The XXIV World Congress of Philosophy: Learning To Be Human

We are glad to announce The XXIV World Congress of Philosophy will be held from 13 - 20 August 2018 at Beijing.

The deadline for paper submission and round-table proposals, workshops and student sessions is October 1 2017. Papers and proposals accepted after this deadline may be accepted if there is space still available, but no later than February 1 2018.

Please find all relevant information at the official website of the event or from the first circular announcement in the attachment. Below is an excerpt:

The World Congress of Philosophy is organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) in collaboration with one of its member societies, [next] under the auspices of the Chinese Organizing Committee. The complementary aims of the 2018 Congress include an emphasis on exploring dimensions of the human and inquiring into the challenges facing humanity:

  • To globalize philosophical investigations to encompass the diverse forms of philosophizing by past and present thinkers across cultures, with special attention to critical reflections onphilosophy itself and the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world;
  • To open the philosophical area to enable philosophers to address emerging global issuesthrough fruitful interactions with other disciplinesin the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with other activities in economic, social, political, and religious spheres, as well as with diverse cultures and traditions;
  • To encourage philosophical reflections to become public discourses on recurrent human concerns, such as ecology, justice, and peace.

Endowed with arguably the longest history of cultural continuity but deeply challenged by severe ruptures in its modern transformation, China provides a unique locale to raise fundamental questions about self, community, nature, spirituality, traditions, and modernity, evoking the idea of philosophy as practice as well as theory.

The 2018 Congress invites discussions on the nature, roles, and responsibilities of philosophy and philosophers to enhance a common awareness of “learning to be human.” It is committed to attending to problems, conflicts, inequalities, and injustices connected with the development of a planetary civilization that is simultaneously techno-scientific and multicultural.