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24th World Congress of Philosophy


The ISVI will hold sessions at the 24th World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing, China, August 10-16, 2018. The theme of the FISP World Congress of Philosophy is “Learning to be Human.”

 ISVI will offer opportunities to submit papers for presentations on several variations of this theme at its own ISVI Sessions (TBA).

The ISVI has a long history of meeting with the World Congress of Philosophy since it began in 1988 when it held sessions at the 18th, WCP in Brighton, England.  

We look forward to having  a  very successful set of sessions in August 2017.

Submitting Papers

To submit papers visit wcp2018.pku.edu.cn

Contact email is papers@wcp2018.pku.edu.cn.

To Present & Future ISVI Members

A Special Message...

First of all, on behalf of all of us who are currently involved with the planning of ISVI Sessions to be held in Beijing in August 2018, The Society for Value Inquiry wishes to offer a warm welcome to all who visit this Webpage, even as we warmly encourage full participation in all of the International Society for Value Inquiry and  World Congress of Philosophy activities. 

As soon as information is available for our International Society for Value Inquiry sessions, that information  will be posted on this site. 

Meanwhile we are pleased to offer a historic quotation of  supportive encoursgement from our society's immediate Past President, Jiang Chang of Hubei University. In memorablly approving of the program objectives of the International Society for Value Inquiry ( given  prior to  the previous World Congress of Philosophy meetings held in Athens), Professor Chang  writes: 

"One centrally important aim for ISVI as a scholarly organization that I believe needs to be promoted and fulfilled during the next five years is that of discovering the common ground  or grounds for global values. For during this time.... with the world changing in so many respects and bringing into sharper focus  a variety of conflicts between different cultures, ethnic groups, and nations, inquiring individuals of the world are themselves coming closer together. Thus, a philosophical understanding of  a comprehensive and cross-cultural sort, is sorely needed. For, in spite of the conflicts, people want to live among those with whom they come into cordial  contact, and people want to respect and appreciate one another through acquiring the necessary intellectual foundation for learning the values of the other cultures. 

Globalization thus calls for purposeful dialogue across cultures aimed at finding a common value ground upon which the values of, for example, both east and west, can be understood and supported. So, ISVI plays an important role in meeting a real need even as it aims to provide a forum that allows philosophers to promote a dialogue of the sort that searches for common ground. The completion of this  task  of discovery will surely benefit the entire world by meeting the need for cooperative conceptualization of values, just as the current globalized financial cooperation in the face of financial crisis is benefitting all with regard to financial matters.


The work of ISVI is thus perhaps even more important now than it has been at any other time in the past. An open discussion of values concerning the world’s economic systems as well as a discussion of  other value matters can do much to  promote greater understanding of our role in the world today, and may be the only method for successfully promoting a greater awareness of the need for globally based values."

The International Society for Value Inquiry commends to all human persons the intensive and open reflection on these important insights with regard to our scholarly  goals and purposes.