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Invitation to an International Conference

Philosophy Emerging from Culture

(To be held in Seoul, Korea on July 27-29, 2008, immediately preceding the 21st World Congress of Philosophy)

Seoul, South Korea

July 27-29, 2008




The theme of the 2008 World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul, "Rethinking Philosophy Today" is most appropriate. The year 2000 proved not only to be the beginning of a new millennium, but also the end of the 400 years of the modern era. Philosophers had already begun to speak of a post-modern era, and the attempt to enter this new global arena in terms of the old coordinates of control for national self-interests has quickly shown itself to be a formula for disaster. It is truly time to rethink the philosophical enterprise, to look for a new paradigm able to integrate the achievements of the past while moving into a radically new era.


 As groundwork for this broad task The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) -- with the International Society for Metaphysics (ISM), the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies (WUCPS) and Soongsil University and the assistance of National University of Taiwan -- will hold a conference in Seoul during the three days immediately prior the World Congress of Philosophy distinct therefrom and focused specifically on "Philosophy Emerging from Culture".


Global times now endow -- and challenge -- philosophy with a broad diversity of cultures and civilizations. At the same time the progressive deepening of human concerns reaches beyond what is clear and distinct to what is of meaning and value, and beyond that which is universal and necessary to free human creativity. That is, to persons and communities which over time and space have cumulatively generated cultural traditions. These two dimensions: one of global breadth and the other of the depth of the human spirit, now combine to open new sources for philosophy as the work of the human spirit.

The intent of this pre-Congress conference will be to examine this new dynamic of philosophy, moving now not only top-down to restrictively apply broad principles, but bottom-up from the full breadth of human experience and creativity to evolve more rich vision which can liberate and guide.


The conference will elaborate this theme in three carefully sequenced plenary sessions: "The Dynamics of Change"; "The Nature of Cultures"; and "The Challenge of Global Interchange of Civilizations". Each of these plenary session will consist of two or three subthemes treated in a substantive 20 minute introduction, followed by a 10 minute comment and 30 minute open discussion. This will assure a penetrating unfolding of each issue and reflect the full breath of the global philosophical horizons of the participants. In the afternoon, parallel sessions will enable the participants to delve further into the day's theme with 15 minute papers followed by time for open and substantive reflection upon the perspectives introduced.


Program Overview
Plenary Sessions:
Parallel sessions in the afternoons will be devoted to the day’s subtheme.

July 27


1. The Dynamics of Change: What remains of modernity and why is it no longer adequate for philosophy? 
a. an evaluation of modernity its strengths and weakness

b. the philosophical hermeneutics of the transition to a global era


July 28


2. The Nature of Culture and its Potential as a Philosophical Source
a. the subjective turn 
b. the new awareness of values and virtues as cultures and civilizations 
c. the emergence of philosophy from culture


July 29


3. The Challenges and Opportunities for Philosophy from the Global Interaction of Cultures and Civilizations
a. philosophy expanded to and by global horizons 
b. philosophy deepened to basic meaning and values 
c. a new paradigm for philosophy as the integration of radical diversity of persons and peoples: again, the one and the many 


July 28



Administrative meeting of The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (Soongsil University)


Program for Plenary Sessions


July 27


4.30-5.00pm Registration (no fees)

 5.00-5.30pm Opening


President of Soongsil University

Prof. Wonbin Park (Soongsil University)

Prof. Tomonobu Imamichi (President, International Society for Metaphysics)

Prof. George F. McLean (Organizer, Council for Research in Values and Philosophy)


Plenary Session I. The Dynamics of Change: What remains of modernity and why is it no longer adequate for philosophy




Chair: Prof. George F. McLean

Speaker: Prof. Tran Van Doan (Taiwan)

"The Totalitarianism of Rationality and the Crisis of Values"

Commentator: Prof. Edward Alam (Lebanon)


6.30-7.30pm Hermeneutics of the Transition to a Global Era 


Chair: Prof. Tomonobu Imamichi (Japan)

Speaker: Prof. William Sweet (Canada)

"What Remains of Modernity? Some Remarks on Philosophy and Culture in the Transition to a Global Era"

Commentator: Prof. Marcelo Dascal (Israel


7.30-9.00pm Dinner (given by the President of Soongsil University)


July 28

Plenary Session II. The Nature of Culture and its Potential as a Philosophical Source


9.00-10.00am The Subjective Turn 


Chair: Profs. Abdumalik Nysanbaev/Rustem Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan)

Speaker: Prof. Manny B. Dy (Philippines)

"From Subjectivity to Intersubjectivity, The Subjective Turn"

Commentator: Prof. Wonbin Park (Korea)


10.00-10.15 Tea Break

10.15-11.15am The New Awareness of Values and Virtues as Cultures and Civilizations 


Chair: Prof. Ouyang Kang (China)

Speaker: Prof. Karim Crow (Singapore)

"Muslim Re­Appropriation of Value. Questions of Meaning and Adequacy"

Commentator: Prof. Musa s. Dibadj (Iran)


11.15-11.30am Tea Break


11.30am-12.30pm The Emergence of Philosophy from Culture 


Chair: Prof. Pham Van Duc (Vietnam)

Speaker: Prof. Cheng-ying Chen (Hawaii)

"Developing Philosophy of Humanity in a Post-Modern Age / World"

Commentator: Prof. Yu Xuanmeng (China)


12.30-2.00pm Lunch Break (provided) 

July 29

Plenary Session III: The Challenges and Opportunities for Philosophy in the Global Interaction of Cultures and Civilizations


9.00-10.00: Philosophy Expanded to and by Global Horizons 

Chair: Prof. S.R. Bhatt (India)

Speaker: Cristal Huang (Taiwan)

“The Emplotment of Our Culture as a Way of Emerging Philsoophies"

Commentator: Prof. Gail M. Presbey (US)


10.00-10.15am Tea Break

10.15-11.15am Philosophy Deepened to Basic Meaning and Values


Chair: Prof. Gholamreza Aawani (Iran)

Speaker: Prof. Oliva Blanchette (US)

 "Metaphysics and the Transcendence of Cultures"

Commentator: Prof. L.P. Singh (India)


11.15-11.30am Tea Break




The Search for a New Paradigm for Philosophy as the Integration of Radical Diversity of Persons and Peoples: Again, the One and the Many


Chair: Prof. Joseph C.A. Agbakoba (Nigeria)

Speaker: Prof. Sriwarakuel Warayuth (Thailand)

"Holistic Postmodernism: A New Paradigm for the Integration of the One and the Many"

Commentator: Prof. Pleman Makariev (Bulgaria)


12.30-2.00pm Lunch Break (provided)

Program for Panel Presentations

2.00-4.00pm Panel Presentations

(three parallel sessions at Soongsil University, Seoul)

July 28  Panel Presentations

2.00-4.00pm Panel Presentations


Panel I.

The Lasting

Philosophical Heritage of Modernity 

Panel III:

Subjectivity as

Complement of

Objectivity in Philosophy 

Penal V (a):

Philosophy Emerging

from Culture: Theory 



Abdul Rashid

 Maija Kule 


Godabarisha Mishra

He Xirong


Wilhelm Danca

 Chaitany Pragya

a/  Warayuth Sriwarakuel (Thailand) 

“Is Modernity Totally Rejected in the Global Era?”


a/  Wonbin Park (Korea)

 “An Experimental Comparative Study of Emmanuel Levinas and Xunzi: Ritual Practice as complement of relationship between subjectivity and objectivity” 

 a/  Jean Bertrand Amougou (Cameroon)

A cultural deep-rootedness of philosophy”



b/  Yang Chih-sheng (Taiwan)

“Hegel’s Critique on Chinese Philosophy”


b/ Nizhnikov Sergey Anatolievich


“The unity of the spiritual cognition in different cultures of humankind”

b/  S.R. Bhatt (India

“Philosophy, Culture and Human Experience”


c/ Tatiana Gennadievna Leshkevich (Russia)

 About the new orientations  of the philosophy in global era 

c/  Pablo López López (Spain)

Philosophy of Languages and

 Languages as Framework of

 Cultures and of Philosophies”



c/  Marin Aiftinca (Romania)

“The Philosophy in the Context Culture’s  Autonomous  Values”


d/  Viorel Guliciuc and Emilia Guliciuc (Romania)

“The Mediated Human Being in the Digital Era”

d/  Md. Sirajul Islam  (India)

 “The Challenges and Opportunities for Philosophy from the Global Interaction of Cultures and Civilizations”



d/ Pazukhina Olga (Russia)

“Culture as the only Source of Philosophy”

e/  Ivan Kaltchev (Bulgaria)

The Culture of Enmity Against Tolerance on the Balkans”

e/  Janis (John) Ozolins(Australia) “Culture and Global Versus Local Philosophy”

e/  Valery Goryunov  (Russia)

“The Nature of Culture and its Potential as a Philosophical Source: The emergence of philosophy from culture” 

f/ Cristal Huang (Taiwan)

“The Emplotment of Our Culture as a Way of Emerging Philsoophies”

f/ Peter Colosi (US)

“Subjectivity in Personalist Philosophy: K. Wojtyla”

f/  Daniel Smith (Ethiopia)

“Returning to Our Roots vs. Liberal Critiques of Civilizational

Identities: The Emergence from

Culture of Philosophies of




4.00-4.30 Tea/Coffee Break

4.30-6.30pm Panel Presentations 




Panel II:

Philosophical Limitations ofModernity for Human Progress 

Panel IV:

Values, Virtues and the Creation of Cultures 

Penal V (b):

Philosophy Emerging from Culture: Applied 



Plamen Makariev

Silja Graupe 


Ogbo Ugwuanyi

Gail M Presbey



Li Jianqun

Edward Alam 

 a/  Serge Ivanov (Russia

“The Problem of the universal concepts and myth of totalitarism”


a/  Yu Cheng-Ling (Taiwan)

 “Ethics for Today: The Confucian Concept of Qing and Today’s Society” 

a/  Maija Kule (Latvia)

“Three life-forms as a basis of different philosophical thinking”


b/  Dolidze Mamuka (Georgia)

“Personal freedom and Open Society"


b/  Vasil Gluchman (Slovakia) 

“Natural and Moral (Cultural) Roots of Humanity”


b/  Yuann, Jeu-Jenq (Taiwan)

“A Realistic Interpretation of Culture”


c/  Alois Agus Nugroho (Indonesia)“Destructing the wall of deconstructionism: Philosophy expanded to global horizons”

 c/  Lin Ya-ping (Taiwan)

“Feelings and Virtues”



c/  Patricia Nguyen (Taiwan)

“ ‘Philosophy Emerging from Culture’ in a Blondelian perspective — the ‘Option’ Implied in the Emergence of Philosophy from Culture” 

d/  Mostafa Younesie (Iran)

“Farabi’s Method regarding



d/  Chintamani Malviya (India)

 “Value, Culture and Social development” 

 d/ Workineh Kelbessa (Ethiopia)

“Ethical Considerations and the

 HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Africa” 

e/  E. Moutsopoulos (Greece)

“The Crisis of Values in the Contemporary World”


e/  Marta Gluchmanova (Slovakia)

 Ethical education and the new awareness of values and virtues in modern civilization”


 e/ Umut Asanova


“Philosophy of Freedom and Responsibility

 Emerging from

Traditional Culture of the Kyrgyz People”


 f/ Carlos Eduardo Maldonado(Colombia)

"Philosophy Expanded to Global Horizons"


f/  Olga Shipunova, and Alla Safonova (Russia)

“The problem of the sacral semantics” 

f/ Leonid Tysyachnyy (Russia)


July 29 Panel Presentations


2.00-4.00pm Panel Presentations



Panel VI.

The Horizontal

Broadening of

Philosophy in Global



Panel VIII:

Philosophy Emerging

from Islamic Cultures


Panel X (a).

Philosophy Emerging

from Confucian




Anatolij F. Karas

Cristal Huang



Wonbin Park

Alois Agus Nugroho 


Vincent Shen

Janis (John) Ozolins

a/  Ogbo Ugwuanyi (Nigeria) 

Truth as Equality in a World

Cultured by Difference”


a/  Sayyed Hassan Hussaini

(Akhlaq) (Iran)

Enlightenment Philosophy and Islamic peripatetic Philosophy”


a/  Liu Lihua (China) 

“Our Incomparable and Valuable Heritage”

b/  Carlos Eduardo Maldonado (Colombia)

“Philosophy Expanded To Global Horizons”


b/  Serik Nurmuratov (Kazakhstan)

 “Basic values of Kazakh philosophy”


b/  Yu Xuanmeng (China)

 “The Difference from the Very Beginning”


c/  Godabarisha Mishra (India)

 “The Trans-religious Philosophy of Liberation: Expanding the Horizons of Peace and Globalisation” 

 c/  Abdul Rashid (Pakistan)

 "The Emergence of Philosophy of Tolerance from Culture of Dialogue: Religious Perspective"

c/  He Xirong (China) 

“Going Deeply Into Cultural Ground to Seek for a New Way: A Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Philosophy”


d/  Silja Graupe (Germany)

“Knowing Thyself by Meeting the Other: A Dialogue on Economic Globalization In-Between the Cultures”


d/  Abdumalik Nysanbaev 


“Civilization, Traditions and

Mentality of the Kazakhs”

d/  Pham Van Duc (Vietnam)

Some reflection on Vietnam philosophy in the intercultural era"


e/  Sesegma Zhimbeeva (Russia)“Understanding of Nature: The Corporative Approach” “Ethics of the Surrounding Environment”


e/ Rustem Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan) 

“Globalization and the Transformation of Kazakh National Identity”   


e/  Pong Wen-berng (Taiwan): 

"The Concept of Humanity in Contemporary Neo-Confucianism"


f/  John Abbarno (US)

 “Exporting Values”


f/  Baharudin Ahmad (Malaysia)

"Malay Culture and the Development of Malay Thought on Cosmology"


 f/  Ouyang Kang (China) 

“The Fate and the Characteristics of

Modernization in China –The

Value Conflict and the Value

Choice in Chinese Modernization

in Global Age” 



4.00-4.30pm Tea/Coffee Break


4.30-6.30pm Panel Presentations


Panel VII.

The Vertical


Philosophy in

Global Times:

Interiority and



Panel IX.

Philosophy Emerging from

African and  Other Cultures

Panel X (b).

Philosophy Emerging from Cultures: South and Southeast 


Panel XI.

The Philosophical 

Integration of 

Diversity in

Global Times


Warayuth Sriwarakuel

Ghazala Irfan


Noriko Hashimoto

Pulat Shozimov



Yu Xuanmeng

Baharudin Ahmad


Marta Gluchmanova

Jean-Bertrand Amougou


a/  Edward J. Alam


“Philosophy and

Culture: The Role of



a/ Maduabuchi Dukor (Nigeria)

“Philosophy and African Salvation”


a/  Mallika Rajaratnam (Sri Lanka)

 “'Know Thyself and Subjective Universality; East and West [with special reference to Upanishads and Buddhism and Socrates/Plato and Kant”

a/  Debika Saha (India)

“Cultural Diversities – Towards a New Conception of Identity and Freedom in a Pluralistic Society”


b/  Wilhelm Danca (Romania)

“Religious Identity and Values in Contemporary Context”


b/ J. Obi Oguejiofor


“The Cultural Origin of Contemporary African Philosophy”


b/  Manny Dy (Philippines)

“Doing Philosophy in the Philippine Context”


b/  Chaitany Pragya (India)

“Anekanta: A Philosophy of Co-existence Emerging from Jain Culture” 


c/  Anatoliy G.



“Religious Essence of

the Spiritual”


c/ Gail M. Presbey (US)

“Wise Elders in Africa

and the Tradition-

Innovation Tensions

within Philosophy and



c/  Rolando M. Gripaldo (Philippines)

 “Philosophy and Culture: The Philippine Experience”

c/ Plamen Makariev (Bulgaria)

Cultural Diversity and Philosophical Universalism


d/  Anatolij F. Karas (Ukraine)

 "Freedom of Choice and  the Cultural Membership of the Person in Discursive-Ethical Dimensions"


d/ Vasiliy Gritsenko


“Humanistic Traditions: Russian Philosophy and the Present”


d/  Mahavir Raj Gelara (India)

"Dynamics of Non-violence in an Emerging New World Order"


d/  Seyed Musa Dibadj (Iran)

"Does Culture Emerge Globally as State or Ethics?"


e/  L. P. Singh (India) 

“Philosophy, Culture

and the Future Society”


e/ Anton Gordeev


“Doctrine about

Compromise by Ivan

Il ’in”


 e/  B.M. Jain (India)

“Rethinking the Globalization of Culture: A Critique  from the  Anekanta Perspective"


e/ Joseph Chemeka

Achike Agbakoba


“Building Cultural

Bridges in the Era of Globalization” 


f/ Sokolov Sergey (Russia) 

“The Baikal region: dialogue of cultures”


f/ Rashid Hassan (Somali/England)

f/  Charitra Prajna (India) 

"Jain Culture in Search of a New Incentive for the Emergence of a New Philosophy"


f/  Li Jianqun (China) 

“Dialogue and Communication--the Reality and the Future of Cultural Conflict”




g/  Herminie Soemitro (Indonesia)

“Is Javanese Philosophy



e/ Thalia Fung (Cuba)

The Conquest and foreign domination: common denominator of the cultures in Latin America














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