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Main Theme - Paideia: Philosophy Educating Humanity
The Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy promises to be large and rich beyond any precedent, in ways to be detailed below.
The Congress will be open to the full diversity that characterizes our discipline across regions and traditions. Many philosophical societies will meet under its aegis, as befits the constitution of FISP, a worldwide federation of societies. In keeping with longstanding tradition, individual members are also invited to submit papers for the various sections and to propose round tables.
We depart from tradition by putting greater emphasis on topical invited sessions. The specific topics for many of these sessions have yet to be determined, but there will be sessions on many of the topics now under discussion in one or another of the traditional areas of our field: aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of education, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and social, political, and legal philosophy; as well as topics in such newer areas as Afro-American philosophy, applied ethics, and gender issues.
A list of invited program events is available. The invited program alone will demonstrate the remarkable richness and diversity of the Twentieth World Congress.
There are four venues for individuals to make a contribution to the Congress. One may contribute: 1) section papers, 2) round table proposals, 3) poster session theses, and/or 4) papers by members within the internal structure of individual society meetings. The first three categories are handled by the AOC, Inc.
The schedule for specific days on which contributed paper sections meet is available. Meetings of sections for paper presentations have been scheduled either on a single day or over the course of two or three consecutive days.
Organizers are responsible for:
Please note, as the published abstracts and final program booklets will not be mailed in advance of the meeting, round table organizers are responsible for pre-Congress communications with participants.
Two formats have traditionally prevailed at Congresses. In the first, a main speaker talks for about 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minute commentary, and a number of shorter statements of opinion; the rest of the time would be given over to general discussion. An alternative format involves three 20 minute papers on different aspects of the theme, then to be followed by general discussion.
The full listing for round table meetings is available. Information concerning participants and their institutional affiliations will be updated periodically as these details are provided to Congress organizers.
The full listing of society meetings is available. Information concerning speakers and their institutional affiliations will be updated periodically as these details are provided to Congress organizers.
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