set of related research efforts is currently in process:
Heritage and Contemporary Change: Philosophical
Foundations for Social Life. Focused, mutually
coordinated research teams in university centers prepare
studies as part of an integrated philosophic search for
self-understanding differentiated by culture and
civilization. These evolve more adequate understandings of
the person in society and look to the cultural heritage of
each for the resources to respond to the challenges both
of its own specific contemporary transformation and of
meeting all other civilizations in global times.
2. Seminars on
Culture and Contemporary Issues. This series of 10 week
crosscultural and interdisciplinary seminars is coordinated
by the RVP in Washington.
3. Joint-Colloquia with
Institutes of Philosophy of the National Academies of
Science, university philosophy departments, and societies.
Underway since 1976 in Eastern Europe and, since 1987, in
China, these concern the person in contemporary society
with special attention to their cultural heritage and its
progressive application in response to the needs of our
of Moral Education and Character Development. A
study in values and education which unites philosophers,
psychologists, social scientists and scholars in education
in the elaboration of ways of enriching the moral content
of education and character development. This work has been
underway since 1980.
The personnel for these projects consists of established
scholars willing to contribute their time and research as
part of their professional commitment to life in