The Work of FISP including Publications

FISP sponsors every five years the World Congress of Philosophy, hosted by the country of one of its member societies. It also sponsors major international conferences and other philosophical meetings of more limited scope.

The Newsletter of FISP appears twice a year, including information concerning its activities and its contribution to the universal role of philosophy, information concerning the activities of its members, as well as all available information concerning philosophical activities and global prospects from all over the world.

Among the available publications of FISP are: Philosophy and Cultural Development (1993); The Idea of Development. Between its Past and its Future (1993); The Idea and the Documents of Human Rights (1995); Teaching Philosophy on the Eve of the Twenty-first Century (1998); Les philosophes et la technique (Paris: Vrin, 2003: actes d'une conférence (tenue à Bruxelles en juin 2002) organisée sous les auspices de La commission pour l'éthique des sciences et des techniques (spécialement de la bioéthique) de la FISP); Socrate pour tous/Socrates for Everybody. Enseigner la philosophie aux non-philosophes/Teaching Philosophy to Non-Philosophers (Paris, Vrin: 2003: actes (proceedings) du colloque de Copenhague de la FISP (of the Copenhagen FISP colloquium)); The Idea of Values (Charlottesville, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2003); and A Short History of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) (Ankara: 2003), by Honorary President Evandro Agazzi.

The following four of these publications can be obtained from Prof. Ioanna Kucuradi, who can be contacted at: :

AGAZZI, Evandro - KUÇURADI, Ioanna (eds), Philosophy and Cultural Development, 1993

Development given as the main objective to national and international policies in the fifties, but understood merely as e c o n o m i c development -  and what is more, as unlimited industrial production in so-called developed countries and as increase of the per capita income and industrialization in the developing ones-, not only failed to fulfill the relevant expectations, but also created its own undesirable facts: some of the global problems which the world community had to tackle in the past few decades and which still occupy its agenda.

In the face of these problems the idea of “cultural development” was brought as an additional objective for these policies.

The reason of attempting a philosophical scrutiny of the idea of “cultural development” is the part that this “development” seems to play in the creation of some other “undesirable” facts of the present-day world -a part apparently due to the ambiguity in the understanding of this idea, which leads to incompatible orientations and practices. This volume is an expression of the wish to contribute to an early diagnosis of the role that this ambiguity just now plays, so that “cultural development” does not share the fate of the idea of (economic) development. -- $15 (US) + postage

KUÇURADI, Ioanna (ed.), The Idea of Development. Between its Past and its Future, 1993

Ideas play a more crucial role in history than they appear to do at first sight. If not sufficiently scrutinized, they sometimes lead to results far divergent from the initial intentions of those who put them forth as lines of orientation for practice. This seems to be also the case with the idea of ‘development’, which has marked social and political practice in the second half of the Twentieth Century.  

In this volume philosophers from different parts of world discuss, and attempt to evaluate, from epistemological and ethical points of view, the idea of development, as the principal objective of national and international policies during the past few decades. -- $10 (US) + postage (very few copies remaining)

KUÇURADI, Ioanna (ed.), The Idea and the Documents of Human Rights, 1995

The most significant achievement of the Twentieth Century is, probably, the importance ascribed  to  the idea of  human rights and perhaps the most significant endeavour of the world community in the second half of the Twentieth Century is its attempt to codify these ethical demands in declarations, covenants, charters and similar instruments expected to have global validity. Yet besides the unscrupulous murder, torture and social injustice, which continue to prevail in our world, recently we also see gaining ground tendencies to promote demands unnoticeably undermining the efforts to protect human rights. What are our shortcomings?

The present volume is an attempt to bring into focus one of these shortcomings: the lack of clear knowledge of what human rights are, which seems to be the origin of various discrepancies within and between international human rights instruments - discrepancies that in many countries often block the way of those who work for the protection of human rights. -- $10 (US) + postage


EVANS, David- KUÇURADI, Ioanna (eds), Teaching Philosophy on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century, 1998

This volume, a joint publication of FISP and the Philosophical Society of Turkey, conveys a genuinely global perspective on the issues which philosophers contemplate as they reflect on the practice and theory of teaching philosophy. The essays focus mainly on the following four themes: Philosophy and the values of democracy; Teaching philosophy to other disciplines; Who should teach philosophy? and The place of philosophy in the wider curriculum. -- $15 (US) + postage


The FISP Archives, containing documentation of the past activities of the Federation, are kept at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Düsseldorf (Germany).