The effect is a global philosophical network as a process of
cultural renewal. It initiates sustained coordinated
cooperation between philosophers and with allied sciences.
Its goal is to uncover and promote the stirrings of the
spirit in the many cultures, to share this between peoples,
and to contribute thereby to the convergent progress of
humankind. By overcoming individualistic self-interest and
promoting cooperation, it seeks that deep peace which,
surpassing all understanding, has formed the basis of the
multiple authentic cultures and must be renewed in new ways
in a time of global interchange.
In sum, over the past 30 years the Council for Research in
Values and Philosophy has worked with faculties at leading
universities and academies of science in some 60 countries.
Its effort is to identify the deepest human issues and to
bring to bear the appropriate scholarly capabilities for
mining the resources of the sciences and cultural traditions
for responding to the challenges of building democracy and
The work is characterized by its professional level, breadth
of horizons, and not least by a sense of fraternity that
cuts across nationalities, philosophies and cultures. This
may account for much of the reason that the Council is
invited to participate in the search for what a country
wants to stand for. It fosters a sense of common purpose
among those who seek ways to strengthen the proper cultural
values, beliefs and energies that establish the distinctive
character of their society and make it not just rich or
powerful, but good.
Throughout all this the goal of the Council is to undergird
this with deep scientific discovery and publication which
contribute to the social life of humankind in our times.