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Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP) National Conference 2015
8-10 May 2015
Casa San Pablo, Laguna

Theme: "Doing Philosophy in the Philippines: Towards a More Responsive Philosophy for the 21st Century Crises of the Time"

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Br. Romualdo Abulad, SVD, PhD, Univesity of Santo Tomas
Prof. Agustin Martin Rodriguez, PhD, Ateneo de Manila

The next annual conference of the Philosophical Association of the Philippines will carry the overall theme "Doing Philosophy in the Philippines" with a sub-theme "Towards a More Responsive Philosophy for the 21st Century Crises of the Time" intended to emphasize how the conduct of philosophy in the country, its professional pedagogy and extra-academic responses to the challenging issues of the century can continue to influence a critical mass that is now exposed to diverse platforms of engagement, locally and globally, or sustain its meaningful contribution beyond learning the essentials of critical thinking, which also involves ethical considerations and appeals to certain universal core values, in order to better understand and address the historical, political, social, economic and even spiritual transitions that have been altering the human condition as we know it.

It is the intention of the annual conference to provide a platform for scholars, academicians, teachers, young and old, cultural workers and theorists exposed to philosophical disciplines, etc. to explore the overall theme and sub-theme within the context of doing philosophy along the following streams but not necessarily restricted to them:

1) Filipino philosophy and its transition to a global intellectual front vis-à-vis the issues and concerns of modernity, or hypermodernity or the more familiar postmodernity (one may even think of ‘more screaming lived-experiences,’ using Heidegger’s phrase, along historical, political, cultural, and spiritual conditions of Filipino existence enmeshed in the global circuits of knowledge, production, and communication flows—the ascendancy of call center industry, the global experience of ‘Pinoy’ diaspora, and other post-colonial encounters, etc., are called to mind here. Papers along these lines may also explore folk and indigenous practices, attention to which has been overwhelmed by Western paradigms courtesy of the accessibility of the internet, especially their concealed philosophical strengths in relation to addressing the concerns and issues of our time.

2) Papers seeking to navigate the overlapping boundaries between philosophy and non-philosophical disciplines are also welcome, more in relation to the overall crisis of the Humanities on a global scale as it confronts the demands of innovation and market-centered knowledge production, consumption and management, which more than anything impact on the environment, hence, the much serious crisis of climate whose structural and ecological repercusions have become increasingly obvious, amplifying the conditions of risk, uncertainty, and anomie, above all, the precariousness of labor, related to global economic woes which are not independent of the physical conditions of the planet, leading to civil unrest around the globe. Having said these, papers along this stream may explore how, for instance, supplementarity or complementarity among various knowledge fronts may address the crises of our time, or how it may appeal to the human condition whose increasing vulnerability may yet suggest that it is time for disciplines to renounce their respective compartmentalization strategies, enforced by the academic bureaucracy, which only lead to politics of eliminativism, isolation and identity biases; in short, how can we forge alternatives for a sutainable Humanities which is the only unifying knowledge front that still binds the disciplines and sets aside their differences on behalf of the human condition.

3) Papers which seek meaningful extension or expansion of pedagogical approaches in teaching philosophy to the advancement of the human condition in its increasing sense of disposability are also welcome to explore topical interests in contemporary ethics, political and social philosophy, philosophy of religion, or sexuality, among others, which intend to address, for instance, the seemingly irreversible phenomenon of artificial intelligence, biogenetics, mind control, etc. as it expands to cultural and urban studies, media studies, cinema, literature, etc.

4) Submissions which relate to the interplay of secularity and religiosity, profane and sacred, are also invited to navigate how these boundaries are problematized, or radicalized, or even naively taken to be a norm in pursuing individual and collective happiness as they may be observed to have shaped the post-9/11 state of global security with the recent spate of extremist activities in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

5) Papers which intend to focus on the relevance of traditions in philosophical disciplines are also welcome, provided that papers along this stream need not be expository, but rather comparative with the aim of showing how our valued philosophical traditions still contain a secret that even experts in the discipline may least suspect to be timeless, especially in relation to contemporary challenges, and,

6) Submissions which aim to bridge the gap between the analytic and continental divide are most welcome with the proviso that a) they should not be too expository as to compromise the time allotted for detailing the relation of philosophy to contemporary issues and concerns, and b) that they should aim for the enhancement of the coeval promise of the Greek symposium, and its counterpart in so-called East Dionysian communities, among other examples, in which peoples aspired to "live contemporaneously with one another," granting they may never even settle, ever, with something like a marriage of epistemic destinies.

Submissions may utilize a single philosophical paradigm or thinker in addressing the overall theme and sub-theme of the conference, provided they intend not to be too expository. We invite professionals (and students) to submit a 500 word abstract, a paper outline, and a 200 word bionote in .doc or .pdf form not later than March 25, 2015 to with the subject "National Conference 2015 Submission." The scientific committee is going to review the aforementioned documents and inform accepted papers three (3) days after the aforementioned deadline.


For Accepted Paper Presenters: 4, 200.00Php
For Pre-registered Participants (students and professionals): 4, 500.00Php
For Walk-In Participants: 6,000.00Php (for professionals); 5,500.00Php (for undergraduate students/seminarians)

The registration fee includes membership to the PAP for 2015, an organizational shirt, the double edition of SURI, and board and lodging at the Casa San Pablo ( from 1300H of May 8 to 1300H of May 10, 2015; this means six meals and four meriendas. There is also a "fraternity night" on 9 May 2015.

Because the venue can only accommodate so much, we are accepting only the first sixty(60) participants for this year’s National Conference. We are going to announce in the PAP FB Page the number of pre-registered participants every now and then to keep you updated. []


For those who are pre-registering, kindly deposit the exact amount of 4,500.00Php to Banco De Oro - BDO Peso Savings Acct #: 764-001-0486, Acct Name: Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP), Inc. Write a letter stating your complete name, institutional affiliation, and contact details [address, email, and mobile number] and attach the scanned "BDO deposit slip" to with the subject "2015 PREREGISTRATION."A letter of confirmation will be sent to you within 24 hours recognizing the validity of your preregistration.
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