Statement by the Steering Committee of FISP
APPEAL FOR THE INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES IN MOSCOW
For a number of years, the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences has been threatened with exclusion from its historical headquarters at 14, Volhonka Street in central Moscow. This has now come to a head and we urgently wish to consult with you, to publicise what is happening, and to seek your support.
The Institute itself and the building that it has occupied since 1929 are of historic importance and vital to the intellectual and academic life of both the city and the nation. The Institute is in possession of a contract to rent the building from the City government, at least until 2019. Recently, however, ownership of the building was transferred from the City of Moscow to a governmental agency, which is now acting unilaterally to expel the Institute and pass on the building to other hands. No provision of any kind has been proposed for re-housing the Institute.
On 16 November 2009, the UNESCO World Philosophy Day took place at the Institute. It included significant expressions of scholarly appreciation towards the work of the Institute. However, we have learned that even this event was in some danger despite existing agreements.
Because the future of this renowned and unique Institute of Philosophy is bleak unless it can secure the base for its continuing work, we strongly express our support to our colleagues in Moscow and protest against any attempt to reduce the role of the Institute of Philosophy on the international philosophical stage.
We write in support of the continuation of the life of the Institute in the same place where the Institute has always been located, thereby recognising its historic place in Russian and world philosophy.
PRESIDENT: William McBride, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University, USA.
Marietta Stepaniants, vice-présidente, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Herta Nagl-Docekal, vice-présidente, Institut für Philosophie, University of Vienna, Wien, Austria.
Betul Çotuksöken, vice-présidente, Maltepe University, Faculty of Science and Letters, Maltepe-Istanbul, Turkey.
GENERAL SECRETARY: Luca M. Scarantino, Conseil international de la philosophie et des sciences humaines (CIPSH), Paris, France.
TREASURER: Guido Küng, Département de Philosophie, Université, Fribourg, Suisse.
Peter Kemp, ancien président, Department of Philosophy of Education, the Danish University of Education, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Gholamreza Aavani, Department of Philosophy, Shahid Baheshti University, Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Günter Abel, Department of Philosophy, Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
Joseph C.A. Agbakoba, Department of Philosophy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Tanella Boni, Professeur, Paris, France.
Tomas Calvo-Martinez, Departamento de Filosofía, Faculdad de Filosofía, Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain.
Bhuvan Chandel, Centre for Studies in Civilization, New Delhi, India.
Marcelo Dascal, Department of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Didier Deleule, Professeur émérite, Paris, France.
Thalía Fung Riveron, Facultad de Filosofía e Historia, Universidad de La Habana, Ciudad Habana, Cuba.
Paulin J. Hountondji, Cotonou, Benin.
Ivan Kaltchev, Philosophy Department, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Hyung Chul Kim, Dept. of Philosophy, Yonsei University, Liberal Arts and Social Science, Seoul, Korea.
Mislav Kukoc, University of Split, Faculty of Philosophy, Split, Croatia.
Maija Kule, Professor, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.
Samuel Lee, Seoul, Korea.
Ernest Lepore, Rutgers University, Center for Cognitive Science, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
Dermot Moran, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
Ilkka Niiniluoto, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
Pham Van Duc, Institute of Philosophy, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Hans Poser, Institut für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte der Technischen Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
Riccardo Pozzo, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Verona, Verona, Italy.
Jacob Dahl Rendtorff, Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark.
Basilio Rojo-Ruiz, University of the Americas, Sta Catarina Mártir, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.
Ken-ichi Sasaki, Nihon University, College of Humanities and Sciences, Tokyo, Japan.
David Schrader, Executive Director, American Philosophical Association, University of Delaware, Newark, USA.
Gerhard Seel, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
Warayuth Sriwarakuel, Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion, Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand.
William Sweet, Director, Centre for Philosophy, Theology, and Cultural Traditions, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada.
Tran Van Doan, Dept. of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, College of Liberal Arts, Taiwan.
Tu Weiming, East Asian Languages & Civilizations Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
Lourdes Velazquez, Recco, Italy.
Stelios Virvidakis, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
Dikun Xie, Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China.
Evandro Agazzi, Recco (Ge), Italy.
Ioanna Kuçuradi, Ankara, Turkey.
Francisco Miro-Quesada, Surco, Lima, Peru.
William Leon McBride, President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies.
Gerardo Marotta, President of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici (Naples, Italy).
Edward V. Demenchonok, President of the International Society for Universal Dialogue
Evandro Agazzi, Honorary President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (Recco (Ge), Italy).
Gholamreza Aavani, Member of the Steering Committee of FISP, Department of Philosophy, Shahid Baheshti University, Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences (Tehran, Iran).
Bhuvan Chandel, Member of the Steering Committee of FISP, Centre for Studies in Civilization (New Delhi, India).
Thalía Fung Riveron, Member of the Steering Committee of FISP, Facultad de Filosofía e Historia, Universidad de La Habana (Ciudad Habana, Cuba).
In-Suk Cha, UNESCO Chair in Philosophy, Seoul National University.
“I learned from the appeal message for the FISP that the great Institute of Philosohy is facing an imminent eviction. This news is indeed increditable. There must be some great misgivings on tne part of the government agency dealling with the issue.
Mislav Kukoc, Member of the Steering Committee of FISP, University of Split, Faculty of Philosophy (Split, Croatia).
Prof. Dr. Hans Poser, Former President of the German Philosophical Society, Vice-President of the International Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft Hannover, Vice-President of the Guardini-Stiftung Berlin, Member of the Steering Committee of FISP, Institut für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte der Technischen Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany).
– in editing the classical Russian philosophical writings, which are documents of the national Russian contribution to European culture
– and which will be a paradigm for a new national philosophy of international influence; and in important and fruitful research in philosophy laid down in a striking series of books.
All these activities are connected with the place where the research is done; so, Volhonska 14 is the internationally well known symbol of Russian philosophy. Therefore I strongly recommend that the plans to move the Institute will be canceled completely: Russia should by no means destroy parts of its intellectual roots!”
Gerhard Seel, Member of the Steering Committee of FISP, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
Predrag Cicovacki, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, USA).
Fred Dallmayr, Packey J. Dee Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, USA).
Dr. Manuel Ocampo Ponce. Sociedad Mexicana de Filosofía.
Roger-Pol Droit, Researcher, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Paris, France).
Michael Palencia-Roth, Trowbridge Scholar in Literary Studies, Emeritus Professor of Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois (Urbana, Illinois).
Anne Fagot-Largeault, PhD, MD, Member, French Academy of Science. Professor, College de France. Chair, Philosophy of Life Science (Paris).
Gereon Wolters, Professor, Universität Konstanz (Germany). Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki (Finland).
Dr. Francisco Naishtat, President of Centro de Investigaciones Filosòficas (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Directeur de Programme of the Collège International de Philosophie (France).
Prof. Ida Galli, Facoltà di Sociologia, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” (Napoli).
Stéphane Douailler, Professeur de philosophie, Université de Paris 8 (France).
Françoise Bonardel, Professeur-Docteur, University of Paris1-Sorbonne (Paris, France).
Jean-Pierre Osier, PH.D of Jaina Studies, Paris III (France).
Herman Lodewyckx, Vice-president of the AIPPh (Oostende, Belgium).
Evert van der Zweerde, Dr
Roger Smith, PhD, Reader Emeritus in History of Science, Lancaster University, UK, associate of the Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, sometime Visiting Professor, University of Lausanne, Goteborg, Durham etc.
Fernando Salvetti, founderand managing partner LKN - People Development Logos Knowledge Network.
Ian Hacking, Professeur honoraire, Collège de France. University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto.
Dan Zahavi, Ph.D., Dr.Phil., Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Section, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen. Director Danish National Research Foundation: Center for Subjectivity Research University of Copenhagen (Denmark).
Prof. Dr. Herbert Breger (Hannover, Germany).
Pekka Elo, Counsellor of Education Finnish National Board of Education.
Andre du Pisani, University of Namibia (UNAM).
“It is with profound sadness that I have learnt that the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences is under threat of being expelled from its historical building. If this were to happen, it would amount to a form of anti-intellectualism that is most disturbing. An “attack” on one is an “attack” on all. I write in support of the continuation of the intellectual and spiritual life of the Institute at the same site where it has been located since 1929, thereby celebrating its centrality in the intellectual and cultural life of the Russina Republic”.
Prof. Dr. Hans Joerg Sandkuehler, Universitaet Bremen. Deutsche Abt. Menschenrechte und Kulturen des europaeischen UNESCO-Lehrstuhls fuer Philosophie (Paris).
Jean-Luc Marion, de l''''Académie française. Professeur à l''''Université Paris-Sorbonne et à The University of Chicago.
Paul Gochet, Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, former vice-president of the International Institute of Philosophy (Brussels, Belgium).
Dr. Mario Alai, researcher, Department of Philosophy, University of Urbino (ITALY).
Mario Bunge, FRSC Frothingham Professor of Logic and Metaphysics McGill University Department of Philosophy (Montreal, Canada).
Mme Hourya Benis Sinaceur, Directrice de recherche de classe exceptionnelle au Centre National de la Recherche, France Membre de l''''Institut International de Philosophie.
Prof. Jacques Poulain, Titulaire de la Chaire UNESCO de philosophie de la culture et des institutions (à vocation européenne). Directeur du Département de Philosophie de l''''Université de Paris 8.
Corina Yoris, President of the Philosophical Society of Venezuela (Venezuela).
Prof. Lorenzo Fellin, Padova University. Electrical Engineering Dep.t (Director). Padova University. Photometric Laboratory of Padova University (Director). Senior Member of Venetian Academy of Science and Literature (Padova, Italy).
Paola de Cuzzani, Professor Departement of Philosophy, University of Bergen.
F. CHENET, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Paris-Sorbonne.
Tom Mackenzie, Founder / managing partner of Philantrust, Paris.
Prof. Tom Rockmore, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Rom Harré, Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, Distinguished Research Professor of Georgetown University, Washington DC, US and Director of the Centre for Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, at the London School of Economics, UK.
Professor Godabarisha Mishra, Member Secretary Indian Council of Philosophical Research (Under Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India) (New Delhi, India).
Our Chairman, Professor Ramakrishna Rao joins me in sending our total support for the continuation of the Institute in the same building and we wish that the imaginative cultural administration of the Soviet Government will most seriously re-consider the matter and preserve the excellent academic ambiance created and promoted by the Institute of Philosophy right up to this day. Not only me and our present Chairman, but several of the eminent philosophers of India have happy memories of their visits to this historic building, a national philosophical heritage of Russia and wish that this will continue to be a source of inspiration for philosophers round the world for many more years to come”.
Michel Hulin, emeritus professor, Sorbonne (Paris IV).
K. Anthony Appiah, Chair, Executive Board, American Philosophical Association. Chair, Board, American Council of Learned Societies. President, PEN American Center. Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans Lenk, Honorary President of Institut International de Philosophie.
Leonard Harris, Ph.D., Director, Philosophy and Literature Ph.D. Program. Purdue University, Department of Philosophy.
In addition to my work in philosophy and literature, the Philosophy Born of Struggle Association (PBOS.COM) has for thirteen years sponsored conferences that often addressed the kinds of issues that the Institute if famous for addressing, for example, what is freedom? PBOS meets in different locations around the United States. The fact that the Institute has a single physical location gives it an identity that is worth keeping.
I earnestly hope that the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Volkhonka street, Central Moscow, will remain in its current location and continue to be a leading intellectual community and a physical building for which philosophers can continue to visit”.
E. Moutsopoulos, Membre d''''Académie d'''' Athènes et surintendant de son Centre de Philosophie.
Nadja Tollemache OBE, Former Ombudsman for New Zealand; Former Banking Ombudsman; Former Chair of the New Zealand Health Research Council Ethics Committee.
Raymundo Morado, Presidente de la Asociación Filosófica de México.
Franco Turini, Professor of the University of Pisa, President of the “Center for studies Federigo Enriques”, Livorno Italy.
Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin, President of the German Philosophical Association, Seminar of Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany).
Paul Humphreys, Chair, Committee on International Cooperation, American Philosophical Association.
Prof. Sergejus Temcinas, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Vilnius.
Ma Yinmao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
Jan Rybak, research assistant at Rzeszow University of Technology.
Tõnu Viik, Professor of Philosophy, Tallinn University (Estonia).
Ingrid Maier, Professor, Vitterhetsakademien. Uppsala Universitet. (Uppsala, Sverige).
James Robert Brown, FRSC, Professor, Department of Philosophy University of Toronto (Canada).
Michel Ghins, Member of the International Academy of the Philosophy of Science, professor at the Institut Supérieur de Philosophie, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Leila Haaparanta, Professor of Philosophy, Department of History and Philosophy, University of Tampere (Finland).
Dr. Renate Schindler, Teacher for general Philosophy, German-Jewish Philosophy and Philosophy of Children, Member of the International Franz-Rosenzweig-society, Member of the Hermann-Cohen-society (Berlin, Germany).
Dr. Prof. Riccardo Sirello, Secretary International of the Board - AIPPh Association Internationale des Professeurs de Philosophie.
Ricardo Pereira Tassinari, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, UNESP – Univ Estadual Paulista, Brazil.
Alexandre Costa-Leite, Department of Philosophy, University of Brasilia, Brazil.
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