ISSN 1607-4823



Union mondiale des sociétés catholiques de philosophie
World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies
Weltunion der Katholischen Philosophischen Gesellschaften


n.s. Vol. / Bd. 1, no. 2                                        spring/ printemps/ Pfingsten 2001

Contents / Sommaire / Inhalt
The Executive / Le Conseil

A Word from the Editor / Mot du rédacteur

News of Past Conferences

Conferences and calls for papers

Announcing a new journal -- Philosophy, Culture and Traditions


This is the second number of the new series of the Bulletin of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies (WUCPS).

The World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies (WUCPS) was established in 1948 in Amsterdam, and is a founding member of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP). (The Federation was founded in keeping with the general policy of UNESCO, promoting the development of democratic structures for the coordination of scholarly work, as an alternative to leaving this to the politics and ideologies of self elected academies.) The principal aim of the World Union (as described by its first President, I.M. Bochenski) is to represent the Catholic philosophical societies of the world in the deliberations of FISP. [continued on page 3]

Council - WUCPS/ Conseil - UMSCP



President /président

Prof. George McLean
Cardinal Station, P.O. Box 261
Washington, DC,
20064 USA
tel.: (202) 319-5636
fax.: (202) 319-6089

Past President / Président sortant:
Prof. Jean Ladriere
Rue de Charnoy 6/208
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve,
Belgium / Belgique

Secretary-General / Secrétaire generale:
Prof. William Sweet
Department of Philosophy
St. Francis Xavier University,
Antigonish, NS, B2G 2W5 CANADA
tel.: (902) 867-2341
fax: (902) 867-3243


The Bulletin is also available in print format (ISSN 1607 – 4815)

The purpose of the World Union is:

i) to initiate and develop contacts with individuals and associations who are engaged philosophical research and study in, or consistent with, the Catholic Christian tradition—particularly with those who, for social or political reasons or on account of geographical location, have not been able to do enter into a closer relationship with philosophers elsewhere.

ii) to serve as a conduit of information about meetings, conferences and other matters of common interest

iii) to help, when asked, and as far as possible, in organizing and sponsoring lectures and educational exchanges, particularly in those regions where there is an interest in the Catholic Christian philosophical traditions

iv) to help, when asked and as far as possible, in the publicity and organisation of conferences on themes consistent with the work of the World Union and, especially, with world congresses of Christian philosophers


For its first two decades the World Union remained in this formal role, which it still fulfills, of representation within FISP. In the 1960s two factors suggested that this was not enough. First, the Second Vatican Council developed the human dimension of the Catholic vision, stressing the presence of the Spirit working, within each person and people. Second, the general social turmoil throughout the world at that time reflected the process of decolonization and the search for equal participation by all groups.

By implication this moved the vision of Catholic philosophers and their societies from concentration upon the precise interpretation of a perennial scholastic philosophy to engaging the deep human issues experienced by peoples as they move ahead in time. The new emergence of the sense of the person and of human solidarity was a point of central concern in the face of the remaining. totalitarian oppression which marked the post World War II period. Hence, for example, in 1978 a World Union conference was hosted by Cardinal Wojtyla in Krakow. This was the last scholarly critique of the philosophy of solidarity before, with his election to the papacy as John Paul II, it blossomed into a movement which, within the decade, dramatically changed the complexion of the region. The volume of papers from this Krakow conference: The Philosophy of Person: Solidarity and Cultural Creativity: Polish Philosophical Studies I was published then in samizdat form and in 1994 by The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy in Washington and by Paideia Publishers in Bucharest.

The natural evolution of this effort was to build bridges of cooperation not only within the community of Catholic philosophers, but to those of other traditions also concerned with the deeper philosophical foundations of human dignity and social progress. This has been done with the International Society for Metaphysics (ISM), a membership organization integrating philosophers from all traditions, and The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP), a committee of leading philosophers from all cultures to identify human issues in need of philosophical reflection, to bring together the needed personnel, and to publish the results of their research -- over 40 volumes published thusfar.

Since 1976, there has been a series of annual world conferences initiated through the WUCPS and the ISM, treating such themes as the human person, society and civil society, and culture.

In 1977, a series of 10 joint colloquia was initiated with Academies of Science in Central and Eastern Europe. These constituted the major systematic bridge for joint philosophical reflection and exchange between East and West Europe during the late '70s and '80s. Since 1987 a similar series of 10 colloquia with the Academies of Science in Beijing and Shanghai and with Peking and Fudan Universities has been the main point of philosophic interchange with China. A series of corresponding volumes is now being brought through press.

In 1980, in order to enable continued in-depth work beyond the possibilities of the single annual general conferences, the African member philosophers developed an approach through research teams. Each is based in a distinct university center thereby enabling continued substantive cooperative reflection and critique in the process of developing a joint volume on a specific theme. Before publication the drafts of these volumes are critically discussed in meetings of representatives of other teams.

To manage this progressively more intensive and extensive effort the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) was formed in 1983. This committee of leading philosophers from all cultures of the world works to identify human issues in need of philosophical reflection, to bring together in teams the needed personnel, and to publish the results of their research. It serves to coordinate these projects and regional conferences, as well as to co-publish the resulting volumes.

This approach has resulted in a number of volumes from Africa. Since 1989 it has been the major mode of coordinated collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe, where 8 volumes on "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change" have been published and another 10 on "Building Democratic Societies: Values and Rights" are in process. Similar sets of volumes, especially on Civil Society, are now being. developed in Central and South America, Africa and Central and South Asia.

An annual 10 week seminar in Washington brings together 10 representatives of these teams from all regions of the world along with an equal number of scholars from other disciplines, for interdisciplinary and intercultural studies of such crucial contemporary issues as "Relations between Cultures", "Freedom and Choice in a Democracy" and "Civil Society and Social Reconstruction", from each of which a volume is published.

News of Past Conferences


From November 23-25, 2000, members of the WUCPS participated in a conference and series of workshops, held in Taiwan, on the theme of Philosophical Perspectives for the Third Millennium: The Dialogue between Christian Philosophy and Chinese Culture. The Conference, organised in Taipei by the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Scholastic Philosophy of the Fu-Jen Catholic University, attracted well over 150 speakers and participants.

Speakers from both Taiwan and mainland China were joined by scholars from Belgium, Canada, Portugal, Italy, the United States, and other countries.

Papers presented touched on such topic areas as Philosophy and Culture, The Social, Cultural and Historical Dimensions of Rational Speculation, The Historical Significance of Christian Philosophy for the Third Millennium, God in Christian Philosophy and Heaven in Chinese Philosophy, Metaphysics in Christian Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy, Ethics in Christian Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy, The Philosophy of Man in Christian Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy, and The World-view (Weltanschaunng) of Christian Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy

In addition to the academic gathering, participants had an opportunity to visit the Palace Museum in Taipei and to join a Chinese Cultural Trip.

The papers presented in Chinese at the conference will appear in a special volume from the Fu-Jen Catholic University; the papers in English will appear in a volume to be published in the United States, in cooperation with the Council on Research and Values in Philosophy.

World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies contributed in a series of workshops within the context of a Conference in Rome, September 5-8, 2000, on the theme of Metaphysics for the Third Millennium

The Conference, organised by Association of Lecturers for the Great Jubilee UTPL (Universidad Católica de Loja) / The Idente School attracted several hundred people, including a number of dignitaries from the Vatican. The full program of events culminated on September 10, with a papal audience, as part of the Jubilee for the Year 2000

The principal themes of the Conference were "Metaphysics and Culture" "Metaphysics and Science," and "Metaphysics and Religion." The Conference and the Workshops took place at the Assumption Convention Center, (Centro Congressi Assunzione) Rome.

On Thursday September 7 at 15h00 in the Aula Magna, there was a special meeting of the World Union, including Introductory remarks by Profs. William Sweet and George McLean, and papers by Dr Pantaleon Iroegbu, Dr Royden Hunt, and Dr William Sweet. Members of the WUCPS presented papers in the plenary sessions or served as keynote speakers as well. Those from the WUCPS who attended the conference included Professors Daniel Dei, Chibueze Udeani, Pantaleon Iroegbu, Royden Hunt, Alberto Dalfovo, Cristal Huang, Anthony Spiteri, Alasdair Beattie, Oliva Blanchette, Hugo Meynell, Sr. Marian Kao, O.S.U., Julien Lambinet, William Sweet, and George McLean.

The Proceedings of the Conference are currently at press, and should appear shortly. The Idente School / Assumption Institute will also soon begin the publication of a journal on metaphysics and mystical philosophy, particularly in the light of their founder, Fernando Rielo.

Conferences and calls for papers

Please notify the Editor if there are conferences, symposia, or special events that you would like to publicize, without cost, in the Bulletin



Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions: A Journal of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies
(a member of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP))

The Journal invites papers in any of the following languages (English - French - Spanish - German) for publication in its first number. The theme of the first number is Dialogue and Traditions.
    The journal will be refereed, and will be indexed in The Philosopher's Index and in the Repertoire bibliographique de philosophie (Louvain).
    Papers should be no longer than 5,000 words in length, and should relate directly to the theme of the issue. For additional information on technical requirements and bibliographical style, please contact:
    Professor William Sweet, Department of Philosophy, St Francis Xavier University,
    Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 CANADA
    fax 1 902-867-3243; tel 1 902-867-2341; Internet:


George F. McLean, Sec.-Treas.
Cardinal Station, P.O.Box 261
Washington, D.C., 20064 USA
E-mail: tel/fax: 202/319-6089 <>

Please contact Professor McLean in case there are any changes or additions to this schedule


10-11 Uganda East Africa Regional Meeting
23-24 Balkans "Cultural Identities and Social Peace"
27-29 Moscow "Cultural Identities and Social Progress"

1-2 Tbilisi "Politics and Ethics"
5-6 Qom "Human Rights and the Dialogue of Civilizations"
9-11 Bangkok Southeast Asia Regional Meeting: "Cultural Traditions and Contemporary Change"
14-15 Hanoi "Traditional Values and the Challenges of Globalization"
17-18 Ho Chi Minh "Traditional Vietnamese Values and the Challenges of the 21st Century"
21-22 Shanghai "Comparison of Chinese and Asian Cultures" (SASS)
24-25 Shanghai "Cultural Tradition and Contemporary Change in the Process of Education" (Fudan)
28-29 Wuhan "Religion and Philosophy"

2[3]4 Chengdu "Chinese Culture(s) and Minority Identities"
6-7 Xian "Features of Classical Culture"
11-12 Urumqui "Culture and Cooperation between Peoples"
14-15 Beijing "Cultural Heritage: Resources and Limitations" (National Academy)
17-18 Beijing "Citizen Participation and Civil Administration" (People's University)


Beijing Peking University

September - November.

Washington Seminar on "Models of Thinking about Reality: Individual, Communitarian, Global and Virtual"

17-19 Budapest Central and Eastern European Regional Meeting
22-24 Ukraine "Civil Society and Globalization: Cultural and Religious Identities"
27-29 Turkey

Please contact Professor McLean in case there are any changes or additions to this schedule

June 20-22, 2001 - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Theme: The Epistemology of Basic Belief
Sponsors: Philosophy Department, the Vrije Universiteit and the 'Center for Epistemology and Ontology'
For information, contact: Ron Rood, Free University, Philosophy Department, De Boelelaan 1105,
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel.: +31-20-4446614 E-mail:

July 12-15, 2001 - Grailville Conference Center, Loveland, OH.
International Maritain Summer Institute
Sponsored by The Gilson Society, American Maritain Association, and Maritain Gallery
Theme: "TheWonderful and the Beautiful"
For information, contact the Institute chair: Carrie Rehak at .

June 28 - July 1 2001 - The University of Melbourne, Australia
The Australian Institute of Health, Law and Ethics (AIHLE) - 5th Annual Conference
Conference website:
For information, contact:  AIHLE Secretariat
    C/o - The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
    10th Floor, Royal Childrens Hospital
    Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052 Australia

Controlling Belief - Call for Papers for The Monist
Please send two printed copies and an electronic copy to:
Ward E. Jones, Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140 South Africa

August 5-10, 2001, Jerusalem
VI Symposium Platonicum - under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and with the help of the S.H. Bergman Centre for Philosophical Studies and the Faculty of Humanities in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Theme: The Laws
Information from: Samuel.Scolnicov -

August 18-25,  2001 - Aegean Island of Rhodes, Greece
Thirteenth International  Conference On Greek Philosophy - under the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic and the direction of an International Academic Committee
Sponsored by The International Association  for Greek Philosophy ( IAGP ); The International Center for  Greek Philosophy & Culture; The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP - USA); The Department of  Philosophy of the University of Athens, and other academic and cultural institutions and organisations
Theme: The Philosophy of Communication
Contact: Professor Konstantine Boudouris, President of the Organising Committee
Thirteenth International Conference of Greek Philosophy
5 Simonidou Str.,  174 56   Alimos (Athens) - Greece
Tel. 301-727.7545, Fax. 301-7248979,301-9923281,

August 21-24, 2001 - Hong Kong, China
Colloquium on ‘Philosophy, Methodology, and our World’
Place: Salesian Retreat House, Cheung Chau, HONG KONG.
Contact: Prof. Cristal Huang, Philosophy, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan
Web page:

August 27-31, 2001 - 13th International Congress of Aesthetics, Tokyo
Theme: Aesthetics at 21st Century
The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Letters (Prof. Ken-ichi SASAKI)
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, 113-0033 Tokyo, Japan.
fax : +81-3-5841-8958

September 6-8, 2001 - Cambridge
British Society for the Philosophy of Religion
The Society organises biennial conferences and joins with the European Society for the Philosophy of Religion for their Conference in alternate years. Members of the British Society are eligible for membership of the European Society. Members of BSPR are also eligible to subscribe to the journal Religious Studies at a substantially reduced rate. The Treasurer is Dr Patrick Sherry, Department of Religious Studies, University of Lancaster, Lancaster LA1 4YG, UK. Full membership is £15; £10 for students.

September 12-14, 2001 S.O.A.S. University of London
Theme: Dialogue & Difference (An International Conference)
Contact: Cosimo Zene, Arvind Mandair, Michael Richardson
S.O.A.S. University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
Tel: 020 7637 2388 Fax: 020 7436 3844 Web:
Queries and Information:

September 28-29 2001, Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology (Ottawa)
Symposium * Coherentism in Epistemology *
For more information, visit the Symposium's Web site at
or write to
Or Contact Yves Bouchard, Department of Philosophy, Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology
96 Empress, Ottawa (Ontario) K1R 7G3 CANADA
Phone: (613) 233-5696  Fax: (613) 233-6064 Email:

October 18-21, 2001 - Boca Raton, Florida
The American Maritain Association, 25th Annual Meeting,
Theme: Truth and Human Fellowship
Contact: Conference Chair, John M. Dunaway, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia 31207, or via e-mail: Fax: 478-301-2795.

November 2-3 novembre 2001 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Association canadienne Jacques Maritain / Canadian Jacques Maritain Association
The Programme Committee invites submissions for the fall 2002 Annual Meeting of the CJMA, on the theme of "Maritain and the limits of science" / Le comité du programme vous invite à lui faire des propositions de participation pour la prochaine réunion annuelle tenue sur le campus de l'Université Saint-Paul/ College dominicain, à Ottawa, du 2 au 3 novembre 2002. Le theme sera "Maritainet les limites de la science"
Papers and proposals are to be sent by August 1, 2001, to: Envoyez les textes complets ou le précis des communications régulières, au plus tard, le 1 aout, 2001 à 

William Sweet, Dept. of Philosophy, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 CANADA,
e-mail: fax: 1 902 867 3243; tel.: 1 902 867 2341
Notification of acceptance of proposals: September 7, 2001

3 et 4 octobre 2001 - Université de Nantes, France
International Conference Pierre Abélard
The University of Nantes is organizing a conference on the life and works of Peter Abelard, born in the village of Le Pallet, near Nantes. Cultural and artistic activities are planned in conjunction with the conference.
Official Languages: French and English
Contact: Conférence Abelard, H. Habrias I.U.T. 3 rue Maréchal Joffre 44041 Nantes Cedex 1 France
More information can be found at the conference web site:

November 9-11, 2001 - Albany, NY, hosted by Siena College
American Catholic Philosophical Association 2001 Annual Meeting
Theme : "Soul, Person, and Immortality."
Contact: James F. Ross, Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Pennsylvania
ACPA Vice-President/President-Elect , c/o American Catholic Philosophical Association, National Office, Administration Building, Fordham University , Bronx, NY 10458 USA

December 19-21, 2001 - Lancaster University
CEPE (Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiries) 2001
Theme "IT (Information Technology) and the Body"
Organized by: Centre for Study of Technology in Organizations; Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy
For further information see:

December 26-30, 2001 - Atlanta, GA, USA.
The Society of Christian Philosophers will meet jointly with the Kierkegaard Society at the next Eastern American Philosophical Association Meeting.
Contact: Prof. Charles D. Kay, Philosophy Department, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663
Phone: (864) 597-4583 FAX:  (864) 597-4595 E-mail

January 17-20 2002, National Autonomous University of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Sixth international conference on ethics and international development
Sponsored by: International Development Ethics Association (IDEA)
Theme: "Impunity, Justice, And Development: Ethics And Policy"
Contact:  For additonal  information or to join IDEA, see  ( or contact David A. Crocker (

February 2002 -
Society for the Philosophy of Religion
Hilton Head, NC, USA

April 25-26, 2002 University of Reading
The British Society For Ethical Theory - Call For Papers 2002 Conference
Contact: Dr Brad Hooker, Philosophy Department, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AA, UK
or by email attachment to:
Further particulars regarding registration will be available in due course from Dr Hooker to whom any inquiries should be addressed. Website:

May 2002 - University of Toronto, Canada
Symposium on: Philosophy, Religion, and Science / Philosophie, religions, sciences
Sponsored by l’Association canadienne Jacques Maritain / Canadian Jacques Maritain Association
(in association with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities / en collaboration avec le Congrès des sciences sociales et humaines)
Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez communiquer à / For more information, please contact:
Professor William Sweet, Department of Philosophy, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5, CANADA; fax 902-867-3243; tel 902-867-2341; Internet:

September 2002 - Cambridge
European Society for the Philosophy of Religion

October, 2002 -- Ottawa, Canada
International research project -- Globalization and the Environment
International Jacques Maritain Institute (Rome) / Canadian Jacques Maritain Association
3rd International Seminar -- Organising institution: International Jacques Maritain Institute (Rome) in co-operation with the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association
For further information, please contact:
Dr Roberto Papini, Secretary General, Institut International Jacques Maritain,
via Flavia 104, 00187 Rome, Italy Web site:
August 8-10 août 2003 - Istanbul, Turkey.

World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies Symposium
Theme: Philosophy, Cultural Identity, and Solidarity
Contact: Prof. William Sweet, Secretary-General, World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies.

August 10-17, 2003 - Istanbul.
21st World Congress of Philosophy
Lütfi Kýrdar International Congress and Fair Center (Istanbul).
The main theme of the Congress will be Philosophy Facing World Problems.
Contact: Ioanna Kuçuradi, President of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie

New journals

Philosophy, Culture and Traditions is a multi-lingual (English - French - Spanish - German) philosophical journal, published annually, and sponsored by the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies. It appears in print format; selected papers, along with a supplementary volume, are published in an electronic format.

The journal aims at promoting dialogue and the fruitful exchange of ideas between philosophy and religious and cultural traditions. The journal reflects the important contribution of Christianity to philosophy, but articles appearing in the journal are not restricted to philosophy in the Christian Catholic traditions.

Articles should normally address general philosophical concerns, and authors will include representatives of aboriginal, African, American, Asian, and as well as other western (including the phenomenological, idealist, Thomist, and Anglo-American) traditions.

The journal accepts manuscripts in all areas of philosophy, although each issue will contain a number of articles devoted to a specific theme.

The theme of the first number is Dialogue and Traditions

The journal will be indexed in The Philosopher's Index and the Repertoire bibliographique de philosophie (Louvain). Initial subscription price is $10 Canadian plus postage ($15 Canadian).

Editor - Directeur
William Sweet, St Francis Xavier University, Canada

Managing Editor - Directeur Adjoint
Walter Schultz,
2060-#3 Prospect Street,
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 1Y9 / Phone: (905) 681-5370

Editorial correspondence (manuscripts, books for review) should be sent to:
Professor William Sweet, Editor,
Philosophy, Culture and Traditions
Dept of Philosophy, St. Francis Xavier University,
Antigonish, NS, CANADA B2G 2W5
Telephone: 1 902 867 2341; fax 1 902 867 3243;

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