Circulars & Program

The World Congress of Philosophy is organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) in collaboration with one of its member societies. 

The XXIV World Congress will be held in Beijing, China, from August 13 to August 20, 2018, under the auspices of the Chinese Organizing Committee. 

The complementary aims of the 2018 Congress include an emphasis on exploring dimensions of the human and inquiring into the challenges facing humanity:
To globalize philosophical investigations to encompass the diverse forms of philosophizing by past and present thinkers across cultures, with special attention to critical reflections on philosophy itself and the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world;
To open the philosophical area to enable philosophers to address emerging global issues through fruitful interactions with other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with other activities in economic, social, political, and religious spheres, as well as with diverse cultures and traditions;
To encourage philosophical reflections to become public discourses on recurrent human concerns, such as ecology, justice, and peace. Endowed with arguably the longest history of cultural continuity but deeply challenged by severe ruptures in its modern transformation, China provides a unique locale to raise fundamental questions about self, community, nature, spirituality, traditions, and modernity, evoking the idea of philosophy as practice as well as theory. 

The 2018 Congress invites discussions on the nature, roles, and responsibilities of philosophy and philosophers to enhance a common awareness of “learning to be human.” It is committed to attending to problems, conflicts, inequalities, and injustices connected with the development of a planetary civilization that is simultaneously technoscientific and multicultural.

1. Self
2. Community
3. Nature
4. Spirituality
5. Traditions
1. Ren, Ubuntu, Love, and the Heart
2. Mind, Brain, Body, Consciousness, Emotions
3. Philosophy at the Margins: Domination,
Freedom, and Solidarity
4. Rights, Responsibility, and Justice
5. Human, Non-human, Post-human
6. Science, Technology, and the Environment
7. Creativity, Symbol, and Aesthetic Sense
8. Reason, Wisdom, and the Good Life
9. Expressibility, Dialogue, Translatability
10. Differences, Diversities, and Commonality

1. Aesthetics and philosophies of art
2. African philosophy
3. Africana philosophy
4. Ancient Greek philosophy
i. Presocratic philosophy
ii. Classical Greek philosophy
iii. Hellenistic philosophy
iv. Neo-Platonic philosophy
5. Bioethics
6. Buddhist philosophy
7. Business ethics
8. Byzantine philosophy
9. Chinese philosophy
i. Pre-Qin philosophy
ii. Philosophy from Han to Qing
iii. Modern Chinese philosophy
iv. Contemporary Chinese philosophy
10. Christian philosophy
11. Comparative philosophy
12. Conceptual history
13. Confucian philosophy
14. Contemporary philosophy
15. Contemporary philosophies in China
16. Cosmopolitanism
17. Daoist philosophy
18. East Asian and Southeast Asian philosophies
19. Environmental philosophy
20. Ethics
21. Ethics in research
22. Existential philosophy
23. Experimental philosophy
24. History of analytic philosophy
25. History of philosophy
26. Humanism and post-humanism
27. Human rights
28. Indian philosophies
29. Intercultural philosophy
30. Islamic philosophy
31. Jewish philosophy
32. Latin American philosophy
33. Logic
34. Marxist philosophy
35. Medical ethics
36. Medieval philosophy
37. Metaphilosophy
38. Metaphysics
39. Mystical traditions in philosophy
40. Moral psychology
41. Ontology
42. Phenomenology
43. Philosophical anthropology
44. Philosophical counseling and therapy
45. Philosophical hermeneutics
46. Philosophical issues about race
47. Philosophy and cinema
48. Philosophy and linguistics
49. Philosophy and literature
50. Philosophy and popular culture
51. Philosophy and oral traditions
52. Philosophy and psychoanalysis
53. Philosophy at the margins
54. Philosophy for children
55. Philosophy of action
56. Philosophy of architecture
57. Philosophy of argumentation
58. Philosophy of artificial intelligence
59. Philosophy of cognitive neurosciences
60. Philosophy of communication
61. Philosophy of culture
62. Philosophy of death
63. Philosophy of development
64. Philosophy of economics
65. Philosophy of education
66. Philosophy of family
67. Philosophy of food
68. Philosophy of gender
69. Philosophy of globalization
70. Philosophy of history
71. Philosophy of indigenous cultures
72. Philosophy of information and digital culture
73. Philosophy of language
74. Philosophy of law
75. Philosophy of liberation
76. Philosophy of logic
77. Philosophy of mathematics
78. Philosophy of mind
79. Philosophy of music
80. Philosophy of nature
81. Philosophy of physics
82. Philosophy of religion
83. Philosophy of science
84. Philosophy of sex and love
85. Philosophy of sport
86. Philosophy of technology
87. Philosophy of the axial age
88. Philosophy of the body
89. Philosophy of the human and social sciences
90. Philosophy of the life sciences
91. Philosophy of values
92. Political philosophy
93. Postmodernism
94. Renaissance and early modern philosophy
95. Russian philosophy
96. Social philosophy
97. Sociology of philosophy
98. Teaching philosophy
99. Theories of knowledge and epistemology
There will be at least five endowed lectures, named Ibn Roshd, Maimonides, Kierkegaard, Dasan, and Wang Yangming.

Papers shall be submitted either (a) as an electronic version by attachment to an e-mail message to the
following address: or, in exceptional circumstances, (b) as one paper copy, typewritten and double-spaced, addressed to:
Chinese Organizing Committee 24th World Congress of Philosophy
Secretariat Department of Philosophy—Peking University
No.5 Yiheyuan Road Haidian District,
Beijing, P.R.China 100871
北京市海淀区颐和园路 5 号北京大学哲学
Submissions should not exceed 1800 words (or 3000 characters for papers submitted in Chinese), and should be accompanied by a maximum 200-word abstract (500 characters in Chinese). The submission should include an indication, prominently displayed, of the section for which the contributed paper is intended and shall be written in one of the official languages of the Congress.
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.
Papers and proposals for round-tables and poster sessions should be sent to the above addresses.

The International Program Committee will decide specific topics of invited sessions, upon proposals by CD members.
Proposals are invited for round-tables on more specific philosophical topics. Organizers of roundtables should take into consideration that roundtables should usually include speakers from as least three different countries and that the participants must be registered for the Congress.
The organizers and the themes of round-tables are subject to the approval of the International Program Committee.
Proposals are also invited for thematic workshops and student sessions.

Member societies of FISP that wish to hold meetings during the Congress are kindly requested to apply to the Secretary General of FISP no later than June 1, 2017. The number of sessions organized by each member society may be subject to limitations.

October 1, 2017 is the deadline for the receipt of contributed papers and for proposals for round-tables, workshops and student sessions. Papers and proposals received after this deadline, but before February 1, 2018, may be accepted, if space is still available.