Welcome to the home of the International Society for Value Inquiry (ISVI). The ISVI was established in 1986 to augment the international work of The American Society for Value Inquiry. The ISVI’ s purpose is to advance the study of values internationally through a three-fold focus encompassing (1)  general value theory, (2) interdisciplinary inquiry, and (3) applied valued studies. The ISVI offers the opportunity for scholars to share important ideas across cultural divides at ISVI meetings and in the ISVI web-posted Newsletters.


ISVI @ the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy
Athens, Greece, 4-10 Aug 2013

The ISVI will hold sessions at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, Greece 4-10 August 2013. The theme of the ISVI sessions is “Global Dialogue on Challenges of Value Inquiry.”  The ISVI has a long history meeting with the World Congress of Philosophy since it began in 1988 when it held sessions at the 18th WCP in Brighton, England. We look forward to having another successful set of sessions on the above theme. See the Conference Page for more information.

A Message from the ISVI President

First of all, I’d like to express my deepest thanks to David Schrader, my immediate predecessor in the role of ISVI President, and to all my other colleagues 
who worked with him during the past five years. Through collaboration they have been able to promote a number of excellent conferences that have made a  very 
deep impression upon my mind. In particular I wish to mention  favorably the Second International Conference on Axiology with the theme “Value Choice and 
Human Existence,” hosted by  the Philosophy Institute of Hubei University (Wuhan, China, 2004), the Third International Conference on Axiology with the theme “
Value Inquiry: A Global Conversation,” hosted by Alcala University (Alcala de Henares, Spain, 2007), and the ISVI Xi’an Summit of the World Forum on Axiology (WFA) with the theme “Rethink,ing Philosophy of Value Today” (Xi’an, China, 2008). For the excellent organizational work for the aforementioned  international conferences, I’d like to express heartfelt thanks to Professor Dai Maotang (for the Second) and Professor Stella Villarmea (for the Third). I am also very 
grateful for all the important things done for the ISVI and for the upcoming conference by Past  President  of  ISVI , Professor John Abbarno.

As the president  of  ISVI for  the next five years, I’d like to play an active role — one  that enables me to  both  inherit the past and usher in the future.  To this 
end, I will make every effort to promote conferences that foster scholarship so that all of us will continue to benefit from our ISVI-connected work.
One centrally important aim for ISVI  as a scholarly organization  that  I believe needs to be  promoted  and  fulfilled during the next five years is that of discovering  the common ground  or grounds for global values. For  during this time of globalization— with the world changing  in so many respects and bringing into 
sharper  focus  a variety of  conflicts between different cultures, ethnic groups, and  nations—inquiring  individuals of the world are
themselves coming closer together. Thus,  a philosophical understanding of  a comprehensive and cross cultural sort  is sorely needed. 
For, in spite of the conflicts, people want to live among those with whom they come into cordial  contact,  and  people  want to respect and appreciate one another through  acquiring  the necessary  intellectual foundation for learning the values of the other cultures. 
Globalization thus calls for purposeful dialogue across cultures aimed at  by finding a common value ground upon which the values 
of, for example,  both east and west can be understood and supported.  So, ISVI plays an important  role in meeting a real need  even
as it aims to provide a forum  that allows philosophers to promote a dialogue of the sort that searches for common ground. The completion of this  task  of discovery will surely benefit the entire world by meeting the need for cooperative  conceptualization of values, 
just as the current globalized financial cooperation in the face of financial crisis  is  benefitting  all with regard to financial  matters.  

The work of ISVI is thus perhaps even more important now than it has been at  any other time in the past. An open discussion of 
values concerning the world’s economic systems as well as a discussion of  other value matters  can  do much to  promote greater 
understanding of our role in the world today,  and may be the only method for successfully promoting a greater awareness of the need 
for globally based values. Thus I plan to host the Forth International Conference on Axiology in Wuhan in 2010 with the theme as 
“Values for a Changing World”. In 2013, there will be the ISVI Athens Summit of the World Forum on Axiology (WFA) designated 
as the ISVI’ s  pre-WCP satellite session,  that will be held jointly with the Fifth International Conference on Axiology — this joint 
meeting will be held in Athens of Greece.  In the same time frame, in Athens Greece, ISVI will  hold sessions at the  XXIII WCP.

Jiang Chang, Hubei University, China

ISVI Officers

Jiang Chang
Hubei University, China

Past Presidents:
David E. Schrader
Univ. of Delaware, U.S.A
G. John M. Abbarno
D’Youville College, U.S.A.
Thomas  Magnell
Drew University, U.S.A.
Sander H. Lee
Keene State Univ, U.S.A.

Ruth Lucier
Bennett College, U.S.A.

Directors of International Relations:
Marin Aiftinca
Romanian Academy, 

Lydia Amir
College of Management
Academic Studies, Israel

Robin Attfield
University of Whales, 
College of Cardoff, England
Pio Colonnelo
University of Naples, Italy

Hortensia Cuellar
Tecnoligico de Monterrey-CCM, Mexico
Ghazala Irfan
Lahaore University of 
Management Science, Pakistan
Feng Ping
Fudan University, China
Workineh Kelbessa

Thomas Magnell
Drew University, U.S.A.
Abdul Latif Samian
Univ. Kebangasaan Malaysia, Malaysia
Corazon Toralba
Jinfen Yan
University of Toranto, Canada