The World Congresses of Philosophy are organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies in collaboration with one of its member societies, which assumes responsibility for the organization of the Congress.

The XXII World Congress of Philosophy will be held from July 30 through August 5 in Seoul under the auspieces of the Korean Philosophical Association. It has several aims, which are to be understood as complementary.

To call attention to the importance of philosophcial reflection on philosophy itself, especially critical reflection on the diverse forms taken by contemporary philosophy and the history of philosophy.

To reflect on the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world, taking account of the contributions, expectations, and gaps in philosophical awareness that are associated with other disciplines such as the natural and humane sciences, with political, religious, social, economic, financial, technological, etc. activities, as well as with diverse cultures and traditions.

The first Congress to be held in Asia, the Seoul Congress presents a clear invitation to rethink the nature, roles, and responsibilities of philosophy and of philosophers in the age of globalization. It is committed to paying heed to the problems, conflicts, inequalities, and injustices connected with the development of a planetary civilization that is at once multiculural and techno-scientific.

The main theme of the Congress will be developed, according to the tradition of the World Congress, in the following four plenary sessions and five symposia.


1. Rethinking Moral, Social and Political Philosophy: Democracy, Justice and Global Responsibility

2. Rethinking Metaphysics and Aesthetics: Reality, Beauty and the Meaning of Life

3. Rethinking Epistemology, Philosophy of Science and Technology: Knowledge and Culture

4. Rethinking History of Philosophy and Comparative Philosophy: Traditions, Critique and Dialogue


1. Conflict and Tolerance

2. Globalization and Cosmopolitanism

3. Bioethics, Environmental Ethics and Future Generations

4. Tradition, Modernity and Post-modernity: Eastern and Western Perspectives

5. Philosophy in Korea


Aesthetics and Philosophy of Arts Ancient Philosophy Applied Ethics Approaches to Philosophy Bioethics and Medical Ethics Buddhist Philosophy Business Ethics Comparative Philosophy Confucian Philosophy Ethics Human Rights Images and Symbols Logic and Philosophy of Logic Medieval Philosophy Metaphysics Modern Philosophy Ontology Persons and Identity Phenomenology Philosophical Anthropology Philosophical Hermeneutics Philosophy of Cognitive Science Philosophy of Communication and Information Philosophy and Economics Philosophy and Environment Philosophy and Future Generations Philosophy and Gender Philosophy and Literature Philosophy for Children Philosophy in Africa: Contemporary Issues Philosophy in Asia and the Pacific: Contemporary Issues Philosophy in Europe: Contemporary Issues Philosophy in Latin America: Contemporary Issues Philosophy in North America: Contemporary Issues Philosophy of Action Philosophy of Culture Philosophy of Education Philosophy of History Philosophy of Language Philosophy of Law Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Mind Philosophy of Natural Sciences Philosophy of Nature Philosophy of Religion Philosophy of Social Sciences Philosophy of Sport Philosophy of Technology Philosophy of Values Social and Political Philosophy Taoist Philosophy Teaching Philosophy Theory of Knowledge Time and Memory


Submit both (a) two paper copies of approximately 6 pages (1800 words) typewritten and double-spaced, with 1.5cm margins on all sides of the text, accompanied by a 10-20 line abstract, and (b) an electronic version, either on disk or as an attachment to an e-mail message. Both should be addressed to the Korean Organizing Committee and should include an indication, prominently displayed, of the section for which the contributed paper is intended and of the language in which it has been written.

The International Program Committee reserves the right to accept or not accept papers on the basis of criteria of quality. Only papers of a philosophical nature will be considered for inclusion in the program.


June 1, 2007 is the deadline for the receipt of contributed papers and for proposals for round-tables and poster sessions. Papers and proposals received after this deadline, but before January 1, 2008 may be accepted, if space is still available.

Send papers and proposals for round-table and poster sessions to the Korean Organizing Committee


www.wcp2008.or.kr <http://www.wcp2008.or.kr/>



* $175 for early registration prior to June 1, 2007 * $200 for registration prior to January 1, 2008 * $225 for registration after January 1, 2008 * $100 for accompanying person * $80 for students

Accommodation and Flights: to be announced later

Book Exhibition: to be announced later

--- Jinho Kang Assistant Professor Department of Philosophy Seoul National University Associate Secretary General, Korean Organizing Committee World Congress of Philosophy 2008