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         Today there is urgent need to attend to the nature and dig­nity of the person, to the quality of human life, to the pur­pose and goal of the phy­sical transformation of our envi­ronment, and to the rela­tion of all these to the devel­op­ment of social and political life. This, in turn, re­quires philo­sophical clarifica­tion of the basis upon which freedom is exer­cised, that is, of the values which pro­vide stability and guid­ance to one?s deci­sions.

         Such studies must be able to reach deeply into one?s culture as well as those of other parts of the world in mutually reinforcing and enriching manner in order to uncover the roots of the dignity of persons and of their societ­ies. They must be able to iden­ti­fy the conceptual forms in terms of which modern indus­trial and tech­nological developments are struc­tured and how these im­pact upon human self-under­stand­ing. Above all, they must be able to bring these ele­ments together in the creative un­derstanding essential for set­ting our goals and determin­ing our modes of inter­ac­tion. In the present complex global cir­cum­stances this is a condi­tion for grow­ing to­gether with trust and jus­tice, hon­est dedica­tion and mu­tual concern required for global times.

         The Council for Studies in Values  and Philosophy (RVP) unites schol­ars who share these con­cerns and are inter­ested in the appli­ca­tion there­to of exist­ing capabilities in the field of philo­sophy and other dis­ciplines. Its work is to identi­fy areas in which study is need­ed, the intellec­tual resour­ces which can be brought to bear there­upon, and the means for publication and interchange of the work from the various regions of the world. In bringing these together its goal is scien­tific dis­covery and pub­lica­tion which con­tributes to the present pro­mo­tion of humankind.

         In sum, our times present both the need and the oppor­tunity for deep­er and ever more progres­sive understanding of the person and of the foun­dations of social life. The develop­ment of such under­standing is the goal of the RVP.

The Council publishes the resulting studies (reaching 300) and assures global distribution of the volumes to 350 research libraries and 100 colleges, throughout the (especially) ?second and third? worlds, as well as making the complete texts available on the Web (http://www.crvp.org) and through the usual commercial book distribution channels.






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