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 The set of related research efforts is currently in process:  


1. Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change: Philosophi­cal Foun­dations for Social Life.Focused, mutually coor­dinated research teams in univer­sity centers prepare studies as part of an inte­grated philosophic search for self-under­standing differentiat­ed by culture and civilization. These evolve more adequate under­stand­ings of the person in society and look to the cultural heritage of each for the resources to re­spond to the chal­lenges both of its own specific contem­po­rary transforma­tion and of meeting all other civilizations in global times. 

2. Seminars on Culture and Contemporary Issues. This se­ries of 10 week crosscultural and interdisciplinary seminars is coor­dinated by the RVP in Wash­ington.

 3. Joint-Colloquia with Insti­tutes of Philosophy of the Na­tional Acad­e­mies of Science, university philosophy departments, and soci­eties. Underway since 1976 in Eastern Europe and, since 1987, in China, these con­cern the person in contem­po­rary soci­ety with special attention to their cultural heritage and its progressive application in response to the needs of our times.

 4. Foundations of Moral Education and Character Develop­ment. A study in values and educa­tion which unites philosophers, psychologists, social scien­tists and scholars in education in the elabora­tion of ways of enriching the moral content of education and character development. This work has been underway since 1980. 


The personnel for these pro­jects consists of established schol­ars will­ing to contribute their time and research as part of their profession­al com­mitment to life in contemporary society.





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