The purpose of the Council for Research in Values and
Philosophy (RVP) is to identify areas related to values
and social life which are in need of research, to bring
together the professional competencies in philosophy and
related human sciences needed for this research, and to
publish the resulting studies. It does this through
local research teams in all parts of the globe, which
are interrelated through regional conferences and annual
10 week seminars. These respond to the new awareness of
the cultural grounds of human life and the newly global
character of their interaction.
The Council grew out of a series of international
philosophical conferences in India, Jerusalem, Kenya,
New York and Bogota beginning in the 1970s. It has
promoted team research on cultural heritage and
contemporary change resulting in the publication and
distribution of 200 volumes.
The Council is constituted of prominent philosophers and
social scientists from the many countries across the
world. It was formally organized and incorporated in the
District of Columbia in 1983 with 501 C3 status where it
directs the Center for the Study of Culture and Values.
To understand and appreciate one?s own culture and the
values that shape aspirations and motivate actions.
- To understand other cultures and to develop a positive
yet critical appreciation thereof.
- To build cooperation among peoples by healing deep
tensions and promoting peace and cooperation on a global
To mobilize research teams to study the nature,
interpretation and development of cultures and to apply
them to the challenges of contemporary change.
- To publish and distribute the results of these efforts
- To organize extended seminars for deeper exploration
of these issues and regional conferences for the
coordination of this work.