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Editorial. Human Being: Its Nature and Functions. II

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This issue of Dialogue and Universalism entitled HUMAN BEING: ITS NATURE AND FUNCTIONS. II includes the second part of papers presented at the 10th World Congress of the International Society for Universal Dialogue held at Craiova (Romania) in 2014. The first volume of those texts was published in the previous Dialogue and Universalism issue (1/2015). The two volumes presented here reflect the on-going and vast intellectual legacy of the International Society for Universal Dialogue (ISUD). Philosophical reflection on the meaning and nature of being human is a ceaseless and inexhaustible task. The richness and complexity of the philo-sophical approaches to exploring the meaning and nature of being human are on display in these engaging papers. These papers highlight that the problem of understanding who and what we humans are continually increases as the current experience of being human constantly adapts to new challenges and new reali-ties. In spite of the on-going articulation of philosophical insights into the mean-ing and nature of being human any final understanding of humanity remains a mystery as each generation must return to this issue time and again. The depth and extensiveness of the problem of human being increases as each generation renews this timeless exploration. Traversing a classical dialecti-cal expression, it can be said that man is cognitively non-exhaustible. Through their various theoretical backgrounds reflecting a diversity of cultures and phil-osophical traditions the papers collected here display and add to the depth, extensiveness, and richness of the problem of understanding what it means to be human. It should be noticed that the issues explored in the ISUD 10th World Congress anticipate the theme of the 24th World Congress of Philosophy to be held in Beijing: Learning to Be Human. The papers presented here offer a wide panorama of the diverse philosophi-cal perspectives within contemporary global philosophizing. The contents of the papers collected here constitute a journey to the many different aspects and multiple realms of being human. We hope these papers will inspire our readers to build on and continue this journey. This initiative is an effect of the collective work shared by the authors, re-viewers, ISUD editors, and the editorial staff of Dialogue and Universalism. Dialogue and Universalism along with The International Society for Univer-sal Dialogue wish to express our gratitude to the University of Craiova—the organizer of the ISUD 10th World Congress in 2014. Finally, the Dialogue and Universalism editorial staff would like to warmly thank the University of Cra-iova for the financial support of the publications of both the Congress issues.
  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Nowy Świat 72, 00–330 Warszawa, Poland
  • Emporia State University
  • Department of Philosophy, 420066, Krasnoselskaya, 51. Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia
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