STUDIES IN METAPHYSICS
The International Society for Metaphysics was initiated at the XIVth World Congress of Philosophy held in Varna, Bulgaria, in 1973. The purpose of the Society was to promote work on fundamental issues in philosophy, taken in the broad sense of going beyond questions of methods, analysis and ideology in order to draw upon the classical tradition of philosophy and to apply this to the philosophical issues raised regarding the sense of life in our times.
Under the direction of H.D. Lewis, Ivor Leclerc and Margaret Chatterjee as Presidents, and George F. McLean as Executive Secretary, the Society undertook an ambitious set of three international conferences on the human person in its relation, respectively, to nature, to society and to God, concluding with a fourth general conference on the nature of metaphysical knowledge.
Upon consultation of the membership, this series was followed by a second series on the implications of the developing sense of the person for inter-personal life. This treated society in relation, respectively, to unity, to truth and justice, and to the good.
Finally, in order to study in detail the implications of the creativity of persons in society, a series of general conferences was held on culture in relation, respectively, to symbols, to nature, to values and to morality.
In retrospect, it can be seen that this series of conferences both reflected and led the evolution of contemporary philosophical inquiry along its path from person, to society, to culture. The next set of ISM conferences will carry this one step further in focusing upon the humanization of society and its transformation from technical structure to personal community.
In keeping with its international character, the ISM was the first philosophical society to hold its general conferences serially on all the continents, thereby inviting the philosophers of the many parts of the world to play an equal role in the development of these investigations. In terms of the sociology of philosophy this transformation from a relatively ethnocentric Greco-latin past to full participation by philosophers from all cultures is the major step of this decade. It promises, in turn, vastly to enrich the content of philosophy and to broaden thereby human vision and international cooperation for the coming century. The list of volumes deriving from these international conferences is found below in this chapter.
Related projects include that on Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Life described in Chapter XIV and the series of joint colloquia with Eastern European and Chinese Scholars described in Chapter XVI.
THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR METAPHYSICS
STUDIES IN METAPHYSICS
Edited by: George F. McLean and Hugo Meynell
A. METAPHYSICS AND THE HUMAN PERSON
Vol. 1. Person and Nature
Vol. 2. Person and Society
Vol. 3. Person and God
Vol. 4. The Nature of Metaphysical Knowledge
B. METAPHYSICS AND SOCIETY
Vol. 5. Society and Unity
Vol. 6. Society, Truth and Human Rights
Vol. 7. Society and the Good
C. METAPHYSICS AND CULTURE
Vol. 8. The Metaphysics of Culture
Vol. 9. Metaphysics, Culture and Symbols
Vol. 10. Metaphysics, Culture and Nature
Vol. 11. Metaphysics, Culture and Values
Vol. 12. Metaphysics, Culture and Morality
*These volumes are being co-published by The International Society for Metaphysics and The University Press of America (Washington, D.C.) with the support of The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy.