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2016 | 4 | 215-216

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ISUD XI World Congress: Reminiscences


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July, the golden crown of the year, became a crowning point for our society last summer as Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, hosted the XI World Con-gress of the International Society for Universal Dialogue (ISUD) from 11 to 15 July 2016. This site, where the philosophy of science and great music flourish-es, with vast parks and skyscrapers that frame the splendid Old Town surround-ed by the magnificent New City overlooking the shining Wisła, wonderfully enhanced the dynamics of the Congress. The Congress was held in the heart of the city at the gorgeous Staszic Palace, in the shadow of the statue of Nicolaus Copernicus. With a support of the Polish Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Philos-ophy of Sociology, ISUD came to its XI World Congress totally equipped and full of expectations. Professor Charles Brown, at present the ISUD Chair, was the Organizer of the Congress. Professor Małgorzata Czarnocka, Editor-in-Chief of Dialogue and Universalism, was the Congress Site Coordinator. By grace of their good will, long-lasting work and talent the Congress was meticu-lously organized as it fulfilled all expectations to become an important intellec-tual and cultural event. Let me add that I was the Review Panel Coordinator. The XI World Congress of the International Society for Universal Dialogue, unforgettable in itself, was remarkable for the returning of the Society to its roots. In 1989, the Society was born here, in Warsaw. “As the sun is daily new and old,” so is ISUD: always true to its mission and yet always welcoming new members, ideas, and experiences. The goal of this World Congress was to ex-plore the role of ideals and values across a wide spectrum of theoretical and practical issues. The theme of the congress work was: “Values and Ideals. Theo-ry and Praxis.” The Program of the Congress, featuring the research of 143 scholars, was ordered according to 10 main sub-themes: 1. Dialogue on the Issues of the Contemporary World 2. Philosophical Ideals for a More Decent Human World 3. Cultures — Their Ideals and Values 4. Ecophilosophy for the Human and More Than Human World 5. Ideals and Values in Social and Political Life — from Theories to Praxis 6. Ideals and Values in Religion and Myth 7. Ideals and Values in Arts 8. Values and Ideals of Science and Value of Science 9. Human Values and Ideals. Their Role in Personal and Cultural Identities 10. Moral Systems and Moral Practices Participants of this Congress represented an impressive degree of regional and cultural diversity as participating scholars came from China, India, Africa, Europe, North and South America as well as Pacific Island nations. All together scholars from 30 countries participated (Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philip-pines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA). The result of the Congress is a rich ISUD legacy. The Editorial Board of Dialogue and Universalism intends to publish numerous the papers presented here. The Congress concluded with the awarding of nine Jacobsen Research Prizes for outstanding philosophical works and with the election of new officers and a new Board of Directors. Professor Charles Brown was elected as Chair, Professor Keqian Xu as Vice-Chair, Professor Kevin Brien as Treasurer, and Professor Qiong Wang as Secretary. ISUD is committed to promote philosophical discourse intended to encour-age the emergence of a more decent and human world order by promoting dia-logue to actualize the highest and richest human values in all the dimensions of the human world. In accordance with ISUD mission, we scholars investigated the role of ideals and values in political and social life, in the formation of per-sonal and cultural identities, in art, as well as in scientific and moral reasoning and practice. We consider our task has been fulfilled.



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