NEWSLETTER/BULLETIN SPRING/SUMMER 2017

This Newsletter consists of the April 2017 Bahia Declaration in Favor of Philosophy, an In Memoriam for Prof. George McLean, and News from Member Societies, followed by Minutes of the FISP Steering Committee meeting in Buenos Aires.

Declaración de Salvador en favor de la Filosofía (ABRIL 2017)

Salvador – Bahía – Brasil
20 de abril de 2017
Las personas representantes de asociaciones nacionales e internacionales de filosofía de trece países iberoamericanos, reunidas en el I Encuentro de la Red Iberoamericana de Filosofía, celebrado los días 19 y 20 de abril de 2017 en la Universidad Federal de Bahia (UFBA), acordamos hacer pública la presente Declaración:
1. La Filosofía, como ejercicio libre del pensamiento, como reflexión crítica sobre los principios que rigen nuestras acciones y como diálogo racional entre diferentes puntos de vista, es una parte consustancial de todas las civilizaciones. Las grandes tradiciones filosóficas de Oriente y de Occidente, del Norte y del Sur, son un patrimonio vivo de toda la humanidad, a través del cual pueden comunicarse todos los pueblos de la Tierra. La UNESCO reconoce a la Filosofía un papel fundamental en la formación cívica y cultural de los ciudadanos y ciudadanas de todo el mundo. En 1995 hizo pública la Declaración de París en favor de la Filosofía y editó el informe Filosofía y democracia en el mundo; en 2005 estableció el tercer jueves de noviembre como Día Mundial de la Filosofía; en 2007 editó el informe La Filosofía, una escuela de libertad; y en 2009 publicó la Declaración de Santo Domingo sobre la enseñanza de la Filosofía en América Latina y El Caribe. 
2. La Filosofía es una “escuela de libertad” porque educa a las niñas, niños y jóvenes como ciudadanos libres, capacitados para intervenir con autonomía en la vida pública de su comunidad, al proporcionarles cuatro tipos de formación: el uso riguroso del lenguaje y la comprensión de todo tipo de conceptos y problemas, lo que les ayuda a mejorar sus capacidades de razonamiento y comunicación; la conexión interdisciplinar entre los distintos saberes científicos, humanísticos y artísticos, necesaria para afrontar la complejidad del mundo contemporáneo; el conocimiento histórico de los grandes sistemas de pensamiento y de las diversas tradiciones culturales que siguen vivas hoy en las distintas comunidades humanas; y, por último, la conjunción entre el conocimiento, la moral y la sensibilidad, imprescindible para lograr un desarrollo personal pleno y equilibrado. 
3. La Filosofía es también una “escuela para la paz” porque contribuye a la formación de personas autónomas, reflexivas, capaces de reconocer la valía de la diversidad cultural, respetar el derecho a las diferencias y aprender de ellas para formar consensos plurales e incluyentes que contribuyan a la concordia entre personas, pueblos y naciones. No puede haber democracia allí donde se violan los derechos humanos e imperan la violencia, la intolerancia, la injusticia social y la desigualdad entre diferentes categorías de personas. La Filosofía educa para la paz porque ayuda a fomentar el diálogo, la tolerancia, el respeto, la convivencia pacífica, el reconocimiento de las diferencias y el primado de la justicia.  
4. La Filosofía puede practicarse en diferentes lugares y por diferentes medios: la docencia, la investigación, el asesoramiento ético, la defensa de los derechos humanos, la mediación social, la gestión intercultural, los clubes culturales, la prensa, la creación artística y literaria, etc. No obstante, y en consonancia con las recomendaciones de la UNESCO, los estudios de Filosofía deben tener un lugar específico y diferenciado en el sistema educativo, porque solo de ese modo se garantiza su transmisión generacional y su renovación permanente, y porque toda persona tiene “derecho a la Filosofía”, es decir, derecho a recibir una formación básica que le permita acceder al rico patrimonio del pensamiento filosófico y, en caso de que lo desee, adquirir también los conocimientos especializados necesarios para el ejercicio de la profesión y vocación filosóficas. 
5. No puede haber una auténtica democracia si la ciudadanía no es educada para pensar de manera libre y autónoma. Por eso, una sociedad democrática debe contar, entre otros requisitos imprescindibles, con un sistema público de educación que cubra todas las etapas formativas (infantil, primaria, secundaria y universitaria), que proporcione una formación de calidad, que sea accesible a todas las personas sin discriminación alguna por razón de sexo, nacionalidad, clase social, ideología, lengua, religión, etc., y que conceda la debida importancia a los estudios de Filosofía, denominada explícitamente como tal y enseñada por filósofos profesionales, desde la infancia hasta la educación superior. Para ello, es necesario contar con centros superiores de formación docente del profesorado. 
6. También es necesario contar con un sistema público de investigación integrado por universidades y centros de investigación; dotado de recursos suficientes en todos los ámbitos: científicos, humanísticos y artísticos; basado en el mérito, la creatividad y la responsabilidad social de los investigadores; y que conceda la debida relevancia a la investigación y difusión del pensamiento filosófico. 
7. Más allá del ámbito académico, es necesario crear espacios, tanto físicos como virtuales, con el fin de posibilitar el acceso de la ciudadanía a la reflexión crítica y al debate público, y, con ello, al ejercicio de las prácticas democráticas. 
8. Rechazamos los drásticos recortes presupuestarios que muchos gobiernos de los países iberoamericanos están aplicando en los últimos años al sistema educativo, a las universidades, a los centros de investigación y a la cultura. Rechazamos igualmente las reformas legislativas encaminadas a eliminar o reducir los estudios filosóficos y humanísticos. Denunciamos a los gobiernos que subordinan los derechos humanos de toda la ciudadanía a los intereses de los grandes poderes económicos, y que pretenden imponer en las políticas públicas una concepción mercantilista y tecnocrática del conocimiento y de la educación. 
9. La Filosofía es un bien común de la humanidad porque tiene un alcance universal, pero también porque expresa la diversidad de nuestras experiencias histórico-culturales y de las lenguas en las cuales pensamos. Por eso, defendemos el cultivo y la difusión de la Filosofía en las lenguas española y portuguesa, en las demás lenguas hispánicas y en las de los pueblos originarios, no solo como un derecho de los pueblos iberoamericanos
a expresarse en sus lenguas maternas, sino también como una contribución al patrimonio cultural de la humanidad. 
10. Las asociaciones filosóficas firmantes de la presente Declaración nos comprometemos a trabajar de manera coordinada en favor de la Filosofía. Y, para ello, acordamos crear la Red Iberoamericana de Filosofía, con un triple objetivo: defender en todo el ámbito territorial iberoamericano la presencia de los estudios de Filosofía en el sistema educativo; cooperar en la organización de los Congresos Iberoamericanos e Interamericanos de Filosofía; y promover en todo el mundo la creación y difusión del pensamiento filosófico en español, en portugués y en las demás lenguas minoritarias del ámbito cultural iberoamericano. 
Firman la presente Declaración:
Manuel Berrón (AFRA, Argentina), Eduardo Nievas (SAPFI, Argentina), Adriano Correia (ANPOF, Brasil), João Carlos Salles (SIF, Brasil), Vicente Serrano (ACHIF, Chile), Carlos G. Patarroyo (SCF, Colombia), Maximiliano Prada (SCF y RNPF, Colombia), Luis Camacho (ACOFI, Costa Rica), Antonio Campillo (REF, España), María José Guerra (REF, España), Concha Roldán (ASIF-EIAF-Instituto de Filosofía del CSIC, España), Ángelo A. Moreno (ACAFI, Honduras), Ambrosio Velasco (AFM, México), José de Lira (AFM, México), Gabriel Vargas (OFM, México), Abdiel Rodríguez (ACAFI, Panamá), João M. Cardoso (SPF, Portugal), Julio Minaya (ADOFIL, República Dominicana), Leonardo Díaz (UASD, República Dominicana), Carlos E. Caorsi (SFU, Uruguay) y Corina Yoris (SVF, Venezuela)

In memoriam George F. McLean (1929-2016)

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, and Director of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Fr. George F. McLean, omi, died, after a period of declining health, on September 6, 2016 in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 87. He was a member of the Steering Committee of FISP from 1978 to 1988.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on June 29, 1929, McLean entered religious life with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in September 1948, with a view of becoming a missionary in northern Canada. In 1949, he was sent to the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy (1949-1956), where he obtained bachelors degrees in philosophy and theology and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in Italy in 1955.  McLean returned to the United States to study at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he received his doctorate in Philosophy in 1958, with a thesis on the Lutheran philosopher and theologian, Paul Tillich.

For almost 40 years, from 1956 until 1993, McLean taught at the Oblate College and at the Catholic University in Washington, DC, and he continued to live in Washington until 2010. Yet most of his academic career was spent engaging philosophers from around the globe.

From early in his academic career, McLean was drawn into organising workshops, conferences, and philosophical societies. In 1965, he was elected Secretary Treasurer of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, serving in that role until 1980. One of his singular initiatives in this position was to establish a ‘chronicle’ of philosophical events happening around the world – a way of providing some visibility to philosophers who were on the philosophical periphery. In 1968, he attended the XIV World Congress of Philosophy in Vienna. There began his involvement with FISP and, at the next World Congress in Bulgaria (1973), with two FISP societies: the International Society for Metaphysics (ISM) and the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies.

One of McLean’s early efforts at engaging philosophers outside the West occurred in 1969. During his first sabbatical, McLean travelled to India where, at the Radhakrishnan Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Madras, he studied the Hindu classics with T.M.P. Mahadevan, and where he began a life-long collaboration with R. Balasubramanian. Soon afterwards, in the early 1970s, McLean began to work with philosophers in Latin America, participating in a series of colloquia held there on ethical education. Within a few years, he had visited or lectured in virtually all the countries of Central and South America.

During his second sabbatical, in 1977, McLean returned to India, but later made visits to Poland, the Soviet Union, and Romania, where he participated in the organisation of conferences and workshops in association with the academy of sciences of several counties of Central and Eastern Europe.

In 1983, McLean founded the Council for Research and Values in Philosophy (CRVP), as an extension of the work of the ISM and of the World Union. He continued as its Director until his death. The objectives of the CRVP were to break through ideologies in order to engage issues of deep human concern, and to bridge philosophical traditions and cultures. The CRVP, made up of philosophers and social scientists from around the world, included figures such as H.D. Lewis, H-G. Gadamer, P. Ricoeur, J. Ladriere, V. Cauchy, Tomonobu Imamichi, Tang Yijie, Yu Wujin, R. Balasubramanian, Gholam-Reza A'avani, W. McBride, C. Taylor, T. Malik, Tu Weiming, and Enrique Dussel, to name but a few. The work of the CRVP involved not only the organisation of workshops and conferences annually throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia (as well as an annual 8-week seminar, held in Washington), but the publication of volumes of selected proceedings, which were distributed gratis to over 300 university libraries around the world. This work continues until the present day.

McLean was among the few American philosophers to establish robust scholarly collaborations with philosophers during the later Soviet era in Eastern Europe, and was also among the first to work with philosophers in the post-Soviet republics. In 1986, he began negotiations that led to the holding of annual conferences and workshops in China, initially in partnership with academies of social sciences in Beijing and Shanghai. In the late 1980s, despite political animosities between Iran and the US, McLean was, again, among the first Americans to establish academic contact with Iranian philosophers and, perhaps, the first Christian ever to lecture in the holy city of Qom. As his interest in the Islamic world grew, in 1991 and 1992 McLean went to Cairo to study the Islamic philosophical classics in order to better engage philosophers from the Muslim world.

Throughout, McLean was a prolific author. While much time was spent writing Introductions for – but also copyediting and proofreading – literally hundreds of collections of scholarly essays, he also was the sole author of some 15 books, ranging from studies of civil society, research on cultures and values, and volumes on the cooperation and dialogue among cultures, to works on the relation of faith and reason.

Self-effacing yet determined, for more than 50 years McLean traveled the globe, seeking ways to enable philosophers from countries ‘on the periphery’ to develop their own work for an international audience – and, more broadly, to ‘democratise’ philosophy. His activity frequently brought out the best in others. Though he did not seek the limelight, the importance of his work did not go unnoticed internationally. He was the recipient of some 10 festschrifts from Taiwan, China, Russia, Central Europe, Thailand, Vietnam, Iran, Lebanon, and Canada (though not the United States); of ‘honorary professorships’ from several Chinese universities; at least one honorary doctorate (from Kazakhstan); and, in 2013, on behalf of the CRVP, of the Global Dialogue Prize, awarded on the Opening Day of the World Congress of Philosophy in Athens.

Whether on the road or in Washington – or in his later years, in Tewksbury – and usually accompanied by his assistant and close friend, Dr Hu Yeping, McLean was always planning, thinking, organising, trying to find ways of helping philosophers in the regions to work together and to bring their research to light. In the last weeks of his life, McLean was collaborating, with Charles Taylor, Jose Casanova, Indra Nath Choudhury, and Peter Jonkers, among several others, to prepare conferences and workshops on ‘Relearning to be Human for Global Times,’ to culminate with the World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing.

At the end of every meeting, colloquium, or gathering, McLean invited scholars to ask themselves, “Where do we go from here?” McLean’s work will continue after his death, supported by the McLean Center for the Study of Culture and Values, in Washington, DC, to be inaugurated in November 2017.

WILLIAM SWEET

NEWS FROM MEMBER SOCIETIES

NATIONAL SOCIETIES

PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OF TURKEY/ TÜRKİYE FELSEFE KURUMU

(President: Ioanna Kuçuradi, Vice President: Betül Çotuksöken, Secretary General: Gülriz Uygur, Accountant: Harun Tepe, Member: Hülya Şimga)


Activities from May 2015 to April 2017

At the national level:

● The 2015 Istanbul Seminar of the Society was held on 19 and 20 November, hosted by the Department of Philosophy of Maltepe University. The general theme of the seminar was “Sections of Philosophy in Turkey: In memoriam of those who passed away”. After the inaugural addresses by the Rector of Maltepe University, Prof. Dr. Şahin Karasar, the President of the Philosophy Department, Assoc. Prof. Ahu Tuncel and the President of the Society, Prof. Ioanna Kuçuradi, papers were presented by Mustafa Günay (on Arslan Kaynardağ), Kasım Küçükalp (on Ahmet Cevizci), Betül Çotuksöken (on Takiyettin Mengüşoğlu and Nermi Uygur), Sinan Özbek(on Uluğ Nutku), İsmail Demirdöven (on Güven Kızıltan), Tuğrul Özkaracalar (on Zeynep Davran), Yaman Örs (on Nusret Hızır), Zekiye Kutlusoy (on Cemal Yıldırım), Semiha Akıncı (on Harun Rızatepe and Suvar Köseraif), Işık Özgündoğdu Eren (on Füsun Akatlı), Selda Öndül (on Sevda Şener), Cemal Güzel (on Bilge Karasu), Candan Dizdar Terviel (on Sıtkı Erinç), Gürol Irzık (on Arda Denkel), Güncel Önkal (on Hilmi Ziya Ülken and Suat Sinanoğlu), İrem Çağlar Gürgey (on Adnan Güriz) and Erkut Sezgin (on Vehbi Hacıkadiroğlu). The paper of Doğan Özlem (on Macit Gökberk), who was unable to participate in the meeting at the last moment, was presented by Mustafa Günay. Betül Çotuksöken, Tüten Anğ, Hülya Şimga, Hülya Yetişken, Saffet Babür and Yasemin Işıktaç chaired the session.


● The 2016 Istanbul Seminar of the Society was held on 2 and 3 December, hosted by the Department of Philosophy of Yeditepe University. As the year 2016 was dedicated to Aristotle, the theme of Seminar was “Looking at Aristotle with Today’s Eyes”. The inaugural speeches of the Seminar were made by Saffet Babür, President of the Philosophy Department of Yeditepe University and by Ioanna Kuçuradi, President of the Society. Papers presented Abdullah Kaygı (“Do We Understand Aristotle?”), Levent Kavas (“Lonely, Alone, Without Identity”), Muttalip Özcan (“Aristotle’s Classification of Sciences and His Approach to Science”), Bergen Coşkun (“Looking at Aristotle form Today’s Perspective”), Jale Erzen (“Aristotle’s Aesthetics”), Sara Çelik (“Aristotle’s Views on Beauty and Art and Their Reflection on Today’s Philosophy”), Lale Levin Basut (“Phantasia: What is not?”), Ken Westphal (“Kant, Aristotle and Our Fidelity to Reason”), Melike Durmaz (“The Natural Foundation of Polis in Aristotle”), Egemen Kuşçu (“Analytical Philosophy’s Return to Aristotle: Contemporary Problems, Aristotelian Solutions”), Hatice Nur Erkızan (“The Human Being in Aristotle and Nussbaum: On the Criticism of Kinetic Existence”), Harry Platanakis (“Neo-Aristotelian Democracy”), Gözde Mocan (“To Perceive in Common as an Issue of Prote Philosophia: Agamben’s Interpretation of Friendship”) and Berfin Kart (“Virtue Ethics or a New Virtue Ethics? How New is the New Virtue Ethics?”). Betül Çotuksöken, İsmail Demirdöven, Harun Tepe and Hülya Şimga chaired the sessions.

● The fifth meeting of the series on “Philosophical Itinerary in Anatolia” was organized on 6 November 2015, in collaboration with the Mustafa Koç Centre for Research and Application of Underwater Archeology, based in Urla, the old Klazomenai. The theme of the meeting was “Anaxagoras: A Philosopher from Klazomenai”. The inaugural speeches were delivered by Prof. Hayat Erkanal, Director of this Centre, Ioanna Kuçuradi, President of the Philosophical Society of Turkey, Mustafa Tunçağ, member of the City Counsil and Mr. Murat Sefa Demiryürek, Governor of Urla.

● During the first session of the meeting, held under the heading “The Cultural Heritage of Anatolia and Klazomenai”, Yaşar Ersoy presented a paper titled “Ionian Civilization during the Archaic and Classical Periods and Klozamenai (7-4 Century BC)”, Yusuf Örnek presented a paper titled “Care for Unearned Income: The Instrumentalization of the Cultural Heritage of Anatolia”; during the second session, under the heading “Anaxagoras’ Philosophical and Scientific Achievements”, Serdar Evren presented a paper on “Anaxagoras’ Way of Looking at Nature”, Yavuz Kılıç on “Reflections on the Togetherness of Everything”, Geofrey Bove on “Anaxagoras and the Ephesian Artemis: Symbol and Structure in Plato’s Republic”; and in the third session under the title “The Heritage of Anaxagoras”, Muttalip Özcan presented a paper on “Anaxagoras in Philosophy, Art and Politics”, Levent Kavas one on “What Didn’t Like Socrates in Anaxagoras?” and Süreyya Berfe another one on “How Can We Keep Alive Anaxagoras’ Hertiage?” In the evaluation session of the meeting, chaired by Harun Tepe, took part Yaşar Ersoy, Çetin Türkyılmaz and Mustafa Günay. Hayat Erkanal, Saffet Babür and Kadir Çüçen chaired the sessions.

A visit of the archeological sites of Klozamenai, on 7 November 2015 followed the meeting.

At the international level:

● Our Society hosted the 2016 Entretiens of the International Institute of Philosophy (IIP), in collaboration with Maltepe University (Istanbul), the Mayor of Kadıköy, the Marmara Educational Foundation and the Kuçuradi Foundation for Philosophy and Human Rights. The academic and administrative meetings of the IIP were held on 4-11 September 2016. The theme of the Conference was “Value, Values and Meaning”.
Inaugural speeches were delivered by the Director of the Marmara Educational Foundation Ms Melike Oğuzhan, the Mayor of Kadıköy Mr Aykurt Nuhoğlu, the Vice-Rector of Maltepe University Prof. Betül Çotuksöken, the Minister of National Education and Scientific Research, Prof. Mircea Dumitru, member of the IIP (who spoke on “The End of Humanities? Why Do We Still Need Humanistic Education in Universities?”) and the Secretary General of the IIP, Prof. Bernard Bourgeois. The president of IIP Ioanna Kuçuradi delivered the introducing paper to the theme of the conference.

In the first session of the Entretiens titled “Beyond Postmodernism: The Relativism-Absolutism Debate Revisited”, chaired by Thomas Calvo-Martinez, Athanasia Glycofrydi-Leontsini presented a paper on “Relative and Absolute Values in the Postmodern World of Art”. Herta Nagl-Docekal’s paper on “Do We Have to Draw a Sharp Distinction between Ethical Common Sense and Supererogatory Deeds?” was read by Muttalip Özcan, because Ms Nagl-Docekal was unable to participate in the meeting at the last moment. In the second session under the heading “The Phenomenology of Evaluation as a Human Cognitive Activity”, chaired by Hoda El Khouly, Evandro Agazzi presented a paper on “The Cognitive Status of Value Judgments” and Hans Lenk on “Values as Interpretative Constructs”. In the third session titled “Values, Value Judgments and Their Background”, chaired by Hülya Şimga, Tanella Boni presented a paper on “Par-delà l’égalité et la difference, qu’est-ce qui fait l’humain?” and Güncel Önkal a paper on “An Analysis for the Maintenance of Culture/Civilization Dilemma through Social Epistemology”. In the fourth session on “The Role of Ethical Values and the Role of Moral Norms in Inter-Human Relations”, chaired by Jure Zovko, Abdusalam Guseynov presented a paper on “The Conception of Responsibility in the Moral Philosophy of Mikhail Bakhtin”, Betül Çotuksöken a paper on “The Human Being between Norms and Ethical Values”, and Daniel Vanderveken together with Candida de Sousa Melo read a paper on “Illocutionary Acts in Ethics and Religion”. In the fifth session dedicated to “Philosophy in Turkey” and chaired by Zerrin Tandoğan, Harun Tepe presented the work done in Turkey in “Philosophy of Values and Ethics”, Yusuf Örnek the work done “Philosophical Anthropology”, Zekiye Kutlusoy the work on “Logic and Philosophy of Science” and Gülriz Uygur the work done in the “Philosophy of Law”. In the sixth session titled “Philosophy Facing Questions of Value and Meaning in the 21st Century, Peter Kemp spoke on “Cosmopolitanism in the 21st Century” and Nam-in Lee spoke on “Instict and Value”. In the closing session of the Entretiens, Bernard Bourgeois presented a paper on “Unité du sens et pluralité des valeurs”. Ioanna Kuçuradi expressed the thanks of the Philosophical Society of Turkey and of the other sponsoring institutions to the participants and closed the Conference.

● The 2015 World Day of Philosophy was celebrated on 19 and 20 November, at Maltepe University in connection with the Fall Seminar of our Society and the 2016 World Day was celebrated within the framework of the 2016 Istanbul Book Exhibition (TÜYAP), whose theme was “Philosophy and the Human Being” and “writer of honor” Ioanna Kuçuradi, President of our Society.


● During this period the Society organized the 20th and 21th National Philosophy Olympiads on 6 December 2015 and on 4 December 2016. Two winners of these Olympiads each year participated in the International Philosophy Olympiads, accompanied by the President of the Section “Philosophy for Children”, Ms Nuran Direk and one teacher of Philosophy.

● The section on Philosophy of Law of our Society, in collaboration with other institutions carried out the following activities: a) A summer school between 29 June-13 July 2015 in collaboration with Koç University, aiming at strengthening the Philosophy of Law in the program of Law Faculties and b) a summer school on Human Rights on 8-12 August 2016, in cooperation with Wallenberg Institute.

● Our Society took active part in the Istanbul Book Exhibition (TÜYAP), organized between 12-20 November 2016. For the first time in its history this Exhibition selected as theme of the year Philosophy, and as “writer of honor” a philosopher. Our Society organized the following 12 sessions during this exhibition: 1) “The Human Being in the Light of Philosophy”, with the participation of Meriç Bilgiç, Betül Çotuksöken, Sara Çelik, Yusuf Örnek and Muttalip Özcan. 2) “Law in the Light Philosophy” with the participation of Irem Çağlar Gürgey, Gökçe Çataloluk and Gülriz Uygur. 3) “Literature and Art in the Light of Philosophy” with the participation of Ismail Demirdöven, Abdullah Kaygı, Yüksel Pazarkaya, Hülya Şimga and Halil Turan. 4) “Human Rights in the Light of Philosophy” with the participation of Berfin Kart, Ioanna Kuçuradi, Ahmet Özalp and Musa Toprak. 5) “Contemporary Problems in the Light of Philosophy” with the participation of Yavuz Adugit, Kurtul Gülenç, Mesut Keskin, Nebil Reyhani and Harun Tepe.

The section of Philosophy for Children of the Society organized the following six workshops: 1) A workshop on “Thinking on Discrimination” for preschool education, moderated by Gülşen Öz; 2) a workshop on “Critical Reading and Thinking on Samet Behrengi’s Little Black Fish”, moderated by Ergün Kucab and Fatih Debbağ, 3) a workshop on “Critical Reading and Thinking on Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince and Plato’s Lysis”, 4) A workshop titled “I am a Human Being, Education is my Right” with the participation of primary education pupils, on texts selected from Cengiz Aytmatov’s “The First Teacher”, 5) A workshop on “The Right to Philosophize” for high-school pupils, moderated by Salim Şirin and Sevil Kuvan, 6) A round-table on “Philosophy Olympiads” with Suna Küçükyan, Yıldız Aybars and Gülfer Birsin and 7) A talk by Gülşen Öz on “Philosophizing with Young People and Preparing Students for the Philosophy Olympiads”.

Ioanna Kuçuradi took part in a dialogue with Faruk Şüyun who prepared a book, titled Ioanna Kuçuradi after the Human Being and its Values with Obstinacy and Hope, on the occasion of this book exhibition.

● Our Society, in collaboration with the Society of Social Workers of Turkey, carried out, and just completed, a project on “Facing Corruption and Other Ethical Problems in Social Services and Ways to Prevent them Through Ethical Capacity-building”, supported by the European Union. This 15 month project, consists of a) a research aiming to highlight, and prepare a report on examples of, corruption and other ethical problems in social services, b) the training of 60 social workers and c) the revision of the Professional Code for Social Workers.

● The Society organized a course on Kant for non-philosophers.

● During this term the Society published, or made new editions of, the following books:

1) İoanna Kuçuradi, Etik (Ethics), sixth edition, 2015.

2) Immanuel Kant, Prolegomena, fifth edition, 2015.

3) Immanuel Kant, Ahlak Metafiziğinin Temellendirilmesi/Grundlegung zur Metaphsik der Sitten, sixth edition, 2015.

4) Martin Heidegger, Metafizik Nedir?/Was ist Methaphysik?, fourth edition, 2015.

5) Harun Tepe, Etik ve Meslek Etikleri (Ethics and Professional Ethics), third edition, 2015.

6) A. Kadir Çüçen-Harun Tepe (eds), Miletli Filozoflar: Thales, Anaksimandros ve Anaksimenes (Milesian Philosophers: Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes), 2015.

7) Immanuel Kant, Pratik Aklın Eleştirisi/Kritik der praktischen Vernunft, sixth edition, 2016.

8) İoanna Kuçuradi, Çağın Olayları Arasında (Among the Events of our Times), fifth edition, 2016.

9) İoanna Kuçuradi, Sanata Felsefeyle Bakmak (Looking at Art from a Philosophical View-point), sixth edition, 2016.

10) İoanna Kuçuradi, Nietzsche ve İnsan (Nietzsche’s Conception of Man), sixth edition, 2016.

11) İoanna Kuçuradi, İnsan Hakları: Kavramları ve Sorunları (Human Rights: Concepts and Problems), third edition, 2016.

12) İoanna Kuçuradi, İnsan ve Değerleri (Man and His Values), sixth edition, 2016.

13) İoanna Kuçuradi (ed.), İnsan Haklarının Felsefî Temelleri (Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights), fourth edition, 2016.

14) Gülriz Uygur, Hukukta Adaletsizliği Görmek (Discovering Injustice in Law), second edition, 2016.

VENEZUELA

Sociedad Venezolana de Filosofía

Ante las reiteradas violaciones a la constitución de la Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela perpetradas por el régimen de Nicolás Maduro, las cuales han generado un estado generalizado de ingobernabilidad que ha deslegitimado prácticamente todos los actos de gobierno, la Sociedad Venezolana de Filosofía fija posición en torno a los últimos acontecimientos, especialmente en atención a la realización de la llamada Asamblea Nacional Constituyente.

En la actualidad, Venezuela atraviesa la peor crisis de toda su historia republicana. La respuesta oficial del gobierno nacional a esta crisis se ha fundamentado de forma errada en un aumento exponencial de la represión y la persecución hacia el liderazgo opositor y hacia un pueblo que reclama atención en materia de salud, alimentación, seguridad, empleo y libertad. Esa respuesta irracional del régimen ha generado una delicada situación que coloca al país en el escenario de “Guerra sucia”, al estilo de las peores dictaduras latinoamericanas del Cono Sur durante las décadas setenta y ochenta del siglo pasado.

Frente a la progresiva y acelerada deslegitimación del régimen, Nicolás Maduro convoca una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, que confronta la legalidad vigente expresada en la Constitución de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. Esa Asamblea Nacional Constituyente resulta inconstitucional, en tanto se transgrede principios fundamentales de nuestra Carta Magna, así como principios elementales de la democracia como forma de gobierno.

En este sentido, la Sociedad Venezolana de Filosofía fija posición sobre la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, la cual se rechaza enérgicamente en tanto viola de manera flagrante nuestra Constitución vigente y, al mismo tiempo, se exhorta al régimen de Nicolás Maduro a desistir de esta propuesta que sumergirá al país en un estado de desequilibrio político, social e institucional de consecuencias impredecibles para la nación. Frente a este escenario de caos y anarquía que vive el país, insistimos que la propuesta de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente sea retirada inmediatamente por parte de diversos sectores oficialistas, encabezados por el Presidente Nicolás Maduro, con el propósito de frenar la situación de conflicto generalizado y, finalmente, producir un Gran Diálogo Nacional que incluya a todos los sectores y fuerzas vivas de nuestra República, que nos permita sortear de la mejor manera posible la terrible situación actual. Esperando que en toda la dirigencia política prive la cordura y la racionalidad, nos despedimos reiterando un llamado urgente a establecer la paz en todo el territorio nacional.  

Por la Junta Directiva de la SVF

  Corina Yoris-V                      Miguel Albujas Dorta

C.I. N° 3230281                    C.I.N°5307162
Presidenta SVF                    Vicepresidente SVF

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETIES

Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP)

Inauguration of McLean center:

Washington, D.C., November 13, 2017

McLean Center for the Study of Culture and Values (MCSCV) will be officially inaugurated on November 13, 2017, Washington, D.C.

George F. McLean, OMI, Founder of The International Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) and The CUA Center for the Study of Culture and Values (CSCV).

For more information visit: http://www.crvp.org/McLean/McLean.html

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Meeting of the Steering Committee

 

Buenos Aires, March 13-14, 2017

  

MINUTES

 

These minutes are not and will not be official until formally approved by the Steering Committee of FISP. We are including them here for the benefit of our member societies, with the reservation that they are tentative and could be altered.

 

Ce procès-verbal ne sera pas officiel avant d’être approuvé par le Comité Directeur lors de la prochaine réunion de ce dernier. Il est diffusé sous cette réserve et reste susceptible d’être modifié.

 

 

PRÉSENTS / PRESENTS:

 

BUREAU DE LA FISP / FISP BOARD

Dermot Moran                                                  Président / President

Ken-ichi Sasaki                                                 Vice-Président / Vice-President

Lourdes Velázquez                                            Vice-Présidente / Vice-President

Luca Maria Scarantino                                       Secrétaire General / Secretary-general

Gerhard Seel                                                    Trésorier / Treasurer

William L. McBride                                             Ancien Président / Past President

 

COMITÉ DIRECTEUR / STEERING COMMITTEE

Noriko Hashimoto

Wolfgang Kaltenbacher

Vassilis Karasmanis

Mislav Kukoc

Ernest Lepore

César Lorenzano

Pham Van Duc

Riccardo Pozzo

Mogobe Ramose

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff

David Schrader

William Sweet

Sigridur Thorgeirsdóttir

Tu Weiming

Gabriel Vargas Lozano

Stelios Virvidakis

 

 

PRÉSIDENT HONORAIRE / HONORARY PRESIDENT

Evandro Agazzi                                                   Président Honoraire / Hon. President, 1988-1993

Peter Kemp                                                        Président Honoraire / Hon. President, 2003-2008

 

SECRÉTARIAT / SECRETARIAT

Emiliya Ivanova                                                 Secrétaire administrative / Administrative Secretary

 

PROCURATIONS DE VOTE / PROXIES

Joseph C.A. Agbakoba               to                     Sweet

Anat Biletzki                             to                     Thorgeirsdóttir

Tanella Boni                             to                      Ramose

Tomás Calvo-Martínez               to                      Scarantino

Betül Çotuksöken                      to                      Kukoc

Souleymane B. Diagne              to                      Scarantino

Marietta Stepanyants                to                      Kaltenbacher

 

EXCUSÈS / EXCUSED

Gholamreza Aavani                                           Membre du CD / CD Member

Günter Abel                                                     Membre du CD / CD Member

Oswaldo Chateaubriand                                    Membre du CD / CD Member

Marcelo Dascal                                                 Membre du CD / CD Member

Didier Deleule                                                  Membre du CD / CD Member

Enrique Dussel                                                 Membre du CD / CD Member

Thalía Fung Riverón Riverón                              Membre du CD / CD Member

Ivan Kaltchev                                                   Membre du CD / CD Member

Heisook Kim                                                     Membre du CD / CD Member

Wenchao Li                                                      Membre du CD / CD Member

Suwanna Satha-Anand                                      Membre du CD / CD Member

Xie Dikun                                                         Membre du CD / CD Member

Ioanna Kuçuradi                                               Présidente Honoraire / Hon. President, 1998-2003

 

OBSERVATEURS / OBSERVERS

Eleonora Orlando                                              Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico – SADAF

Pablo Pavesi                                                     Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas – CIF

Federico Penelas                                               Asociación Filosófica Argentina – AFRA

Veronica Tozzi                                                  Asociación Filosófica Argentina – AFRA

 

 

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                                      1. Opening of the meeting.

        The President of FISP, Prof. Moran, opened the meeting. He thanked the Argentinean hosts of the untref for the organisation of the cd meeting and the preparation of the joint conference “Becoming Human by Science and Art”. On behalf of FISP he expressed his special thanks to Prof. Lorenzano for inviting the CD to Buenos Aires and hosting its last general meeting before the WCP 2018.
        He also thanked all CD members present there and acquainted them with the agenda.
                                       2. Verification of proxies

         The Secretary-general, Prof. Luca Maria Scarantino, presented the list of proxies, and informed the CD that some colleagues had to cancel their participation at the very last moment.

         The updated list of the proxies, as noted above, was approved by the CD.

 

                                      3. Intervention of the representatives of member organizations of FISP

         Prof. Moran opened the floor for the intervention of the representatives of three member societies of FISP in Argentina, namely:

Asociación Filosófica Argentina (AFRA), represented by its President Prof. Verónica Tozzi and its Secretary Prof. Federico Penelas;

Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico (SADAF), represented by its President Prof. Eleonora Eva Orlando;

Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas (CIF), represented by its President Prof. Pablo E. Pavesi.

         They briefly introduced their societies to the CD members beginning with the history of their creation and continuing with the number of members, the societies’ main activities, annual meetings, edited journals and publications.

         The President of FISP, Prof. Moran, thanked the representatives of these societies and expressed his satisfaction at having witnessed how active the philosophical community of Argentina was. He invited them to take an active part in the WCP 2018 by organising society sessions, round tables or invited sessions. He explained the rules for organizing each of these events.

         “You can consider this meeting here as an official invitation to your societies, as well as to the entire philosophical community in Argentina to participate, by all possible manners, in the WCP in China”, added the Secretary-general, Prof. Scarantino. He recalled that these three societies of Argentina were very active at the WCP held in Athens (2013) and expressed his hope that they will do the same at the WCP in Beijing.

 

      

                                     4. Approval of the Minutes from the CD meeting in Abidjan (June 3-4, 2016)

         The Secretary-general recalled that the Minutes from Abidjan were circulated within the CD in February; he explained that he had received very minor requests of changes from the CD members, mainly of formal nature; these modifications were taken into account in the revised version of the Minutes, now submitted to the approval of the Steering Committee.

         Prof. Moran asked the CD members whether they had other particular remarks or corrections regarding the Minutes from Abidjan. He used the occasion to express, once again, his sincere thanks to the Vice-President, Prof. Tanella Boni, as well as to Professors Augustin Dibi and Thierry Ézoua, for having hosted the CD meeting in Abidjan; he underlined the wonderful organisation of the meeting, thanks also to the careful work realised by Séverin Yapo, as well as of the related conference “Politics of dignity” (“Politiques de la dignité”).

         No comments or objections being raised, the Minutes of the CD meeting held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on June 3-4, 2016 were approved unanimously.

 

 

                                5. Report of the President

         President Moran presented his report both in English and French.

         This is my fourth annual President’s Report. There is now less than one-and-half years before the 24th World Congress and the FISP General Assembly in Beijing in August 2018. I am delighted that we are able to assemle here in Buenos Aires. I want to thank our current hosts, especially our CD member, Professor César Lorenzano, for inviting us. I especially want to thank the local team in Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, especially Dr Gabriela Valente and Dr Verónica Tozzi, for their assistance and hospitality.

        The past year has once again been busy. Again, I thank the General Secretary Luca Scarantino, our new Treasurer Gerhard Seel, Past President, Bill McBride, and our three Vice-Presidents, as well as all the members of the CD for their advice and assistance.

        The main reason why this year was so busy for me was that, as President, I had to write personal letters of invitation to all the proposed plenary and symposia speakers and chairs, as well as to the proposed speakers and chairs for the Endowed Lectures, and to the proposed co-chairs of the 99 sections of contributed papers. This task and the ensuing correspondence took up practically my whole summer – from the conclusion of the CD meeting in Abidjan in June 2016 to the Programme Committee meeting in Beijing in September 2016. In total I wrote more than 400 email letters and in many cases I had to follow up with airmail hardcopies. I am pleased to say that most of those nominated accepted graciously. The greatest difficulty was tracking down the email addresses, especially for our Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Indian, and African colleagues, who are not as visible on the World Wide Web as some of our Western colleagues primarily because of reasons of language. No doubt this visibility will improve rapidly in the coming years. In the meantime, I had to draw on the assistance of colleagues so I would especially like to thank LiuZhe, Heisook Kim, Ken-ichi Sasaki, Marietta Stepaniants, and Mogobe Ramose for their assistance.

        24th IPO Meeting, Ghent, Belgium, 12-15 May 2016. The 24th Meeting of the IPO took place in Ghent, Belgium in May 2016 sponsored by the University of Ghent (Prof. Danny Praet, Pascal Vanhoecke, and their team), and supported by the philosophy departments of the universities of Antwerp (UA), Brussels (VUB), and the University of Liège. The opening ceremony at City Hall was presided over by the mayor of Ghent. Three members of the Executive of FISP attended: General Secretary Luca Maria Scarantino, Treasurer Gerhard Seel, and myself. The three of us were also the panel of judges (with the addition of Dr Shinji Kajitani, Tokyo University and Dr Florina Otet, Bucharest, Romania). There were 94 students in the competition, representing 44 countries. The theme was war and peace, and the event included visits to the memorial sites associated with the First World War. There were a number of special lectures: Professor Gerhard Seel delivered a lecture at Ghent University and Professor Scarantino gave a concluding lecture entitled “Violence and Intercultural Dialogue: A Philosophical Reflection”.

        The 25th International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) will take place in Rotterdam, 25-28 May 2017.

        Aristotle 2400 World Congress, Thessaloniki, Greece, 23-28 May 2016. As President of FISP, I attended the Aristotle World Congress in Thessaloniki, Greece, 23-28 May 2016, organized by Professor Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou, Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Aristotle Studies, and by Professor Periklis Mitkas, Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The conference was held under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopius Pavlopoulos and sponsored by FISP, as agreed at its CD meeting in Bangkok in March 2015. I participated in the opening ceremony, and I also gave a paper, entitled “Aristotle’s Conception of Ousia in the Medieval Christian Tradition: Some Neoplatonic Reflections”. It was a most impressive and memorable occasion with visits to Aristotle’s home town of Stageira and in ancient Mieza, the place where, according to ancient tradition, Aristotle taught Alexander the Great.

        It was wonderful to see so many friends of FISP including Professor Evangelos Moutsopoulos, Professor Myrto Dragona-Monachou, Professor Tomas Calvo, Herta and Ludwig Nagl, and many others.

        CD Meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 4-5 June 2016. Once again, on behalf of fisp, I want to thank fisp Vice-President, Professor Tanella Boni, and her colleague Professor Séverin Yapo, for the most hospitable reception in the Université Houphouët-Boigny d'Abidjan-Cocody, Abidjan. We had an excellent conference on the Politics of Dignity/Politiques de la dignité and even a visit to a local village presided over by a philosopher chief. We had a highly productive CD meeting. Over two days, we managed to decide all the names to be invited for the Plenaries, Symposia, Endowed Lectures. We also agreed two special lectures: A bi-centennial lecture on Karl Marx, to be delivered by FISP Past President Professor William McBride and a new endowed lecture, to be named the Simone de Beauvoir Lecture, which will be inaugurated in Beijing in 2018. I am happy to report that the Chinese Organising Committee have agreed to fund this lecture (travel and accommodation) and the invited speaker will be Judith Butler of the University of California, Berkeley.

        World Congress in Philosophy: The Philosophy of Aristotle, University of Athens, Athens, Greece 9-15 July 2016. As President of FISP, I attended the Aristotle Congress in Philosophy in Athens in July 2016 (http://www.wcp2016.gr/en/circular-program/ ) organized by Professor Konstantinos Boudouris, who was our host for the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy in Athens in 2013. Our Treasurer Gerhard Seel gave a memorable address on Aristotle’s conception of democracy in the ancient site of the Lyceum. Former cd member Myrto Dragona-Mentzou was also present.

        Meeting of the Programme Committee for the 24th World Congress of Philosophy, Beijing, China, 3-4 Sept 2016. The Third Meeting of the Programme Committee for the 24th World Congress of Philosophy took place in September 2016 in Peking University, generously hosted by Professors Wang Bo and LiuZhe. We were offered wonderful hospitality including a meal in a traditional restaurant, Bai Jia Da Yuan, or the Grand Courtyard of the Family Bai, on our first night. After exhaustive discussions, the committee finalized the Co-Chairs of the 99 Sections of Contributed Papers. We also decided to include a special session on the history of FISP. Two new endowed lectures were discussed – the Wang Yang Ming lecture and the Simone de Beauvoir lecture. Simone de Beauvoir visited China with Jean-Paul Sartre on an academic trip, so that there is a historical connection with China; and he strongly supported the possibility of a Chinese funding for this Lecture. In addition, another special session has been added to the Programme of the WCP 2018: a Public Lecture to be delivered by Jürgen Habermas and chaired by Abdusalam Guseinov (Russia), sponsored by the Chinese Organising Committee. Finally, following a proposal from the Honorary President of FISP, Prof. Agazzi, a special session concerning the 70th anniversary of FISP will be held during the Congress; this session will highlight the history of FISP. A tentative date for the General Assembly of FISP was agreed for Thursday, August 16, 2018. We had a very helpful presentation from members of the Peking University conference bureau.

        An Executive Committee was also elected according to the Statutes of FISP. Prof. Wang Bo and Prof. Xie Dikun were elected as the local members of the Executive Committee, along with President, Prof. Moran, the Secretary-General, Prof. Scarantino, and Professor Riccardo Pozzo, outgoing Chairperson of the Programme Committee. Prof. Scarantino was appointed as chair of the Executive Committee.

        On behalf of FISP, I want to thank the members of the Programme Committee who worked so hard over the past three years and especially Chairperson Riccardo Pozzo. Their work will now be continued by the Executive Committee which will have its first meeting in Beijing, 8-9 April 2017.

        XII International Ontology Congress, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, 3-7 October 2016. As President of FISP, I attended the conference – Luca Scarantino was also a participant. Other CD members included Tomas Calvo. We participated in a special session on “Learning to be Human”.

        World Philosophy Day, UNESCO, Paris, France, 16-18 November 2016. UNESCO sponsored this meeting once again, organized by Dr John Crowley, and Professor Tom Rockmore, Peking University participated in the event. Events included:

• 15th International Encounters on New Philosophical Practices (16-17 November)
• Roundtable on Tolerance (17 November)
• Launch of the unesco Chair on the Practice of Philosophy with Children (18 November)
• Roundtable on Teaching Aristotle (18 November)
• A Night of Philosophy (18-19 November)

        Visit to Tokyo, December 2016. On the occasion of a visit to the University of Tokyo in December 2016, I had the opportunity to meet FISP Vice-President Ken-ichi Sasaki, Professor Junichi Murata, Kohji Ishihara, Notomi Noburu, and Kono Tetsuya, for informal discussions. The Japanese Society for Philosophy is anxious to assist FISP in the future planning of World Congresses.

        FISP Treasurer: Thanks to Professor Guido Küng. As you know, FISP Treasurer Guido Küng has been having some health problems that have forced him to retire from the position as Treasurer. I want to record my sincere thanks to him on your behalf for his outstanding and diligent work as Treasurer over many years. I also wish him speedy recovery and a happy “retirement” from FISP duties.

        I also thank Professor Gerhard Seel, for agreeing to act as Acting Treasurer from January to June 2016, and then as Treasurer, which was confirmed at the Abidjan CD meeting in June 2016. Professor Seel has been assiduously bringing our membership accounts up to date.

        Thanks to Bureau and CD Members. I want to thank all of the CD members for their activities on behalf of FISP. I especially want to thank the FISP Bureau, the Past President and the three Vice-Presidents whom I have consulted regularly on FISP business and whose prudent counsel I have been glad to receive. Again I want to thank General Secretary, Professor Luca Maria Scarantino, and the Administrative Secretary Mme Emiliya Ivanova for their work in preparing the CD Minutes and agenda and other documents.

        Special Thanks to Administrative Secretary Ms Emiliya Ivanova. I want to finish by warmly thanking Ms Emiliya Ivanova for her long service to FISP. She has been the administrative secretary of FISP since 2009 and has served under two Presidents, Bill McBride and myself. She has been a key member of our Executive and has taken Minutes not only at CD meetings but also at the Programme Meetings in Beijing, an extremely challenging task. Emiliya has also become friendly with many of us and has been very helpful to colleagues – for instance when Marietta Stepaniants became ill in Beijing, Emiliya provided invaluable assistance. I want to thank her for her loyal service to FISP and wish her well in her future career.

I look forward to seeing you all next year in the CD meeting, which will take place, probably on 12 August 2018, just before the World Congress opens. Of course a new CD will be elected in the General Assembly and the first meeting of the new CD will take place just after the Congress concludes. It has been a great honour to serve FISP as President but I am looking forward to handing over to the next President of FISP in August next year.

Yours sincerely,

Dermot Moran

President, FISP.

5 March 2017.

 

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Ceci est mon quatrième rapport annuel en tant que président. Il reste désormais moins d’un an et demi avant le 24e congrès mondial et l’assemblée générale de la FISP, qui auront lieu à Pékin en août 2018. Je suis ravi que nous ayons pu nous rassembler ici à Buenos Aires. Je souhaite remercier nos hôtes actuels, en particulier le membre de notre CD, le professeur César Lorenzano, de nous avoir invités. Je remercie particulièrement l’équipe académique de l’Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Dr Gabriela Valente et Dr Verónica Tozzi, pour leur aide et leur hospitalité. 

L’année passée a encore été une année chargée. Je remercie une nouvelle fois le secrétaire général, Luca Maria Scarantino, notre nouveau trésorier, Gerhard Seel, l’ancien president, Bill McBride, et nos trois présidents adjoints, ainsi que tous les membres du CD pour leurs conseils et leur soutien.

Cette année a été si chargée pour moi pour la principale raison que, en tant que président, j’ai dû écrire des lettres d’invitation personnelles à tous les intervenants et modérateurs choisis pour les séances plénières et les symposiums, ainsi qu’aux intervenants et modérateurs programmés pour les conférences inaugurales et les 99 sections regroupant les futures présentations. Cette tâche, et l’abondante correspondance qui lui incombe, m’ont occupé presque tout l’été, depuis la fin de la réunion du CD à Abidjan en juin 2016 jusqu’à la réunion du comité d’organisation à Pékin en septembre 2016. En tout, j’ai écrit plus de 400 e-mails d’invitation et dans de nombreux cas j’ai dû les faire suivre par courrier aérien. Je suis content d’annoncer que la plupart des nominés ont gracieusement accepté. La difficulté majeure a été de trouver leurs adresses e-mail, en particulier celles de nos collègues chinois, coréens, japonais, russes, indiens et africains, qui ne sont pas aussi présents sur Internet que nos collègues occidentaux, ce principalement pour des raisons linguistiques. Il ne fait aucun doute que cette visibilité augmentera rapidement dans les prochaines années. En attendant, j’ai eu recours à l’aide de nos collègues et je voudrais donc remercier tout particulierement LiuZhe, Heisook Kim, Ken-ichi Sasaki, Marietta Stepaniants, et Mogobe Ramose pour leur aide.

24e Réunion de l’OIP, Gand, Belgique, 12-15 mai 2016. La 24e Réunion de l’OIP a eu lieu à Gand, en Belgique, en mai 2016, grâce au parrainage de l’Université de Gand, aux professeurs Danny Praet, Pascal Vanhoecke, et leur équipe, et au soutien des départements de philosophie des universités d’Anvers (UA), Bruxelles (VUB) et de l’Université de Liège. La cérémonie d’ouverture à l’Hôtel de Ville a été présidée par le maire de Gand. Trois membres du comité exécutif de la FISP y ont assisté : le secrétaire général de la FISP, Luca Maria Scarantino, le trésorier, Gerhard Seel, et moi-même. Nous faisions tous les trois également partie du jury (en compagnie du Dr Shinji Kajitani de l’université de Tokyo et du Dr Florina Otet, de l’université de Bucarest en Roumanie). 94 étudiants ont participé à la compétition et 44 pays étaient représentés. Le thème de cette année était la guerre et la paix, et l’événement comprenait également la visite de sites commémoratifs associés à la Première Guerre Mondiale. Un certain nombre de conférences spécialisées ont eu lieu : le professeur Gerhard Seel a donné une conférence à l’université de Gand et le professeur Luca Scarantino a prononcé le discours de fermeture, intitulé « Violence et dialogue interculturel : une réflexion philosophique » (“Violence and Intercultural Dialogue: A Philosophical Reflection”).

La 25e Olympiade internationale de philosophie (OIP) aura lieu à Rotterdam, du 25 au 28 mai 2017.

Congrès mondial Aristote 2400, Salonique, Grèce, 23-28 mai 2016. En qualité de président de la FISP, j’ai assisté au Congrès mondial sur Aristote à Salonique, en Grèce, du 23 au 28 mai 2016, organisé par la professeure Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou, directrice du centre interdisciplinaire d’études sur Aristote, et par le professeur Periklis Mitkas, recteur de l’université Aristote de Salonique. Le congrès s’est tenu sous les auspices du président de la république hellénique, M. Prokopius Pavlopoulos, et a été parrainé par la FISP, comme convenu lors de la réunion du CD à Bangkok en mars 2015. J’ai participé à la cérémonie d’ouverture et j’ai également présenté un exposé intitulé : « La conception aristotélicienne de l’ousia dans la tradition chrétienne : quelques réflexions néo-platoniciennes » (“Aristotle’s Conception of Ousia in the Medieval Christian Tradition: Some Neoplatonic Reflections”). Ce fut une grande et mémorable occasion, notamment la visite de la ville d’origine d’Aristote, Stagire, et de l’antique Mieza, le lieu où, selon la tradition, Aristote fut le précepteur d’Alexandre le Grand.

Cela était merveilleux de voir tant d’amis de la FISP, dont les professeurs Evangelos Moutsopoulos, Myrto Dragona-Monachou, Tomas Calvo, ainsi que Herta and Ludwig Nagl et bien d’autres.

Réunion du CD à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 4-5 juin 2016. Une nouvelle fois, de la part de la fisp, je veux remercier la vice-présidente de la FISP, la professeure Tanella Boni, et son collègue, le professeur Séverin Yapo, pour leur accueil des plus chaleureux à l’université Houphouët-Boigny d'Abidjan-Cocody, à Abidjan. Nous avons assisté à une excellente conférence autour du thème « The Politics of Dignity/ Politiques de la dignité » et avons même eu droit à la visite d’un village local présidée par un chef philosophe. Notre réunion du CD fut hautement productive. Sur deux jours, nous avons réussi à décider de tous les noms à inviter pour les séances plénières, les symposiums et les conférences inaugurales. Nous nous sommes également mis d’accord sur deux conférences exceptionnelles, l’une pour le bicentenaire de la naissance de Karl Marx, qui sera prononcée par l’ancien président de la FISP, Bill McBride, et une nouvelle conférence inaugurale, appelée d’après Simone de Beauvoir, et qui sera inaugurée à Pékin en 2018. Je suis heureux de signaler que le comité d’organisation chinois a accepté de financer cette conférence (voyage, logement) et que l‘intervenante principale sera Judith Butler de l’université de Californie, Berkeley.

Congrès mondial de philosophie: La philosophie d’Aristote, Université d’Athènes, Athènes, Grèce 9-15 juillet 2016. En tant que président de la FISP, j’ai assisté au congrès sur Aristote et la philosophie, à Athènes, en juillet 2016 (http://www.wcp2016.gr/en/circular-program/ ), organisée par le professeur Konstantinos Boudouris, qui avait accueilli le 23ème congrès mondial de philosophie à Athènes en 2013. Notre trésorier, Gerhard Seel, a prononcé un discours mémorable sur la conception aristotélicienne de la démocratie, sur le site antique du Lycée. L’ancien membre du CD Myrto Dragona-Mentzou y était aussi présent. 

Réunion du comité d’organisation pour le 24e congrès mondial de philosophie (CMP), Pékin, Chine, 3-4 septembre 2016. La troisième réunion du comité d’organisation du 24e congrès mondial de philosophie a eu lieu en septembre 2016 à l’université de Pékin où nous avons été généreusement accueillis par les professeurs Wang Bo et LiuZhe. Nous avons bénéficié d’une merveilleuse hospitalité, dont un diner dans un restaurant traditionnel, Bai Jia Da Yuan, signifiant La Grande Cour de la Famille Bai, lors de notre premier soir. Après des discussions exhaustives, le comité a finalisé la liste des présidents de séances pour les 99 sections regroupant les futures présentations. Nous avons également décidé d’inclure une session spéciale sur l’histoire de la FISP. Il a aussi été question de deux nouvelles conférences inaugurales exceptionnelles, nommées d’après Wang Yang Ming et Simone de Beauvoir. Simone de Beauvoir a visité la Chine avec Jean-Paul Sartre lors d’un séjour universitaire et elle entretient donc une relation historique avec la Chine ; quant au premier, il s’est fortement exprimé en faveur d’un financement chinois pour la mise en place de cette conférence. De surcroît, une session spéciale a été ajoutée au programme du CMP de 2018 : une allocution publique de Jürgen Habermas, présidée par Abdusalam Guseinov (Russie), et parrainée par le comité d’organisation chinois. Enfin, suite à une proposition formulée par le président honoraire de la FISP, le professeur Agazzi, une session spéciale dédiée au 70è anniversaire de la FISP se tiendra pendant le congrès ; cette session présentera les moments forts de l’histoire de la FISP. Nous nous sommes mis d’accord sur une date provisoire pour l’assemblée générale de la FISP, soit le jeudi 16 août 2018. Nous avons assisté à un exposé très utile présenté par les membres du centre de conférence de l’université de Pékin.

Un comité exécutif a été aussi élu suivant les statuts de la FISP. Les professeurs Wang Bo et Xie Dikun ont été élus en tant que membres locaux du comité exécutif aux côtés du président de la FISP, Dermot Moran, de son secrétaire général, le professeur Luca Maria Scarantino, et du professeur Riccardo Pozzo, président sortant du comité d’organisation. Le professeur Scarantino a été nommé président du comité exécutif.

De la part de la FISP, je veux remercier les membres du comité d’organisation qui ont travaillé si dur au cours des trois dernières années, en particulier le président du comité, Riccardo Pozzo. Leur travail sera désormais poursuivi par le comité exécutif qui se réunira pour la première fois à Pékin les 8 et 9 avril 2017.

xiie Congrès international d’ontologie, Université du Pays basque, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne, 3-7 octobre 2016. En qualité de président, j’ai aussi assisté à cette conférence dont Luca Scarantino était l’un des intervenants. Parmi les autres membres du CD présents se trouvait Tomas Calvo. Nous avons pris part à une session spéciale intitulée : « Apprendre à être humain » (“Learning to be Human”).

Journées mondiale de la philosophie, UNESCO, Paris, France, 16-18 novembre 2016. L’UNESCO a renouvelé le parrainage de ce rassemblement, organisé par le Dr John Crowley, et le professeur Tom Rockmore, de l’université de Pékin, y a participé. Parmi les événements organisés lors de ces journées :

• les 15es Rencontres internationales sur les nouvelles pratiques philosophiques (16-17 novembre)
• une table-ronde sur la tolérance (17 novembre)
• le lancement de la chaire UNESCO de la pratique philosophique avec les enfants (18 novembre)
• une table-ronde sur l’enseignement d’Aristote (18 novembre)

La Nuit de la philosophie (18-19 novembre) 

Visite à Tokyo, décembre 2016. À l’occasion d’une visite à l’université de Tokyo en décembre 2016, j’ai eu l’opportunité de rencontrer le vice-président de la FISP Ken-ichi Sasaki, les professeurs Junichi Murata, Kohji Ishihara, Notomi Noburu, et Kono Tetsuya, autour de conversations informelles. La Société japonaise de philosophie a hâte d’apporter sa contribution à la FISP dans l’organisation des congrès mondiaux à venir.

Trésorerie de la FISP : Remerciements au professeur Guido Küng. Comme vous le savez, le trésorier de la FISP, Guido Küng, a souffert de problèmes de santé qui l’ont obligé à se retirer de son rôle de trésorier. Je veux présentement lui témoigner ma gratitude la plus sincère en notre nom à tous pour le travail diligent et exceptionnel effectué en sa qualité de trésorier pendant de nombreuses années. Je lui souhaite aussi un prompt rétablissement et une bonne “retraite” de ses fonctions au sein de la FISP.

Je remercie également le professeur Gerhard Seel d’avoir accepté le rôle de trésorier intérimaire de janvier à juin 2016, puis de trésorier, comme convenu et acté à la réunion du CD à Abidjan en juin 2016. Le professeur Seel a mis à jour avec assiduité les comptes de nos adhérents.

Remerciements au bureau et aux membres du CD. Je veux remercier tous les membres du CD pour leurs activités dans la FISP. Je remercie tout spécialement le secrétariat de la FISP, l’ancien président et les trois présidents adjoints que j’ai régulièrement consultés concernant la FISP et dont j’ai été content de recevoir les prudents conseils. Je veux encore remercier le secrétaire général, le professeur Luca Maria Scarantino, et la secrétaire administrative, Mme Emiliya Ivanova, pour leur travail sur la rédaction des comptes-rendus des réunions du CD, la mise en place du calendrier et des autres documents.

Remerciements particuliers à la secrétaire administrative, Mme Emiliya Ivanova. Je finirai en remerciant chaleureusement Mme Emiliya Ivanova pour son long service au sein de la FISP. Elle a été la secrétaire administrative de la FISP depuis 2009 et ce pendant deux présidences, celle de Bill McBride et la mienne. Elle a été un membre-clé du comité exécutif et a non seulement rédigé les comptes rendus des réunions du CD mais aussi ceux du comité d’organisation, tenues à Pékin, soit une tâche d’une grande exigence. Emiliya est aussi devenue l’amie de beaucoup d’entre nous et a été d’une grande aide pour certains collègues ; par exemple, lorsque Marietta Stepaniants est tombée malade à Pékin, Emiliya a été d’un secours inestimable. Je veux la remercier pour ses bons et loyaux services au sein de la FISP et lui souhaite le meilleur pour sa carrière future.

J’attends avec impatience de vous revoir l’année prochaine lors de la réunion du CD qui aura lieu probablement le 12 août 2018, juste avant l’ouverture du congrès mondial. Bien évidemment, un nouveau CD sera élu lors de l’assemblée générale et la première réunion du nouveau CD se tiendra juste après la fermeture du congrès. Cela fut pour moi un grand honneur de servir en tant que président mais j’ai hâte de confier ce rôle au nouveau ou à la nouvelle présidente de la FISP en août de l’année prochaine.

Sincères amitiés,

Dermot Moran

Président de la FISP.

5 mars 2017

Traduit de l'anglais par Clémence Saintemarie.

 

The President’s report was followed by some discussion concerning one of the main points treated in it, namely the relations between FISP and UNESCO.

Observing that the weak relationship with unesco is a long standing problem and is a personal challenge even for him, Prof. Sweet asked whether there could be any way to try to resolve this problem, either by the representation in some UNESCO commission or by someone who has closer relations with UNESCO. He observed that it was his impression that FISP has no influence on anything in philosophy that UNESCO carries out.

Prof. Moran replied that Prof. Sweet was summarizing everybody’s experience. “UNESCO used to cooperate with FISP around World Philosophy Day, but more recently FISP has been excluded from the arrangements for the WPD and no longer has any direct input into it”, Prof. Moran noted. “Last year I wrote to Dr. John Crowley and he promised me that we will be consulted, but nothing happened”, the President continued. “In 2015, I wrote to him and proposed that Didier Deleule take part in the WPD on behalf of FISP and he did that but this was just one late involvement and it was only because D. Deleule was available”, he specified.

Prof. Moran also expressed his conviction that a hope to go forward in this respect and to resolve this problem is through CIPSH; he recalled that Prof. McBride is a member of the Executive Committee of CIPSH; and he announced that CIPSH will have a meeting and a humanities conference, which is being partially sponsored by UNESCO. He informed CD members that he, Prof. McBride, and the Secretary-general, Prof. Scarantino, will be present there. “The current Secretary of CIPSH, Luiz Oosterbeek, seems to be confident of having closer association with UNESCO through Dr. Crowley with whom he has good relations. The Secretary Luiz Oosterbeek is very aware of FISP’s contribution to the WPD and of the fact that FISP is a major member of CIPSH”, the President added, before concluding that according to him one possible way of getting closer relations with UNESCO and more influence on the activities related to the WPD could be through CIPSH.

On the other hand the Secretary-general, Prof. Scarantino, expressed his rather pessimistic view about UNESCO’s activities in the field of philosophy and the humanities. He recalled in this respect that the WPD was initiated by FISP. “It was proposed by Prof. I. Kuçuradi, at a time when philosophy was regarded as a core activity in the humanities in UNESCO. At that time FISP was prominently involved with UNESCO, which had lots of activities in philosophy: they had the WPD, they prepared a world report on the teaching of philosophy, they stressed intercultural and interregional dialogue in philosophy… Philosophy was really an important part of their activities in the domain of scholarly cooperation”, the Secretary-general explained. He added that these activities were basically discontinued in 2011-2012. “Since then, UNESCO has dramatically rediced its activities in this domain”, he said, adding that “in the case of the WPD, for instance, now there are just some round tables and panels that are held at the UNESCO hq in Paris; significant activities, on the contrary, are initiated at the national level by local philosophical associations, societies, and groups.” He explained that UNESCO does not really put significant resources into activities related to philosophy. For instance, in the case of the WCP in Athens it was the national commission of UNESCO which was engaged in it, so resources were raised thanks to the Greek ministry.

Some FISP members then proposed that FISP take on itself the responsibility of organizing the WPD.

Prof. Sweet remarked that if FISP has just some minor input into the WPD, because of the UNESCO attitude to philosophy, it would be pertinent to think about taking on itself the responsibility of the organization of this event. “We have a CD meeting every year with regard to the WCP and we can use this meeting for the preparation of the WPD also; there would be some kind of synergy between the two events,” he affirmed.

In answer to this observation, President Moran noted that he agreed with this, but that there was an important problem in this respect, namely that the organization of the WPD would require a considerable financial effort, which might be beyond FISP capacity. A similar concern was voiced by the Secretary-general, who nonetheless agreed that some way for FISP to get involved more actively in an international celebration of the WPD could be found. He underlined, though, that FISP societies are very active locally, and that most activities related to the WPD fall already under the responsibility of national or regional member societies of FISP.

Prof. McBride, on his side, drew attention to the importance of keeping the relations between UNESCO and FISP, even though UNESCO does not sponsor many philosophical activities, because of the symbolic power of UNESCO, which is beneficial for FISP’s actions in the field.

“The financial support from UNESCO is one thing but then there is another point, related to the symbolic power of UNESCO”, Prof. Tu Weiming indicated in contribution to this discussion. “Even though UNESCO does not give money for philosophy, even though the national events in this respect are organized by the national commissions of UNESCO with the blessing of UNESCO and without financial support, the relations with UNESCO are symbolically significant”, he noted. However “our relationship with this organization,” he stressed, “is quite delicate. Imagine that we have a situation in which the UNESCO administration has an idea, with which we do not agree, an idea to which we are opposed. UNESCO is politically engaged all over the world. So, if we take a position against some people involved in UNESCO business, that can create some problems”, he underlined. He argued further that UNESCO itself is very fluid in its strategy and recalled the WPD that had been planned for Iran: “It was decided one week before to move it from Iran to Paris because of political reasons”, Prof. Tu said, observing that UNESCO people take some decisions under international political and financial pressure. In conclusion he expressed his hope that in the future UNESCO politics and practice could change.

The Secretary-general agreed that FISP should maintain and nurture a good partnership with UNESCO. He recalled that for the two Aristotle congresses in Greece, as for the IPO, UNESCO did not provide any funding, but did give its logo to the events; this kind of involvement may reveal very helpful for the organizers of these events, he noted. “We should definitely keep this kind of relationship”, he summarized.

Prof. Pozzo asked whether UNESCO is involved in some way in the organization of the IPO. Prof. Moran explained that this was the case before, but it is no longer so. He recalled that the last time when UNESCO was present in some way in the WPD was in Moscow (2009) and, with regard to the IPO, in Oslo.

In conclusion, President Moran expressed his feeling that FISP can try encouraging its member societies to celebrate the World Philosophy Day at the national level in their own countries and keeping records on this, which means to be published in the FISP newsletter and posted on the FISP website. He noted again that fisp can coordinate this event, but cannot take it in charge for the moment because this requires a huge amount of investments.

The discussion ended with the general agreement that FISP involvement in the WPD and cooperation of FISP with UNESCO should be pursued.

 

 

                                                6. Report of the Secretary-general.

Dear Colleagues,

This is my tenth report to the Steering Committee. Please let me begin it by warmly thanking our Colleague and CD member César Lorenzano, as well as our hosts here in Buenos Aires.

It is not just a matter of gratitude for inviting the CD to meet here; there is a deeper significance in our presence here. It is actually after several members from Latin America voiced their desire to bring the Steering Committee to this region that César Lorenzano proposed Buenos Aires as the venue for our current session. His invitation was particularly timely for various reasons. First, it followed the distressing failure to organize it in Brazil; secondly, it provided a timely and appropriate response to a common concern of the Latin American members of the Steering Committee, and through them to our member societies and associations in this region; third, it strengthens the presence of Argentinean scholarship within the FISP global network, after too many years of discreet, when not silent, presence of this major philosophical community.

As regards the relations between Argentina and FISP, we can see this meeting as the outcome of a long process that started with the acceptance of the Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas as a new member of FISP, in 2009, continued with two Argentinean nominations for this Steering Committee, and led to the election of César Lorenzano in Athens. In my view, this significant evolution can contribute to establish new links between philosophers in this country and FISP, and to enhance the presence of Argentinean scholars in the upcoming World Congresses of Philosophy. This is why I would like to thank César Lorenzano not only for hosting us during these days, but also for facilitating a strategic evolution in the partnership between FISP and Latin American scholars.

Let me now move to the main activities that took place after our meeting in Abidjan.

World Congress 2018. As you know, the last meeting of the Programme Committee of the World Congress took place in Beijing on Sep 3-4 2016. The last details of the programme were defined on that occasion; the programme is now available on the web page of the Congress, along with all relevant information concerning the chairs of thematic sections, the modalities for online registration, and other useful information. The minutes of the Programme Committee meeting were circulated to the CD last month.

The Executive Committee of the Congress was also formed, in agreement with the instructions received by the Steering Committee. Two new members were appointed upon recommendation of the Chinese organizing committee, i. e. Professors Wang Bo and Xie Dikun; they joined Dermot Moran, Riccardo Pozzo, and myself who am also serving as chair. The Committee is now fully established, and will hold its next meeting in Beijing on April 8-9, 2017. May I ask you to provide any useful input in view of that meeting; it is my engagement to take it into serious account.

It is now time to move on to the logistic arrangements for the Congress. These include issuing air tickets for the invited speakers and chairs, circulating information concerning hotels and other options for accommodation, establishing reasonable fees for publishing houses in view of a large book exhibit, and taking into account the needs of international participants. During our last meeting, in September, we had a very encouraging report from the head of the Overseas Exchange Center at Peking University – the professional conference organizer at PKU. They demonstrated full awareness of the complexity of the task, and provided a thorough account of the actions to be taken.

What is probably still lacking is a full sense of the correct timing required for such an international event. My feeling is that it is time to speed up the preparation of the Congress, especially in those areas where external actors are involved. In particular, participants from abroad need to receive confirmation that their papers are accepted, or that their proposals for round tables are agreed to, in order to request the necessary grants to prepare their trip to China. This is probably an issue that would require an increased awareness from the local organizing committee; here is one of the tasks for the upcoming meeting of the Executive Committee.

We also hope to reach some fair agreement about the proposal to pay back part of the Congress registration fees to FISP as a compensation for the increased costs of the Steering Committee’s travel expenses related to the preparation of the Congress.

A few hours ago, I received an activities report from our Chinese colleagues. We will read it together as I have not had the time to go through it in detail.

I am particularly pleased to stress the active role played by the Committee on Gender, and by its chair Professor Sigridur Thorgeirsdóttir, in the progamme of the Congress. Two special activities were planned and agreed upon by the organizing committee: a calendar of women philosophers and possibly a photo exhibit. We will discuss them in detail later in the agenda. We shall also discuss the details of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of FISP, proposed by the Honorary President of FISP Professor Evandro Agazzi and to be included in the programme of the Congress under his responsibility.

Nominations for CD and Presidency. Our next General Assembly will take place during the World Congress in Beijing. Tentatively, the Assembly has been scheduled in the programme on Thursday, August 16; a CD meeting should probably take place on Aug 11-12, as customary; and the new Steering Committee should probably meet before the end of the Congress, in order to allow all new members to attend it: I submit these proposals to your consideration and further deliberation.

As usual, I will send out a call for nominations throughout our constituency. This will include a form for nominations, a clear deadline, and other relevant information to ensure a smooth process. You may be familiar with the fact that the Steering Committee plays a significant role in this process. Because of our regular exchanges and meetings, we have a sort of overview on what needs to be improved, changed, or strengthened; and we may encourage nominations that reflect such concerns.

You may have seen the list of non-re-eligible members, elected in 2003, from whom FISP will sadly part ways. Thirty-one members are re-eligible; only seven of them are women; and I believe that a better gender balance should be sought in the composition of the next Steering Committee. In my view, nomination should ideally seek scholarly quality as a first requirement, and reflect at the same time a fair balance of disciplinary, geocultural, age, and gender diversity.

Three issues should be mentioned at this stage.

1. It is a tradition of the Steering Committee to nominate all its re-eligible members for a new term. This opportunity is provided in accordance with art. 5 of our Bye-Laws, which states that “Nominations for the election of the President of the Federation by the General Assembly, and for the election of the members of the Steering Committee, are made by the societies and institutions which are members of the Federation and by the Steering Committee”. May I recommend to follow this tradition for the next term as well.

2. It is also customary that the country organizing a World Congress nominates at least two representatives for the CD. In consideration of the complexity of the organization process of the Beijing Congress, I would like to propose to the CD to consider the possibility of nominating some colleagues that have played a key role in preparing the Congress, in a way that would include representatives of the most influential philosophical and academic communities in the country.

3. The third point would probably require some discussion. An internal report of the Committee of General Policy, prepared by our colleague Professor David Schrader, has concluded to the opportunity of abandoning the nationality rule in the election of CD members. I will certainly leave to David Schrader the task of illustrating the reasons for this proposal, which I fully share. This nationality rule was introduced for excellent reasons, in particular to avoid the overwhelming presence of a limited number of countries, and to encourage cultural diversity within the CD. But its wording is ambiguous, its application dubious, and its effects are often infelicitous. Why nationality should apply to individuals rather than to member societies, who are our constituency, remains, in my view, problematic under various points of view. It not inappropriate to say that this rule, in its current wording, has created more confusion and unease than it has helped reach a smooth representation within the CD. These considerations may not fully apply to the existing ceiling of voting representatives per country; but this is probably a less controversial issue.

Next World Congresses. No earlier than last week, the Chair of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, Professor Graham Oppy, informed me that the AAP intends to submit a bid for the WCP 2023 for Melbourne, Australia. The bid will be submitted in connection with the Melbourne Convention Bureau. As I reported to you last year, the AAP has gathered relevant information in the last two years; Prof. Oppy’s message now formally announced a bid for 2023.

A bid for 2023 might also come from our colleagues in Japan. I have provided them with the preliminary information they requested, and I understand that the President of FISP, Professor Dermot Moran, had a meeting with a delegation of Japanese scholars. I assume that our colleague Professor Ken-ichi Sasaki will provide us with further information, or at least answer any query we might have.

I should add that last September I received a brief request of information from Prof. Louise Morel, Executive Director of the Canadian Philosophical Association; she informed me that the CPA was interested in bidding for the WCP 2023, and that the Board of the Association would discuss this matter. I have not heard from her after that, though: and I look at our colleague and friend, Professor William Sweet, for information about any further developments.

Conferences and applications for membership. I will spare you a detailed account of the conferences and congresses I attended on behalf of FISP. These include the Kazakh Philosophical Congress, last October, the international Ontology Congress in Donostia/San Sebastian, the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the School of Philosophy at Fudan University, and other scholarly meetings of more circumscribed scope.

In some cases, these events provided the opportunity for new developments in the FISP network. The membership application from the Belarus Institute of Philosophy, for instance, proceeds from talks with the Director of this same Institute, Professor Anatoly Lazarevich, and with the Director of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Andrey Smirnov; it is related to the current project of an Eurasian philosophy network; and it reinforces FISP as a significant scholarly partner of philosophical communities in this geographic and cultural area. In other cases, as for the Ontology Congress in Spain, FISP’s support helped the organizers raise local funds; this partly explains why the chairperson of the Ontology Congress, Professor Víctor Gómez Pin, is already requesting FISP patronage for the next edition of the Congress.

I would like to stress the importance of these activities. They show how FISP plays a significant role for scholarly cooperation beyond the World Congress, and how it represents a support for many and diverse scholarly communities across the world. I would like to mention, in this context, the Red Iberoamericana de Filosofía, supported by our colleague Professor Gabriel Vargas Lozano in his capacity of chair of the Committee of Teaching of Philosophy and in conjunction with the Red Española de Filosofía, a recently admitted member of FISP; or the role played by our Vice-President Prof. Lourdes Velázquez in encouraging the membership application of the Philosophical Association of the Colombian Caribbean. These initiatives are likely to reinforce the ties between FISP and Latin American scholars, and should probably be welcomed by the CD, especially here in Buenos Aires.

International Philosophy Olympiads. This year, the IPO will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on May 25-28. As you know, FISP plays a central role in the jury. According to the IPO regulations, the chair of the Committee on Teaching of Philosophy has the right to attend the IPO meeting; but this has not always been possible in the past. We shall therefore decide the composition of the FISP delegation, and inform our colleagues in the Netherlands.

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I would like to conclude on a personal note, if you allow me to do so. Two days ago, our colleague Professor Wolfgang Kaltenbacher presented a tribute to the late President of the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies, Gerardo Marotta. Please forgive me if, for once, I break the rule of impartiality towards our members to spend a few words in memory of Gerardo Marotta, who passed away a few weeks ago.

My feeling is that this exceptional figure, life, and work justify this excursus. In a time when Italian academia was in deep trouble, Gerardo Marotta almost single-handedly created, funded, and developed an international research centre of extraordinary quality, reach, and influence. It is not exaggerated to say that virtually all scholars of my generation in Italy have received direct or indirect support from the Institute. I certainly do not know any colleague of my age who has published, travelled, taught, or researched without the help of Gerardo Marotta; the extent of this action was so large, and so diverse, that in some cases scholars were not even aware that the Institute was indirectly backing their work. Its role in Italian, and possibly European scholarship in the last 30 years remains unparalleled. Besides the actual scholarly and editorial heritage of the Institute, this historic action of support seems to me to be the major contribution of the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies to the scholarly and cultural life of our country.

You may notice that while I try to pay a tribute to a person, I focus on an institution. There was a symbiotic relation between Gerardo Marotta and the Institute for Philosophical Studies he founded. His entire life, resources, and personal wealth were given to the scholarly, intellectual, and social vision embodied in the activities of the Institute.

FISP held two CD meetings at the Institute. The first in 1999, when Ioanna Kuçuradi, after a CIPSH meeting held in Naples, asked me to establish a link between FISP and Gerardo Marotta; and in 2009, exactly ten years later, when we met on the nearby island of Ischia. But countless meetings related with our network have taken place in Naples, and in many cases could only take place thanks to the support of the Institute; I am particularly honored to recall here the meeting of the Eco-ethics institute, organized by Noriko Hashimoto and Peter Kemp a few years ago in cooperation with Marotta’s institute.

I guess this is all I had to say at this stage. Thank you.

 

Prof. Moran opened the debate on the Secretary-general’s report by invoking the memories of two other persons closely involved in the work of FISP.

First he paid public tribute to Prof. Juha Savolainen, who hosted the IPO in Helsinki in 2013 and passed away in 2016. He pronounced a few words in honor of his memory, and underlined that Juha was a very active IPO member. He also attended the World Congresses in Athens and in Seoul, and was appointed as chair of one of the sections of the 24th World Congress in Beijing.

He also paid tribute to Prof. George McLean, who died in 2016. President Moran recalled that Father McLean was strongly involved in FISP activities, and used to organize regular confereces in conjunction with the World Congresses. The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, that he founded and chaired, was a very active member of FISP; and Prof. Moran expressed a general wish that it would contribute to FISP activities in the future too.

The discussion continued with several remarks as to the preparation of the WCP.

Prof. Sweet remarked that there was no effective communication with local co-chairs both in Athens and in Seoul. He asked whether some mechanism would help this cooperation work better. He also raised the matter of the future publication of papers from the Beijing Congress: will they be published in a volume, as was the case in Athens, or will they just be posted online?

Prof. Moran observed that in the recent Congresses there were as a rule 3 or 4 co-chairs for each section; they would be able to evaluate papers in various languages; and no formal mechanism was indeed established to facilitate cooperation between these co-chairs. He also mentioned that chairs are expected to consult other colleagues when they consider it appropriate in the evaluation process of a particular paper.

With regard to the publications of papers, he recalled that one volume from the Athens WCP had already appeared: it included papers from the plenary sessions and the symposia. Prof. Moran indicated that the book could be ordered online through the Philosophy Documentation Center directed by George Leaman.

“This volume has been already sent to the participants”, added, on his part, Prof. McBride. He explained that the Greek organizers of the WCP in Athens were still working on the other publication, namely that of the contributed papers: the latter will be published on a cd, long delayed due to the high number of papers to be included in it; but it is about to appear.

The Secretary-general mentioned the increasing request to publish on an Open Access basis, especially for scholars based in European academic institutions; and he observed that online publication would best suit this tendency. He also recalled that all co-chairs of the thematic sections of the Congress will be listed online, so that every one of them will be able to contact the other co-chairs.

The report of the Secretary-general was unanimously approved.

 

                                            7. Report of the Treasurer.

The Treasurer’s report was presented in French while the English version was shown on the screen.

The following four items were appended to this Report:

  • Bilan FISP 01.05.2016 – 28.02.2017.
  • Fonds Congrès Mondiaux : Bilan 01.05.2016 – 28.02.2017.
  • FISP State of membership payment – summary (28.02.2017)
  • État des paiements des sociétés 28.02.2017.

NB: 1 eur (Euro) = 1.06 chf (Swiss Franc); 1 usd (US-Dollar) = 1.007 chf (Swiss Franc)

Preliminary Remark. This is my first report as Treasurer of FISP. I thank the CD for the trust they placed in me and I shall try to justify it. I also want to thank my predecessor, Professor Guido Küng, for the excellent job he did since 1983 and for his precious help and advice during the transition. Passing all the necessary information and establishing a smoothly functioning office took actually some time. Most recently I had to find a trustworthy person to replace Frau Caroline Bolz as secretary. I am confident that Madame Johanna Lott Fischer will be as reliable as Frau Bolz was. The E-mail address of the new secretary is: lottfischer@gmail.com

Please send all your future requests and information to her.

The Financial Situation. On May, 01, 2016 the general assets of FISP amounted to 106’313.- Swiss Francs; on February 28, 2017 they amounted to 100’405.- Swiss Francs only. This corresponds to a loss of 5’907.- Swiss Francs. This means that for the second consecutive year we suffered a loss, notwithstanding the profit of 13’858 Swiss Francs we made with our investments. Without this profit the loss would be considerably greater and amount to 19’765 Swiss Francs.

This situation causes some concern. I see the following causes for this negative development: as the overview of the state of payment of membership fees shows, the payment habits of our members are not what they should be. It is not acceptable that only 44% are up-to-date with their payments. The second factor of the worsening of our financial situation is the high level of the travel subsidies we paid in 2016 for the meeting in Abidjan and the participation in the IPO. The subsidies for the meeting in Buenos Aires will again turn out to be relatively high. I should also mention that we currently pay the services of two secretaries. Together with our President and the Secretary General I am exploring ways to improve our financial situation both by reducing our expenses and by increasing our incomes.

The Funds for the Endowed Lectures. The funds for the Endowed lectures at World Congresses are being kept separately.

The endowment for the Maimonides Lecture is being kept in Fribourg. On May 01, 2016 it amounted to 12’381.- Swiss Francs. On February 28th 2017 the assets amounted to 12’777.- Swiss Francs. This means that we made a profit of 395.- Swiss Francs. This gain is due to the favourable development of the international financial markets.

In addition there exist the following three endowed Lectures:

  • the Philosophical Society of Turkey is paying for the Ibn Rushd Lecture,
  • the Soeren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen is paying for the Soeren Kierkegaard Lecture,
  • the Korean Philosophical Association is paying for the East-West Lecture.

Payments of the Member Societies. The list of the Member Societies of FISP and the State of Membership Payment Summary inform you about the current state of payment of fees.

As of February 28th 2017, we have listed 134 Member Societies. Out of these:

-       60 societies have paid dues for 2016 and/or beyond: these societies are in good standing;

-       31 societies are not more than 2 years behind: they will hopefully pay their dues at least in 2018;

-       44 are more than 2 years behind with their payment or have never paid. These societies are problematic and, if nothing changes, they shall be be excluded from FISP by the General Assembly in 2018;

-       3 societies are new members and have not yet paid.

-       2 new members admitted in 2015 have not paid either.          

Last year, the payment situation was already bad; it didn’t improve since then, notwithstanding our reminder.

Notice that the lack of diligence of some of our Member Societies in paying their fees is not really due to financial reasons, since FISP can grant (upon documented request) partial reductions of membership fees to financially weak societies.

If members of the Steering Committee of FISP have good relations to some societies in the last two categories, it would be helpful if they could encourage those societies to pay their fees or to contact the Treasurer of FISP (gseel@net2000.ch ). Notice also that sometimes the addresses of societies or their board members have changed; so please check on our website www.fisp.org  whether the list of our member societies contains information that is obsolete.

Bern, the 28th of February, 2017.

                                                                                                                               Prof. em. Gerhard Seel.

                                                                                                                                       Treasurer.

 

President Moran thanked Prof. Seel for his report and welcomed him again as the new Treasurer of FISP. He paid tribute to the long-standing work of Prof. Kueng, and stressed the importance of the Treasurer’s action in the year preceding the WCP, when the payments of societies are likely to come in all at once.

Prof. Agazzi commented that the financial situation of FISP was more or less the same that he found when he became Treasurer of FISP in 1973. He recalled that his first decision was to centralise the fisp bank account in Switzerland; he then moved, with the approval of the Bureau and the CD, to the adoption of the Swiss franc as the standard currency of the Federation; and made some investments that paid off later. When he transitioned from Treasurer to Secretary General, he asked Prof. Guido Kueng to become Treasurer. In performing their functions as Treasurers, both of them could rely on the assistance of their personal secretaries. “It would be good, if it is possible, to go back to this situation: otherwise, if a Treasurer or a Secretary-general needs assistance for their work a person should be found, preferably paid by his/her own institution”, he concluded.

Concerning those societies that have paid no fees for several years, he remarked that payments may depend on the persons who are in charge of the different member societies; and within each society there might be different views about this specific action. He finally regretted the discontinuation of the FISP printed bulletin, which in the past was circulated among societies and where member societies published their announcements and reports as regards their philosophical activities.

In reaction to the last point, the Secretary-general recalled that the newsletter in print version was replaced by an electronic one, prepared by Prof. McBride and regularly available on the website of FISP. He added that, in his view, even this newsletter should be replaced by a permanent flow of information concerning the activities of FISP member societies, as an essential part of the website. For each society there should be a link to its activities and website, when available, while the most significant activities should be highlighted on the main page of FISP; however, he admitted, the current structure and management of the website limit the possibility of moving ahead in this direction.

Concluding his intervention, Prof. Agazzi remarked that if there were societies which have not paid for the last 5 years FISP should reconsider their membership. President Moran agreed on this point, yet he expressed the wish that societies which have not paid might eventually come through with back payments rather than having to renew their membership in FISP.

As to the actual financial situation of FISP, mentioned in the Treasurer’s report, the Secretary-general indicated that FISP has undertaken steps to raise a limited amount of money in relation to the organisation of the wcp. He expressed his hope that this will work for the WCP 2018, thanks to the comprehension of the Chinese Organising committee, adding that he believed that this could be established as an official condition for the organisation of the future WCPs. In fact, he argued, the Steering Committee is investing a considerable amount of money to travel across the continents in order to mobilise local scholarly communities to attend the WCP; the related costs can no longer be fully funded by FISP only, but should be considered in the financial agreement with the local organizers, possibly by recovering a small percentage of the Congress registration fees.

Prof. Seel concurred, presenting some financial details concerning the expenses for the last CD meetings. “The meeting in Abidjan cost $12,805 (US) to FISP, and the previous one, in Bangkok, over 9,000”, he said. Expenses increase because of three main factors: the larger scope of FISP membership, the effort to meet in different continents, and the ongoing reduction of travel funds in many academic institutions across the world.

Finally, Prof. Seel mentioned that Daniel Schulthess, an auditor of FISP accounts, had asked to change the financial reports from a July-to-June basis to a calendar year; in suggesting this minor technical adjustment, he concluded his report.

Following the above-mentioned discussion, the Treasurer’s report was approved.

 

                                                8. Report of the Chair of the Programme Committee

Prof. Pozzo presented the preliminary program of the WCP, and announced that several participants have already registered.

He acquainted the CD members with the final version of the Program, beginning with the plenary sessions, and noting some free positions still need to be filled. He then presented the Endowed Lectures, the invited sessions and the round tables; he recalled that two newly endowed lectures will take place in Beijing, namely the Simone de Beauvoir lecture, organized by the Committee on Gender, and the Wang Yangming lecture, sponsored by the Chinese Organizing committee. Two special lectures will equally be organized: one on Karl Marx, given by Prof. McBride, and one by Prof. Habermas.

Prof. Pozzo thanked Prof. Virvidakis for his help in gathering proposals for round tables and invited session; he reported on the logistics and venues of the Congress; and he thanked the members of the Programme Committee as well as of the Chinese Organizing Committee for their work.

President Moran thanked Prof. Pozzo for his work and his report. He remarked that some details in the program were still not on the website; the latter would be updated after the meeting of the Executive Committee in April 2017. Commenting on the program, he expressed his satisfaction with the fact that most of the people that have been invited as speakers and chairs for plenary sessions and symposia did accept the invitation.

The Secretary-general added that some last minute defections should be anticipated, as it usually occurs. In case such cancellation would involve prominent speakers, such as for Plenary Sessions or Endowed Lectures, he informed the CD of his intention to consult the Steering Committee about alternate speakers. He then presented the report of the Chinese Organizing Committee that he received on the eve of the Steering Committee meeting. This report concerned various aspects of the organization, such as the status of the Congress website, the coordination with the Overseas Exchange Center of Peking University, the recruitment of the Secretariat of the WCP, the preparation of the Second circular, Round Tables, Invited sessions, student sessions, society meetings and paper submissions, as well as of the book exhibitions, exhibition of women philosophers and other events discussed at the last meeting of the PC.

Prof. Moran announced that PKU has a new President, Prof. Lin Chan, who was encouraging the renovation of all the Congress venues and the installation of disabled facilities. “He will include the Congress in the celebration activities of the 120th anniversary of PKU”, Prof. Moran continued. He also indicated that a new chairperson of the University Board had been appointed, Prof. Hao Ping, who strongly supports the WCP. As a very positive point he noted the implementation of the website of the Congress, which already allows registration on line. He drew attention to the fact that the COC intends to engage in the organization of the Congress the chairs of all philosophy departments in mainland China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macao, and Singapore.

Prof. Moran also observed that the COC is looking for a suitable person from the philosophy department of pku who will be in charge of the evaluation of the Chinese proposals for Round Tables and Invited Sessions. He expressed his satisfaction that the Chinese hosts are trying to involve students affiliated with Chinese universities; and he underlined that according to the report some papers have already been submitted through the website.

Prof. Moran added that the main problem was not about the way the organization of the Congress is carried out, but rather about its timing. He stressed the importance for international participants to be informed early about hotel accommodations, to receive the letters of invitation on time, and to have enough information about visas. “The local hosts should make considerable efforts to facilitate all these things, including the circulation of submitted papers to the co-chairs of the sections”, he concluded.

Prof. Virvidakis indicated that people were asking him about the deadline for round tables and invited sessions. He urged that such deadlines should be set up and that the societies be informed of them in order to avoid getting proposals at the very last minute.

“The final deadline for submitted papers and registration is listed in the First Circular”, answered Prof. Moran. “Concerning the deadlines for round tables and Invited sessions, proposals will be accepted at least until the end of February 2018. During the upcoming meeting of the Executive Committee, I will propose to set formal deadlines for these sessions and to make them public”, added the Secretary-general. Prof. Moran added that proposals for Invited Sessions for the Athens Congress were accepted until the end of June 2013.

Prof. Thorgeirsdóttir expressed some worries that were conveyed to her by Prof. Herta Nagl as regards the dissemination of the first circular and of the information about the organization of the WCP. President Moran replied that the first circular would be sent again to all FISP members, and that the second circular, containing more information about the Congress, will be ready soon. He recalled that the basic information about the Congress is already available on the Congress website.

Prof. Virvidakis noted that information about the WCP should be spread by the Chinese Organizing Committee. He recalled that the Greek Organizing Committee had sent such information before the Congress to philosophy departments all over the world, and expressed his opinion that the Chinese organizers should advertise the WCP among the world philosophical community.

More worries were expressed by Prof. Kukoc. He recalled that one year before the Athens Congress the chairs of thematic sections already had reviewed contributed papers, while until now they do not have any and it seems that the process in this respect is not started. “Before the CD meeting in Benin I had reviewed 20 papers for thematic sections and now, on the eve of the WCP in Beijing, I have not gotten even one”, he stressed.

In response to this remark, President Moran observed that the progress of the organization is more or less as it was in Athens. “Now the people will begin to submit papers and what is important is that these papers be sent quickly to the chairs for evaluation” he said and recalled that, in terms of the practical organization, all of the plenary speakers have been invited, as well as all of the symposia speakers and chairs, even though there still are some gaps to be filled. Concerning the issue raised by Prof. Kukoc, he noted that according to the report of the COC there are, up to the moment, 6 submitted papers; he agreed that the COC should make more efforts for advertising the WCP in order to receive more submissions.

Prof. Scarantino remarked that the process related to submission of papers was considerably delayed by the fact that the website was not functioning until recently. “It was not ready until a few weeks ago, and yet several parts of it need to be adjusted, such as the lists of speakers for plenary sessions and symposia”, he stressed.

Prof. Virvidakis raised the issue of visas. “If people apply at the last minute they can have problems with the visa”, he noted. He also underlined the importance of having all necessary information and documents on time.

Prof. Sweet agreed that people should be encouraged to make visa arrangements early enough. He recalled the problem with visas that affected the delegation from Nigeria at the WCP in Greece, and which was worsened by the lack of time. He recommended to the Executive Committee to prepare the information concerning visa application very early and to urge people to apply for it as soon as possible. He also noted that the report of the Programme Committee mentioned the possibility for societies to meet in venues outside PKU, and recommended informing participants in advance. Prof. Moran observed that this option was mentioned to facilitate the participation of more universities in the Beijing region and the rest of China; but it is not sure yet whether it will be actually possible. As regards logistics of the Congress, Prof. Schrader underlined that people should receive complete information about public transportation in Beijing.

The debates continued with some remarks on the Programme of the Congress.

Prof. Lorenzano wondered about the meaning of the section “Philosophy at the margins”. Prof. Moran explained that this section was proposed during the first meeting of the Prgramme Committee; Prof. Virvidakis noted that, after Derrida, some people think that philosophizing from the margins is an advantage because that way philosophical discourse is decentralized; some radical philosophers like to argue from the margins, he explained.

Prof. Kukoc observed that the programme of the WCP includes some unfilled places for the chairs of symposia; he proposed Prof. Agazzi as chair for the symposium Human, Non-Human, Post-Human, arguing that Prof. Agazzi, as an internationally recognized specialist in the philosophy of science and bioethics fields, would be the most appropriate person for chairing this symposium. 

Prof. Moran agreed with the argument, but remarked that the proposal needed to be discussed with the COC, as there had already been a nomination of a Chinese chair for this symposium, although it was indeed not shown on the website of the Congress. Prof. Tu supported this opinion.

Summarizing the discussion, the Secretary-general gave assurance that all remarks would be sent to the COC, and brought to the attention of the Executive Committee in April.

 

                                               9. Nomination of the re-eligible CD members for the next term (2018-2023)

The Secretary-general informed the Steering Committee that the following members have served for three terms and are therefore no longer re-eligible:

Tomás Calvo-Martínez

Betul Çotuksöken

Marcelo Dascal

Thalía Fung Riverón

Ivan Kaltchev

Luca M. Scarantino

Marietta Stepaniants

William Sweet

He recalled that, according to the Bye-laws, the CD can nominate all the other members for re-election; he recalled that in the last terms the Steering Committee had nominated all re-eligible members; and he asked the CD whether it wished to continue this tradition.

Prof. Moran thanked all outgoing CD members for having served FISP for 15 years, and opened the discussion about the nomination of re-eligible members 

Prof. Schrader proposed to nominate for the new Steering Committee only those CD members who had attended at least one meeting since the last wcp, not counting the meeting in August 2013. He argued that the CD should nominate those who have taken their responsibility as regards the work of FISP. Prof. Agazzi supported this proposal; he affirmed that automatic nominations should be avoided; and favored the nominations of “active CD members, who have contributed to the work of the CD”.

Prof. Schrader also observed that so far the gender and geographical balances are not appropriately respected in the composition of the CD, as the Secretary-general noted in his report. Hence, he proposed that more positions be opened to balance gender and cultural diversity.

Prof. Kukoc agreed with this suggestion. He claimed that there are no reasons to nominate members who have not attended any CD meeting since the last Congress, even though some of them were very active in the previous Committees. Prof. Rendtorff also supported the proposal, but remarked that, among the re-eligible members, only two or three did not attend any CD meeting since the last WCP. Prof. Sweet agreed that members who did not attend any meeting since their election at the last Congress should not be considered for a new term, and that this should become a general rule for FISP.

President Moran concurred that those who did not attend any CD meeting since the last Congress should not be nominated for re-election automatically as it has been the tradition until now. Prof. Schrader then clarified that his proposal applies to those who did not attend any CD meeting since January 2014, as the CD meeting in August 2013 would not be taken into account.

Prof. Virvidakis pointed out that re-eligible CD members who would like to continue their work for FISP could be nominated by a member society.

In the subsequent discussion some voices were raised in favor of making an exception to the suggestion of Prof. Schrader for those CD members who did not attend any meeting since the last Congress but had been very active previously. However, this idea did not receive the agreement of the majority of CD members, who rejected the idea of such exceptions.

During the discussion, Prof. Sasaki announced his desire to not be nominated for a further term. He asked to remove his name from the list of re-eligible members. After several comments from the floor, Prof. Moran thanked him for all of his service during his two mandates, as well as for his commitment to FISP as Vice-President.

Summarizing the discussion, President Moran observed that there was a general consensus on Prof. Schrader’s proposal, i.e. that re-eligible CD members who have not attended any meeting since January 2014 would not be nominated automatically for re-election, although they could obviously be nominated by a national or international member society of FISP.

The CD endorsed the decision that re-eligible CD members who did not attend any CD meeting after January 2014 will not be nominated for re-election. It asked the Secretary-general to inform all CD members of this decision. 

The discussion continued upon Prof. Moran’s remark that the CD has a right to nominate other people, such as colleagues who are not members of the Steering Committee but have actively participated in the preparation of the Congress.

Prof. Virvidakis supported giving priority to a geographical balance in the composition of the CD when proceeding with nominations; he mentioned the case of India, which is absent from the current CD.

Prof. Schrader opposed the idea that the CD nominate external candidates; he argued that a nomination by the CD would make someone a favored candidate; and he suggested that nominations for vacant places in the CD should be made by member societies.

Prof. Agazzi argued that there was no problem for a philosopher from one country to be nominated by a society from another country: “Every national society can nominate people even outside its country, so if the Italian Philosophical Society would like to propose some Indian philosopher for CD member, it can do it”, he pointed out.

Prof. Kukoc agreed that the CD should include representatives from all over the world and that one significant country that is not represented currently is India. He recommended instead that nominations be solicited by CD members to member societies, with a particular care for geographical diversity.

The Secretary-general supported this suggestion. “The CD should actuively encourage the nomination of scholars from India”, he argued. He also mentioned the case of Chinese scholars who were actively involved in the preparation of the WCP, and who might be nominated as cd members.

Prof. Tu recommended that Chinese scholars be nominated by the members of FISP in China, i.e. the Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Institute of Philosophy of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He also suggested that the Executive Committee of the Congress might encourage these Chinese members of FISP to nominate candidates for the CD by proposing to them a tentative choice of candidates. He finally pointed out that nomination is just the first step of a process, whereas it is important for the nominated persons to be well informed about their functions as members of the CD.

In conclusion the Secretary-general agreed that it would be preferable to bring the issue of Chinese nominations to the attention of the Chinese philosophical community, possibly in conjunction with the Executive Committee of the Congress.

As a result of the discussion, the CD agreed to encourage FISP member societies to submit candidatures for the next term of the Steering Committee.

Prof. Virvidakis raised the issue of the advertising of the WCP. He observed that some scholars, especially young ones, hesitate to apply for the WCP as they may not have enough funding to attend the Congress. He suggested that FISP might provide some financial support for young persons (students, PhD students, and post-doc students) in order to help them attend the WCP.

In the frame of this discussion, Prof. Pozzo informed CD members that, according to information gathered in Beijing, it is unlikely for students to be accommodated in dormitories on the PKU campus. He stressed the importance of this issue, as students might be unable to pay 8 nights in Beijing.

Prof. Moran indicated that he had discussed this issue with the Vice-President of Peking University. It was explained that PKU can not provide student dormitories for the accommodation of Congress participants because, according to local academic rules, students are not obliged to leave their dorms in the summer. Consequently, the organizers cannot know in advance how many rooms will be available during the Congress. However, the Vice-President assured him that there is a new dormitory under construction which will be ready in Spring 2018 ; this new building could be used for the Congress.

Prof. Tu underlined that accommodation in Beijing could be very difficult and quite expensive. He agreed that the use of the student dorms might be problematic as, by contrast with American universities, students in China do not leave ther rooms in the summer. He also suggested to establish a written agreement with PKU about the possibility of using the new building for the Congress.

It was agreed that the President and the Secretary-general would discuss this issue during the upcoming meeting of the Executive Committee.

Then Prof. Moran raised the issue about the nomination of the new President. He recalled that it has been a tradition and practice that the Secretary-general becomes President and voiced strongly the nomination of Prof. Scarantino as next President of FISP.

Prof. Scarantino thanked the President for the confidence in him; he underlined that the governance of the Federation should continue reflecting cultural, geographic, and gender diversity; and he agreed that it is a tradition, and a duty of the Secretary-general, to keep serving FISP. “I have received several encouragements in this direction”, he concluded, accepting a nomination for the Presidency of FISP and expressing his gratitude for the Commitee’s trust.

Before moving to the next item, President Moran presented a special gift to Ms Emiliya Ivanova, who was attending her last CD meeting. He thanked her for her steady commitment to FISP, that dates back to 2009, and expressed the wish to be in touch with her until the end of her cooperation with FISP, in June 2017.

                                          10. Presentation of the Red Iberoamericana de Filosofía.

Prof. Vargas Lozano presented the newly established Iberoamerican Philosophical Network – Red Iberoamericana de Filosofía, which includes members from both Spain and Latin-American countries, such as Chile, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Paraguay, and Guatemala. He extensively illustrated its main activities and goals, its publications, meetings, conferences and future projects. Information about the activities of this network can be found on the web page  teachingphilosophy-fisp.org/index.php/rif   .

Prof. Moran thanked Prof. Vargas Lozano for presenting the Iberoamerican Philosophical Network. He urged all CD members to contribute to the activities of the Committee for Teaching of Philosophy by providing information related to the actions undertaken in this respect by the philosophical communities of their own countries.

 

                                           11. Membership Applications.

The Secretary-general informed the Steering Committee of 4 new requests for membership. Three of them were proceeding from national societies, one from an international society.

 

             11.1. Philosophy Sharing Foundation, Malta

Prof. Scarantino explained that this foundation supports philosophy teaching and debate. It gathers a small group of scholars, teachers, and people interested in philosophy in Malta; their main activity is philosophy teaching, but they also organize public lectures, philosophical conferences, and scholarly discussions, which may generate publications.

He supported this application stressing that this would be an opportunity to include philosophers from Malta in the larger FISP network. 

Prof. Kukoc remarked that FISP should accept philosophical societies from countries where FISP has still no members. Prof. Sweet, who drew attention to the open, inclusive character of FISP as organization also supported this application. So did Prof. Pozzo and Prof. Agazzi. At the end, Prof. Moran underlined that the PSF fulfills membership rules, and that it may play a significant tole in Malta, and concluded by endorsing its acceptance by FISP.

The Philosophy Sharing Foundation was accepted as a full member of FISP.

 

            11.2 Asociación Filosófica del Caribe Colombiano – AFCA

This application was submitted upon recommendation of the Vice-President, Prof. Velázquez, who presented it to the Steering Committee. She strongly recommended its acceptance as a member of FISP.

The proposal was supported by the President and the Secretary-general. Prof. Moran underlined the strong development of Colombian philosophy in recent times, particularly in the Caribbean region. It was noted as well that the application meets all requested criteria for membership.

The Asociación Filosófica del Caribe Colombiano was accepted as a full member of FISP.

 

            11.3 Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

The Secretary-general explained that the Institute of Philosophy is a part of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus; its status is therefore comparable to the Institute of Philosophy of the RAS, which is a member of FISP. He added that Russian members of FISP had been informed of this application, and had raised no objection.

This application was also endorsed by Prof. Moran and Prof. Seel.

The Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus was accepted as a full member of FISP.

 

             11.4. Friedrich Nietzsche Society. 

The Secretary-general presented the application received from the Friedrich Nietzsche Society. Several CD members (Moran, Pozzo, Seel, Sweet, Thorgeirsdóttir) stressed that it is a very solid international society, with important activities and very respected members. 

The Friedrich Nietzsche Society was accepted as a full member of FISP.

 

Prof. Sasaki asked the floor to inquire about the membership status of the International Association of Aesthetics. This might indeed have an impact on their capacity to nominate someone fpr the Steering Committee.

The Secretary-general explained that the IAA was admitted in 2012 as a full member of FISP with two votes, although since then they had requested to be considered as a Corresponding member instead. They would be eligible to change their status into full members, Prof. Scarantino added; he also asked Prof. Sasaki whether he could inquire with the IAA about the status they would prefer; in case they would be willing to become a full member of FISP, the IAA status could be revised at the next CD meeting.

Prof. Sasaki answered that he would consult the IAA about this. He wondered whether they would be entitled to nominate a candidate even as Corresponding member; since he would be quitting the chairpersonship of the Committee on Aesthetics, Prof. Sasaki would like to promote a nomination from the iAA to replace him. To this effect, Prof. Agazzi recalled that it would be perfectly possible for a Corresponding member to submit a nomination for the CD.

Prof. Virvidakis informed members that he was recently approached by the newly formed European Society for the Study of Ethics, who expressed their interest in applying for FISP membership. He presented briefly this society and asked whether it could apply for membership.

The Secretary-general explained that he had also been contacted by a representative of this society in the past, but that no formal step had followed. Prof. Moran added that since the society in question was established recently, it was unlikely to meet the criterion of the two years of existence.

                                         12. Requests for Patronage

Two requests for FISP’s patronage were received by the Secretary-general.

The International Ontology Congress requested FISP patronage for its next edition, in 2018. Prof. Scarantino explained that FISP had given its sponsorship to this Congress in the past; that its support had helped organizers raise money for the last edition of the Congress; and that this request was strongly endorsed by Prof. Calvo Martínez.

The patronage of FISP to the International Ontology Congress, 2018 was approved.

Former CD member Prof. Hontoundji requested FISP Patronage for the International Conference Être humain en Afrique aujourd’hui”, to be held in Cotonou, Benin, on November 29 to December 1, 2017. This meeting was presented by Prof. Hountondji as an African contribution to the preparation of the WCP in Beijing.

The Patronage of FISP to the International Conference “Être humain en Afrique aujourd’hui” was approved.

                                         13. Next CD Meeting 

The Secretary-general recalled that the next CD meeting will be held in Beijing on the eve of the WCP 2018. He explained that the decision for further meeting should be left to the new Steering Committee, to be elected in Beijing. To ensure a smooth transition, he invited re-eligible members to consider inviting the CD in 2019 or 2020, as it might be hard for newly elected members to host a CD meeting in their first year.

President Moran recalled that normally the CD meetings would be held in Spring, and agreed with the Secretary-general that it would be wise to schedule potential invitations in advance.

Prof. Thorgeirsdóttir inquired about the form of the meeting. She asked whether a CD meeting should always be connected with a large conference as was the case in Abidjan. “If I organize a meeting like that or just a meeting related to a big conference, I would need two years for preparing it, especially for raising the necessary funds”, she explained. She wondered whether it would be possible to change the format of the CD meeting in order to include just CD members, or at most a small accompanying conference. 

Prof. Scarantino explained that the format of the CD meeting might definitely be transformed. In general, he explained, such format depends on the wishes and concerns of the hosting community, which in most cases is also what causes the CD to be invited to meet in that particular place. “You can have large scholarly meetings as we had recently in Abidjan or in Bangkok, but you can also host a CD meeting with a very small conference, such as in Ischia in 2009”, he noted.

Prof. Schrader added that another possibility would be to gather a small group of local philosophers and students, whose papers might be discussed with CD members.

In conclusion, Prof. Moran remarked that the format of the CD meeting is very flexible. He appealed to re-eligible CD members who might be willing to host future CD meetings to start planning them, and have their proposals ready in 2018.

 

                                          14. 25th World Congress of Philosophy (2023).

The Secretary-general recalled that so far two member societies have expressed their wish to bid for the WCP 2023: the Australasian Association of Philosophy, which has announced its intention to submit a bid to host the Congress in Melbourne, Australia, and the Japanese Federation of Philosophical Societies, which has shown interest in hosting the WCP but is still debating the feasibility of such a bid.

Prof. Scarantino added that, according to the information provided by Prof. Chateaubriand, it is unlikely to receive a bid from Brazil, although he cannot exclude that a new bid would come from the group which presented the candidacy of Rio de Janeiro in Athens.

He informed the CD that preliminary information was also requested by, and provided to, the Canadian Philosophical Association, in late September 2016; he had received no further information since.

In the end, he underlined that he was not aware of any other proposal at this stage, but that the possibility of additional bids before the Beijing Congress cannot be excluded. In the end, he concluded, the Assembly will have to vote on all viable bids.

Prof. Sweet expressed his concerns regarding the possibility of having a WCP in Australia in August. This would be in concordance with the tradition of FISP, but not with the Australian academic calendar; he asked whether there were timing regulations with regard to the organization of the WCP and whether it would be possible to change the time of the WCP, e.g. to June or late July.

The Secretary-general explained that there is no strict regulation in this respect. The tradition of organizing them in August, or around the end of July, proceeds from considerations about academic calendars, he added: this gives a clear predominance to scholars from the Northern hemisphere, and should not be considered as a rule. He observed that a World Congress of History of Art was held in Melbourne in January 2008; a WCP could hypothetically be held around the end of the year too, if the organizers were to suggest this solution; a fortiori, June, July, or September would also be viable dates.

Prof. Virvidakis supported the candidacy of Australia. He considered that it would open new horizons, new possibilities for philosophical exchanges. “I believe that this proposal should be considered very seriously; we would go not just to a new continent, but to a community of philosophers who are very good; that will be an enrichment, some kind of raising the level and scale of the WCP in general” he argued. “I always thought that we should attract philosophers from communities such as Australia: this could change not only the quality of the WCP, but also the way in which the WCP is viewed by other philosophers” Prof. Virvidakis added.

President Moran commented on the interest expressed by the Japanese Federation of Philosophical Societies. “When I was in December in Japan, I met a number of Japanese philosophers who were interested in hosting the WCP; they are seriously discussing the issue; at this stage, their main concern is of a financial nature, given the large scale of a World Congress. In both Japan and Australia", he said, "universities do not have access to centralised state funding as they do in China".

These concerns were confirmed by Prof. Sasaki, who nonetheless said that the younger generation of Japanese scholars is very active and eager to host a World Congress. Preliminary discussions on this possibility have been going on for a while across the philosophical and academic community of Japan; and a final decision will be made once all the necessary conditions will be fulfilled.

Prof. Moran ended the discussion on an optimistic tone: “We have at least two important proposals for the WCP 2023, coming from two philosophically strong countries – Australia and Japan”, he said.

 

                                            15. Reports of FISP Committees.

President Moran opened the floor for the reports of the consultative committees of FISP.

 

             15.1. Committee on Aesthetics.

The report of the Committee on Aesthetics, submitted by Prof. Sasaki, was structured in three main points:

1. the need for a new chairpersonship of the Committee;

2. the activities proposed for the WCP 2018, namely the organisation of three invited sessions;

3. future activities, including the edition of a book on Aesthetics in the 20th Century.

In the aftermath of the CD meeting, Prof. Sasaki sent the following report:

Dear all,

In Buenos Aires, we had two meetings and I reported the results to the CD of FISP as follows:

1. Under the current constitution of the members, we have a serious anxiety about the survival of our Committee in the next term of FISP. Especially we need a candidate for new chair (I expressed my wish to retire from the cd of FISP). We find such a candidate in Prof. Curtis Carter (now an external member), and wish to explore the possibility of his election.

2. As Invited Sessions on aesthetics at the Beijing Congress, we proposed the following three:

  1. Aesthetic Consciousness in East Asia, chaired by Prof. Josik Min (Korea);
  2. City Life and Rural Life, chaired by Prof. Jianping Gao (China);
  3. Aesthetics and Art Criticism, chaired by Prof. Curtis Carter (USA).

3. As a proper project of the Committee, we proposed to edit a brochure/book on the subject of “Aesthetics in the 20th Century”. We experienced a radical change of aesthetics in the last century. Therefore it should be useful to gather brief descriptions of the history of 20th century aesthetics in different countries.

Prof. Ken-ichi Sasaki

Chair of the Committee of Aesthetics

President Moran thanked Prof. Sasaki for the report, as well as for all his work as Chair of the Committee of Aesthetics. He also pointed out that all invited sessions will be noted in the second circular.

 

              15.2. Committee on General Policy

The report was presented by the Chair of the Committee on General Policy, Prof. David Schrader.

Emphasis was put on the proposal to revise the Bye-laws in the part related to the geographical composition of the CD. Prof. Schrader observed that this rule was introduced in 1973 and that it was a good thing at that time, as it took into account the general concern for linguistic diversity by deciding that there could be only one representative from any one country; the only exception would apply to someone who would be proposed by an international society. He remarked that nowadays this rule creates serious complications and consequently suggested the elimination of Chapter ii, Article 5 of the Bye-laws.

Report of the Committee on General Policy

The Committee on General Policy carried on electronic communication prior to the 2017 CD meeting in order to consider Statutes and Bye-laws revisions to be presented to the 2018 Congress.

After the 2013 Congress in Athens there seemed to be considerable agreement that a revision was required in the last paragraph of Chapter II, Article 5 of the Bye-Laws. That paragraph currently reads:

 “In order to secure a fair geographical composition of the Steering Committee, no country will have more than one member elected to the Steering Committee (not taking into consideration the President and the Secretary General), with the following exceptions: (i) The United States of America may have up to two representatives; (ii) The same privilege is extended to the country hosting a World Congress of Philosophy (in the sense that, as a consequence of the elections held at the General Assembly taking place on the occasion of that Congress, the resulting Steering Committee may include up to two members from this country); (iii) A country may have an additional member if this is the result of the fact that he or she was a candidate nominated by an international member society of FISP and received the necessary number of votes.”

There was a question raised some years ago over the proper interpretation of the paragraph. On one interpretation a country could gain one (and only one) additional member of the Steering Committee so long as that member was nominated by an International Member Society. The other interpretation, which was adopted, was that a country could gain multiple additional members so long as each of those additional members was nominated by an International Member Society.

The second interpretation, which has been operative for some time, made the entire paragraph moot. It allowed in principle for the possibility of the entire CD being from the same country, so long as they were nominated by International Member Societies. Clearly, that interpretation has not produced significant problems of geographical composition. As long as, among the current CD membership, Wolfgang Kaltenbacher is regarded as Austrian rather than Italian and Wenchao Li is regarded as German rather than Chinese, the only country that has more than two CD members is Mexico.

The Committee on General Policy agreed to propose that the CD recommend to the 2018 General Assembly that the above-noted paragraph should simply be deleted from the Bye-Laws.

Respectfully submitted, 

Prof. David E. Schrader

Chair, Committee on General Policy.

The report was followed by a short discussion.

President Moran remarked that decisions on the rules should be taken by the General Assembly: the Steering Committee could just suggest to the Assembly to eliminate this paragraph.

Prof. Agazzi supported the Committee’s proposal, arguing that it is not justified to have one representative from large countries with many member societies. “At the time of my Presidency”, he said, “we should have 1 representative for one country even for a country as big as the Soviet Union.” He also suggested that if a candidate receives, say, 25 votes at the Assembly, that candidate should be elected regardless of which country he or she comes from. He concluded by specifying that members of the Steering Committee should not be considered as representatives of their native country.

Following a vote, the Steering Committee unanimously agreed to propose to the General Assembly to remove the last paragraph of Chapter ii, article 5 of the Bye-laws.

 

             15.3. Committee on Intercultural Philosophy – Report.

Over the past 4 ½ years, the Committee has been modestly active. It has not been able to schedule a meeting during the FISP CD meetings, but it has been able to accomplish a few things.

1) A volume entitled, What is Intercultural Philosophy?, was published 2 years ago, and is available in print and electronically. I edited this volume, and invited members of the CD as well as some international scholars to contribute to it.

2) The Committee regularly collaborates with the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (CRVP) in organizing and participating in conferences. As the CD knows, the CRVP has an established relationship with the Committee and with FISP, such that CRVP meetings can be designated as co-sponsored by FISP.

In December 2015, a small group interested in the work of the CRVP (including Robert Neville, Charles Taylor, Jose Casanova, Indra Nath Choudhury, William Sweet), met with the late George McLean to discuss activities leading up to the 24th World Congress of Philosophy, in Beijing. The theme decided on was “Re-learning to be Human” – which resonates with that of the World Congress itself. Since then, some 15 conferences have been organized in Asia (including China and India), Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe on this theme and on various sub-themes. Through our association with the CRVP, members of the Committee, such as Professors Aavani, Agbakoba, and Sweet, have participated in a number of these conferences. 

3) The Committee plans to contribute to future CRVP conferences, and will forward a list to members of the CD in the event that they would like to participate.

Prof. William Sweet

Chair, Committee on Intercultural Philosophy

Prof. Sweet added that the Committee plans to organise in the current and next year some conferences in affiliation with the WCP; the contributions from the already held conferences will be published in different volumes.

Prof. Moran thanked him for the report and suggested including a link to the Committee's website in the website of FISP.

 

             15.4. Committee on Teaching of Philosophy – Report.

Philosophy has experienced a series of problems throughout the last few years in terms of its reduced teaching in high schools and at the university level and in the levels of public recognition of its social value.

This phenomenon has diverse causes but in general can be attributed to the increasing domination of the mercantilization of all of the spheres of life and the promotion of a type of education which emphasizes technological dimensions.

In various countries in the Ibero-American region the teaching of philosophy at the high school and university levels has been eliminated or severely limited, but nonetheless we do not yet have a precise diagnosis as to the overall status of its teaching and dissemination in the region.

It is for this reason that the Red Española de filosofía (REF, Spanish Philosophical Network); the Observatorio Filosófico de México (OFM, the Philosophical Observatory of Mexico); the Asociación Filosófica de México (AFM, the Mexican Philosophical Association) and the Instituto de filosofía del CSIC (España, the Philosophical Institute of Spain) have issued a call for the formation of a Latin American Network of Philosophical Societies which will meet on April 19th and 20th, 2017, under the auspices of the Universidad Federal of Bahía (Brazil) 

In order to gather some initial data regarding the status of philosophy in the region, we have sent out the following questions:

  • Are philosophical disciplines included as required courses at the middle or high school level?
  • Have required courses in philosophy been eliminated recently? And if this is so, what have been the reasons given for such changes?
  • Are there permanent channels available for the dissemination of philosophical content, and what is their effectiveness?
  • Any additional comments.

Dr. Antonio Campillo, the President of the Spanish Philosophical Network, has formulated a more detailed survey focused on contexts of higher education.

Philosophical associations located in the following countries have responded so far:

Argentina, Brasil, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, España, Honduras, México, Panamá, Portugal, República Dominicana, Uruguay,Venezuela 

These responses are available online here at the website of the Committee, teachingphilosophy-fisp.org/index.php/fisp-filos-in-world-m 

Some highlights of the responses thus far include:

1. NO TEACHING OF PHILOSOPHY.

In some countries such as the Dominican Republic and others in Central America, philosophy has not been taught for some time at the middle and high school levels.

2. PHILOSOPHY COURSES WERE ELIMINATED BY THE GOVERNMENT BUT THIS MEASURE WAS REVERSED DUE TO PUBLIC PRESSURE. 

In other countries such as Mexico, the government decided in 2008 to eliminate the philosophical disciplines (ethics, logic, esthetics, introduction to philosophy) that had been required courses for decades. The opposition to these measures organized by the Philosophical Observatory of Mexico was successful in pressuring the government to restore the overall framework of the humanities and the philosophical disciplines which had been eliminated.

3. CONTINUING STRUGGLES IN DEFENSE OF PHILOSOPHICAL DISCIPLINES.

In Chile, the government sought to institute an educational reform to eliminate philosophy but these plans were revealed and Chilean philosophy professors were able to compel the government to establish forums for public debate as to these proposed measures. The proposed reforms are still pending.

4. PHILOSOPHICAL DISCIPLINES HAVE BEEN CUT BACK BUT EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN OR RESTORE THEM CONTINUE. 

In Spain there were four required courses with philosophical dimensions:

Education for citizenship and human rights”, “Civic Ethics”, “Philosophy”, and “History of Philosophy"          

An educational reform law promoted by the government eliminated three of these courses and left only one that was still required, the Philosophy course. A required course in Religion was maintained with another focused on Ethical Values instituted as an alternative option, and a course regarding the History of Spain was substituted instead of the course on the History of Philosophy.

Despite the opposition of all of the relevant schools, institutes, associations, and oposition political parties, the country’s conservative government has persisted in its efforts to eliminate these courses.

5. DISSEMINATION

In some of the countries surveyed there are specialized journals and large numbers of books published but there are no journals or ongoing media for mass dissemination of philosophical content. There is a generalized social perception that philosophy is not useful.

There is a widespread debate regarding the causes of the weakening or disappearance of philosophy attributable to:

-Educational policies at the global level

-The critical character of philosophy

-The impact of economic, political, and ideological transformations, including challenges related to the characteristics of the digital revolution and other related factors.

We need FISP’s support of the creation of the Latin American Network of Philosophical Societies and of additional future actions in support of the strengthening of philosophy and its place.

Prof. Gabriel Vargas Lozano.

Profesor titular del Departamento de Filosofía 
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Unidad Iztapala,

 Presidente de la comisión sobre la enseñanza de la filosofía de la 
Federación Internacional de Sociedades de Filosofía (FISP0,

Director de la Enciclopedia electrónica de la Filosofía Mexicana 

 

Prof. Vargas Lozano also announced that the Committee on Teaching of Philosophy will organize, along with the Mexican Philosophical Association and the Metropolitan Autonomous University, a Colloquium entitled “The Meaning of Philosophy in Education,” to be held on November 15-17, 2017 in Mexico City. Within this event, the organisers will also celebrate the World Philosophy Day at the Mexican Senate with the purpose of attracting the public’s attention to the importance of philosophy. Prof. Vargas Lozano invited all CD members to attend it.

 

              15.5  Committee on Gender Issues – Report.

“The Committee on Gender Issues is very active and takes seriously the importance of the WCP 2018; we are preparing different initiatives on gender issues for the WCP”, Prof. Þorgeirsdóttir said in the beginning. Before presenting these initiatives, she expressed her worries about the few academic positions occupied by women philosophers in China. Then she presented the 4 issues that the Committee will try to implement in the WCP.

1. The Simone de Beauvoir Endowed Lecture. Speaker: Prof. Judith Butler.

It was decided that Gender Committee members make efforts to secure sustainable financing of the Endowed lecture series into the future. This means raising around 25,000US$ for establishing the lecture series.

2. Calendar of Women Philosophers.

Begin the work of the Calendar and deliver a print ready copy to the WCP organizers in order to have the Calendar part of the Congress folder for registered Congress participants. Robin Wang will check into how much it costs to print ca. 5,000-6,000 copies of the calendar in China. Emphasis will be put on good paper and print quality.

We will have for every week a short text of women philosophers from all over the world along with pictures of them, in view of having a global representation of women philosophers. We will be very keen to show women philosophers from different parts of the world, different ages and different fields of philosophy: At this stage, the Committee has assembled over 150 names of women philosophers, from Greek philosophy on.

3. Exhibition of women philosophers at WCP, pending financial grant for the artist that she is applying for.

Prof. Þorgeirsdóttir will ask Catrine Val to send the Gender Committee a selection of photos to be proposed for an exhibition in Beijing. The Committee wants to secure regional representation of women thinkers.

4. A draft website of the Gender Committee was presented and discussed. 

This draft version includes information about the Gender Committee with its area of work – gender and philosophy; general information about the WCP along with the activities of the Committee in it; information about the Simone de Beauvoir lecture with a link to Judith Butler’s page; reference to women’s research centres in the world along with conferences that they are sponsoring; information on research on gender and philosophy and research centres, conferences, publications having to do with this; gender statistics in philosophy, and other related information. The current address of the website is: www.fispgender.weebly.com .

Prof. Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir

Chair of the Committee on Gender issues

Prof. Virvidakis suggested that the Committee gather people for two WCP roundtables: one on Women and Philosophy, and another on Philosophizing in Gender. He invited all CD members to provide information about women philosophers in their own countries, as well as on related philosophical events in their countries. He mentioned that groups of women philosophers in Greece do hold some events, although not very systematically.

Prof. Sweet proposed including in these round tables women philosophers from China and women thinkers in the field of gender.

In response to this remark, Prof. Tu observed that in China there are many women in the humanities: literature, history, philosophy, etc., but with regard to the leadership positions taken by them the emergence of young women leaders is not frequent. So, he suggested that the Committee on Gender might also undertake research and prepare statistics about how many women in philosophy and the human sciences arrive at leadership positions.

Prof. Þorgeirsdóttir expressed her thanks for all suggestions and appealed to the CD members to send to the Committee on Gender useful information for the women’s calendar, as well as information regarding statistics on women and their positions in philosophy and the human sciences.

 

              15.6. Committee on Philosophical Encounters and International Cooperation – Report.

The Committee was very successful under the Presidency of Prof. Maya Kule; she published 3 volumes of books on “Philosophy in the current situation” which include papers from 28 particular countries: USA, Canada, Finland, Baltic states, Germany, Czech Republic, Croatia, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Iran, China, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, Nigeria, Philippines, Japan, UK, Holland, Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Slovenia, Armenia…

The Committee is trying to collect papers from different countries on the subject of the current situation of philosophy. The actual work of the Committee is to collect papers on the subject of contemporary philosophy from many countries and especially from the countries which are not already covered in the published volumes such as some regions in the Balkans, Asia and Africa. A first deadline could be set for March 1, 2018.

Contributions should be focused mainly on the contemporary situation of philosophy in the region, on the current philosophical tendencies there, along with information on current philosophical activity (journals, books, etc.) and concluding with perspectives on the development of philosophy in the region. All these articles will be published in Croatia, first in the International Journal of Philosophy, which is printed in 3 languages – English, French and German, and then in a separate book which will be the 4th volume of the Committee on Philosophical Encounters and International Cooperation.

Prof. Mislav Kukoc.

Chair, Committee on Philosophical Encounters and International Cooperation

President Moran thanked Prof. Kukoc for this report.

 

              15.7. Committee on Bioethics and the Ethics of the Sciences

Prof. Rendtorff summarized the recent activities of the Committee.

He, as chair, gave a lecture on global responsibility in bioethics at the Universität Bayreuth, in 2016. He also participated in a conference on bioethics organised by Profs. Peter Kemp and Noriko Hashimoto in Istanbul in October 2016. The conference was on bioethics and justice and was held at the Swedish Research Institute in Turkey; during it there was some global exchange between East and West on the questions of ethics and bioethics. He also attended a conference related to the contemporary debates on moral philosophy, organised by the new European society of moral philosophy, where he gave a paper on global bioethics.

The second point of the report was related to future activities planned by the Committee.

The Committee will organise at the WCP 2018 an Invited Session on “Bioethics in Different Cultural Perspectives”. It intends to invite for this session persons from different countries: Denmark, Germany, USA, Balkans, etc. The aim is to gather together not only philosophers, specialists in bioethics, but also people working in economics and business ethics. One of the future projects of the Committee is the establishment of an inter-disciplinary group to research problems of bioethics.

In the subsequent discussion, the Secretary-general asked for some information concerning the Invited Session on “Bioethics in Different Cultural Perspectives” proposed by the Committee.

Prof. Kukoc, on behalf of the Committee, explained that the idea of this session was to present the visions of bioethics from different parts of the world: Prof. Schrader and Prof. Rendtorff will present the American and European principles of bioethics, Prof. Agazzi the Latin American vision on the topic and he himself would talk about bioethics from a Mediterranean perspective.

He remarked, in addition, that the Committee was very interested in also having participants from China, India, and other different cultures who can present particular cultural approaches to the subject.

Prof. Moran thanked Prof. Rendtorff for his report.

                                                             16. IPO

Prof. Moran recalled that the IPO 2017 will be held in Rotterdam on May 25-28; its general theme will be “Tolerance”. As usual, three members of the Steering Committee of FISP shall be part of the Jury of the IPO. The Secretary-general explained that, according to the IPO rules, they would include the President of FISP, who is also President of the Jury, the chair of the Committee for the Teaching of Philosophy, and another member.

Prof. Moran indicated that he would be able to attend the IPO; not so Prof. Vargas Lozano. Hence, the CD was invited to nominate two representatives. Prof. Moran added that cultural and gender balance should be sought in the composition of the FISP delegation. He explained that the hosting country covers the accommodation expenses, while FISP would cover travel subsidies, and asked Prof. Hashimoto whether she would agree to serve as a judge at the IPO in Rotterdam. Following her positive reply, Prof. Kemp was nominated and accepted to be a member of the IPO jury.

Prof. Moran, Prof. Kemp and Prof. Hashimoto were nominated as representatives of FISP at the IPO 2017 

(Shortly after the CD meeting, Prof. Moran had to cancel his participation due to an unexpected commitment; Prof. Scarantino replaced him in the IPO Jury.)

Prof. Kaltenbacher asked how the judges for the ipo 2018 will the nominated since there will be no CD meeting before May 2018. The Secretary-general explained that usually this decision is made through e-mail consultation of CD members, normally by early February.

At the end, Prof. Moran informed the CD about a letter of complaint he received with regard to the selection process carried out by the Indian IPO committee. In reaction to this complaint, he wrote to the IPO Standing Committee as well as to the head of the Indian IPO committee in order to check the selection procedure. As a result of this correspondence, he was notified that India changed the rules for the national competition because of the large number of applications. “So, for the time being the selection process in India is different from the other countries; but it is important for FISP to keep a general oversight over the IPO”, he concluded

                                                           17. CIPSH Assembly and Conference on the Humanities.

President Moran announced that he and the Secretary-general would attend the upcoming Assembly of CIPSH, the International Council for Philosophy and the Human Sciences, to be held in Liège, Belgium, on 6-12 August, 2017. The Assembly would take place in the frame of a large Conference on the Humanities; Prof. McBride will also be present as a member of the CIPSH Executive Committee.

Prof. Moran expressed his hopes that this organisation will be able to re-establish the important international role it has played in the area of the human sciences. He observed that the current Secretary-general, Prof. Luiz Oosterbeek, wants to reinforce the relations of CIPSH with UNESCO.

Prof. McBride voiced some concerns about the little publicity about the Conference on the Humanities. He underlined that the lack of any funding for CIPSH from UNESCO, which had long-lastingly provided funding for its activities, raised serious questions about its activities in the future.

 

                                                               18. Varia

  1. Letter of protest in defence of humanities.

Prof. Lepore announced that very soon the new U.S. administration would likely be proposing the suppression of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He called for FISP intervention in the matter. More concretely, he requested that the President of FISP write a protest letter on behalf of FISP.

Prof. Schrader seconded this proposal, and indicated that copies of this letter should be sent to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and to the Majority Leader of the Senate.

Prof. Moran agreed to do this on behalf of FISP.

 

        2. Archives of FISP

 Prof. Sweet indicated that recently the Council of Research in Values and Philosophy has published a book on intercultural philosophy, and asked whether it can be included in the archives of FISP.

Prof. Moran stated that the issue of FISP archives is a priority, and agreed that this book should be included in the Archives. He remarked also that it is important to increase the on-line records regarding the archives. 

Prof. Kemp indicated that he was ready to give to the archives all the documents from the period of his Presidency; he considered they could be useful for a future history of FISP.

Prof. Agazzi recommended to contact the Director of the Düsseldorf Institute of Philosophy for all matters relating to FISP archives; according to his understanding, he added, nobody is currently in charge of the archives.

Prof. Moran promised to write a letter to the Director of the Düsseldorf Institute in regard to the archives of FISP. He recalled that the Director of the Philosophy Documentation Center George Leaman is interested in gathering all documents related to the WCP and has established an electronic archive, which can include other materials.

 

      3. Conference in Bariloche, Argentina.

At the end of the meeting, in answer to the interest expressed by some CD members as regards the conference in Bariloche, Prof. Lorenzano gave some details on the history and rationale of the Bariloche philosophical symposia, and acquainted the Steering Committee with the actual theme of the 2017 symposium, which would begin just after the CD meeting in Buenos Aires. He also thanked the CD for accepting the invitation of the Universidad Tres Febrero and those who actually attended the meeting in Buenos Aires.

President Moran expressed his special thanks to Prof. Lorenzano, to the Universidad Tres Febrero, and to the philosophical community of Argentina for hosting the CD meeting in Buenos Aires and for attending the scholarly conference that preceded it.

 

There being no other matter of discussion, the meeting adjourned on March 14 at 13h30.