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Invitation to an International Conference


In Search of Culturally Based Civil Society



The Russian People's Friendship University

CUA Center for the Study of Culture and Values

Moscow, Russia

April 19-21, 2012




The present development of a global outlook presents both challenges and opportunities. A new sense of individual identity can not only enrich the sense of personal dignity but endanger the social foundations upon which the values and virtues of the particular culture rest. In turn, this can lead to a period of confusion, anomie and even lawlessness. This is especially true for the young who lack a mature experience of the values of their own tradition while exploring the unfamiliar and as yet unassimilated values of others.


The conference will seek to explore the deeper spiritual roots of the cultures East and West. In particular it will search for ways of understanding what it means to be human, or a philosophical anthropology; how human life can be lived with justice, dignity and responsibility, or a philosophical ethics; and the spiritual foundations of values and virtues, or a metaphysics for our global times.


A point of special interest will be modes of relating the emerging sense of individual identity to the rich commitments to community and social life which mark the many traditions, and of sharing such insights with the younger generation in their formative years.


In this light papers are invited for the following four sessions:


1.     Contemporary Challenges to traditional Values and Virtues

2.     Philosophical Foundations for Human Dignity and Meaning

3.     The Integration of Philosophies and Spiritualities: East and West

4.     The Role of Religion in Life in a Secularized World


A one page abstract should be submitted by January 15, 2012 to Professor Ruzana Pskhu r.pskhu@mail.ru with copy to cua-rvp@cua.edu. Presentation of accepted papers will be 20 minutes in length followed by 30 minutes for discussion. Full papers for which there is no upper page limit will be due by July 1 for publication in Russian and/or English.


There is no application fee. All travel expenses and accommodation will be covered by participants (or their institutions); lunch/dinner during the conference and visa support will be provided by PFU. Participants can stay at the University dormitory (1000 RUB about 30-35 USD per one night).





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