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Values in a Changing World


Cultures are defined by their core values. As our human world is moving through profound changes and internal strives, adjustment and dialogue in values are looming ever more urgent.  Local and traditional values are incessantly challenged by the development of high technologies, the spread of the internet and social media, and regional and global financial and social crises, while new values are coined and consumed with or without our notice. The promotion of Core Values in China has already galvanized a new consciousness of value dialogues. In 2016, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have wakened up millions to see a different world of values surrounding us.

In view of all these changes and challenges, the School of Philosophy of Beijing Normal University, the Department of Humanities of the University of Macerata, and the International Society for Value Inquiry will hold the Macerata International Forum on Values, with the theme “Values in a Changing World”, from 13 to 14 July 2017 at the University of Macerata, Italy.  Philosophers and other scholars from around the world will be welcomed to discuss issues of values in a changing world to promote inquiry, reflection, and mutual understanding.

Suggested topics:
Plurality of Cultures and Values
Value Dialogues: Norms and Methods
Value Identification and Value Education
Human Dignity and Human Development
Modernity and the Enlightenment: Old and New Meanings
Social and Global Justice
Globalization and Shared Development
Human Values and Ecological Balance