Nature and Purpose


These colloquia have the following characteristics.

(1) They had been developed particularly for work with groups of philosophers in areas in which metaphysics in principle has not been a point of recent interest, but who were concerned inevitably with the basic issues in philosophy.

(2) They focus upon a specific theme of common interest, which they treat, not as a dialogue of opposing views, but as a point of mutual concern and cooperative inquiry regarding ideas still in flux--even, at times, by using papers which are still being drafted and have not yet achieved final form.

(3) The number of participants at these colloquia have been kept to 15 or less so that all might join around the same table and all might be actively engaged.

(4) The number of papers presented has generally been held to one paper per three-hour session in order to promote in-depth discussion. Over a period of three days the cumulative effect of these discussions has been to achieve a solid appreciation of complementary insights and thereby to deepen the horizons.

Three colloquia each have been held with the representatives of the Academies of Science in Poland and Hungary, two with representatives of the Bulgarian Philosophical Society, and one each with the Philosophy Dept. of Peking University (a volume of proceedings will be published in Chinese and in English) and the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. These exchanges will be continued and discussions regarding the development of such colloquia have been held with the academies of other nations.


Sequence of the Joint Colloquia:

Colloquia have been held with the following:

A. Poland: The Institute of Philosophy of the Polish Academy of Sciences


1. The Nature and Origin of Good and Evil

- Munich


2. Man and Creativity: Praxis, Consciousness and Con- templation

- Warsaw


3. The Collectivity and the Individual

- Bellagio, Italy


B. Hungary: The Institute of Philosophy, The Hungarian Academy of Sciences


1. Person and Action

- Bonn


2. Rationality and Historicity

- Budapest


3. The Nature of Society

- Laval, Quebec


C. Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Philosophical Society


1. Philosophy and Styles of Political Thought

- Sophia


2. The Nature of Society

- Boston


D. U.S.S.R: The Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sci ence of the U.S.S.R.


1. Society and Values

- Moscow


E. China: The Department of Philosophy, Peking University


1. Man and Nature (see table of contents, p. 171-172)

- Beijing