NEWSLETTER/BULLETIN SPRING/SUMMER 2017

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