities of Turkey, on philosophers who were born and/or lived in these cities.

-          Organization, on 28-29 November 2013, of the yearly Istanbul Seminar of the Society, on “Political Philosophy and Ethics”, hosted by the Department of Philosophy of Yeditepe University.

-          Organization of XVIII National Philosophy Olympiad in March 2014.

-          Continuation of the project to promote the teaching of the Philosophy of Law in the Faculties of Law.

 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETIES

Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP)

Invitation to the Conference:

 CULTURE AND PHILOSOPHY

as Ways of Life in Times of Global Change

 

                August 1-3, 2013, University of Athens, Greece

               (preceding the World Congress of Philosophy)

 

Anniversary of the 30th RVP annual seminar

Publication of the 300th volume in the RVP series: "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change"

 

                                                                               Theme:

     As we move forward in global times we encounter new, unexpected and unsettling challenges. The work of abstractive reason so widely pursued by philosophy in modern times seems bewildered as borders become porous, societies become multicultural and intercultural harmony become the new challenges for peace. For these global times human progress now depends anew on the ability of philosophy to reengage its sources in cultures as ways of life.

      The location of this conference in Athens is a unique context in which to reflect on this emergence of philosophy from culture. The program includes leading philosophers from each of the great cultures to open the discussion of the significance not only of philosophy in and for culture, but the contribution which their cultures can make to philosophy for the emerging global whole.

     To accomplish this as a coordinated and creative philosophical effort some recent related developments will be called upon. Thus the first day of the conference (August 1) will begin with the philosophical rediscovery of the nature and evolution of culture in the last half century initiated through such studies as, e.g., those of H.G. Gadamer as well as the efforts of the RVP with philosophers on all continents to relate their cultural heritages creatively to contemporary change. This will introduce (1a) a study by Richard A. Cohen from the University at Buffalo on the thought of Emmanuel Lévinas for whom not the ego but the encounter with "the other" so deepens the sense of philosophy in interpersonal and social life as to suggest ethics as "first philosophy" for our times. (1b) Mark Gedney from the Gordon College will speak on the social role of the body. (1c) João J. Vila-Chã from Portugal and the Gregorian University will relate this to a dynamic, existential metaphysics not only to the love of wisdom but to the wisdom of love/agape. The afternoon will be devoted to the discussion of submitted papers related to these themes.

     Yet as global economic competition now imposes attention to material progress that tends to marginalizes philosophy and the humanities there is need to find more meaning for matter, namely its essential role in binding cultures in local and global cooperation. In response the second morning session (August 2) will examine further the horizons of human culture through three studies: (2a) a statement of the human significance of the material or embodied conditions of life by Enrique Dussel from Argentina and the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico. (2b) The deep sense of Self in Indian philosophy by Indra Nath Choudhuri, the University of New Delhi. Finally, (2c) the challenge will then fall to Gholamreza A'avani, the Iranian Academy of Philosophy, to draw upon the Islamic cultural tradition to relate spirit and matter in an integrated whole. These issues will be discussed in parallel afternoon sessions through the related submitted papers.

     Finally, the third day (August 3) will concern the expansion of philosophical horizons for work in global times. (3a) Marietta Stepanyants of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences will review the recent expansion of hermeneutic studies and modes of philosophizing integrating developments in social sciences. (3b) The cultural resources and prospects for such enrichment of philosophy will be illustrated by two studies of 5000 year old cultures, namely, those of Africa by M.B. Ramose of the University of South Africa, and (3c) of China by Tu Weiming of the Harvard-Yenching Institute and Peking University. Both will consider how cultures past and present can enable philosophy as ways of life to contribute to our global future.

 

Program:

 

 August 1: Openness to the Other

Morning Sessions (9.00am-1.00pm)

9.00am - 9.20am George F. McLean (RVP): Thematic Introduction

9.20am-10.20am: Richard A. Cohen (U.S.): The Face of the Other: Ethics as First Philosophy

10.40am-11.40am: Mark Gedney (U.S.): Recognizing Who We Are. Arendt and Ricœur on the 'Bios Politikos?

12.00am-1.00pm: João J. Vila-Chã (Portugal/Rome): On an Existential Metaphysics of the Wisdom of Love/Agape

Lunch 1.00pm-2.30pm (a light lunch will be provided

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (2.30pm-6.00pm)

1/Openness to the other and the cultural pluralism of global times

2/The human transcendence in metaphysics and religion as ways of life

 August 2: Embodiment and Spirit

Morning Sessions (9.00 am-12.30 pm)

9.00am-10.00am: Enrique Domingo Dussel (Argentina/Mexico): The Meaning of Matter for Life

10.20am-11.20am: Indra Nath Choudhuri (India): Self as Ultimate Consciousness

11.40am-12.40pm: Gholamreza A'avani (Iran): Integrating Matter and Spirit for Harmony and Compassion

 Lunch 1.00pm-2.30pm (a light lunch will be provided)

Afternoon concurrent sessions (2.30pm-6.00pm)

3/ Human person as integrating matter and spirit

4/ Comparative nature of culture and philosophy as ways of life

 August 3: Cultures and Philosophies as Ways of Life for Global Times

 Morning Sessions (9.00am-12.30.pm)

9.00am-10.00am: Marietta Stepanyants (Russia): Recent Philosophizing as Reengaging Culture as Way of Life

10.20am-11.20am: M.B. Ramose (South Africa): African Life, a Philosophy Emerging from Culture

11.40am-12.40pm: Tu Weiming (China/U.S.): Philosophy Grounded in Culture: the Chinese Experience and the Global Future

 Lunch 1.00pm-2.30pm (a light lunch will be provided)

Afternoon concurrent sessions (2.30 pm-6.00 pm)

5/Challenges of philosophy in global times

 6/Philosophizing world cultures as ways of life:

(a) Africa

(b) China

(c) India

(d) Islam

(e) Judeo-Christian

Method

     Morning sessions will consist of three speakers with an hour each for presentation and discussion. Concurrent sessions each afternoon will explore the day's theme in greater detail, each speaker having 15-20 minutes for presentation plus time for discussion. Abstracts and paper required in advance.

Registration and submission of abstracts and papers are by email to cua-rvp@cua.edu.

Information requested:

(1) name

(2) scientific degree

(3) place of work and position

(4) email

(5) title and abstract of the paper

Submission Dates : cua-rvp@cua.edu

May 30, 2013, one page abstract. Those selected for presentation will be notified by June 30.

July 10, 2013, full paper for electronic transmission.

October 20, 2013, final text for publication.

Logistics:

       Location of the pre-Congress conference: the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University Campus, Zografos, Athens, Greece.

       Participants cover their own travel, room and board. Information on accommodations available through the World Congress of Philosophy: registration@wcp2013.gr

or mhatziioannidi@afea.gr

For further information on the University dormitory and some budget hotels in Athens can be found at this link:

http://www.crvp.org/conf/2013/logistics-rvp.htm

 There is no registration fee.

 Co-organizers with the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP):

The International Society for Metaphysics (ISM)

The World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies (WUCPS)

The International Society for Islamic Philosophy (ISIP)

The Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie (COMIUCAP)

The University of Athens (UA)

 

 The Karl Jaspers Society of North America

Activities for Spring/Summer 2013:

 

(1) Volume 7/2 of Existenz is about to be posted online - http://www.existenz.us/forthcoming.html

 with the following Table of Contents:

Tomoko Iwasawa (Reitaku University, Japan), Introduction to Tama in Japanese Myth With Reply to my Critics

Michael Palencia-Roth (University of Illinois), Commentary on Iwasawa's Tama in Japanese Myth

Fabio Rambelli (University of California, Santa Barbara), Review of Tomoko Iwasawa's Tama in Japanese Myth

Purushottama Bilimoria (University of California, Berkeley), Demythologizing and Remythologizing Tama: Reading Tomoko Iwasawa's Tama in Japanese Myth

Alina Feld (Hofstra University), Remarks on Melancholy and the Otherness of God

Tom Rockmore (Duquesne University), A Note on Feld's Remarks on Melancholy and the Otherness of God

Thomas J.J. Altizer (State University of New York at Stony Brook), Alina Feld's Melancholy and the Otherness of God

Michael Raposa (Lehigh University), Theology as Therapy—Reflections on Alina Feld's Melancholy and the Otherness of God

David P. Nichols (Saginaw Valley State University), The God of the Existentialist Philosophers: Fate, Freedom, and the Mystery

Purushottama Bilimoria (University of California, Berkeley), Comments on David Nichols' The God of the Existentialist Philosopher

Catharina Stenqvist (Lunds Universitet, Sweden), The God Question

Troy Bruner (Camas Institute, Spokane, Washington), Pascal Bruckner—Guilt in Western Consciousness, and Perspectives from Karl Jaspers and Viktor Frankl

 (2) KJSNA has met in conjunction with the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division.

Session 2 is recorded and can be accessed on YouTube: http://bit.ly/11eddEi

 Session 1: Author Meets Critics

Friday, March 29, 2013

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Chair: Stephen A. Erickson (Pomona College)

Philosophical Faith and the Future of Humanity, Springer Verlag, 2012

Critic: Purushottama Bilimoria (University of California, Berkeley)

Respondents: Ties Nijssen (Springer Verlag)

Alan M. Olson (Boston University)

Gregory J. Walters (Saint Paul University-Ottawa)

Helmut Wautischer (California State University, Sonoma)

 Session 2: Humanity and Post-Humanity (accessible on YouTube http://bit.ly/11eddEi)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Chair: Gregory J. Walters (Saint Paul University-Ottawa)

Presenters: Max More (Alcor Life Extension Foundation)

"Hyperagency as a Core Attraction and Repellant for Transhumanism"

 John Sullins (Sonoma State University)

"Transhuman Express: Are We Ethically Required to be Transhumanists?"

 Francesca Ferrando (Universitá di Roma Tre)

"Posthumanism and Transhumanism: Differences and Relations"

 Dale Carrico (University of California, Berkeley)

"Futurological Discourse and Posthuman Terrains"

 Bradley Carmack (Mormon Transhumanist Association)

"Transfigurism"

Stephen A. Erickson (Pomona College)

"Post-Humanism, Technology, and Education