Invitation

On behalf of the community of the Institute of Philosophy of Adam Mickiewicz University and the whole philosophical community of Poznań I would like to invite every person for whom philosophizing is one of the greatest adventures of their life to the Tenth Polish Philosophical Congress.

I extend my thanks to the Committee on Philosophical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences and to the Management Board of the Polish Philosophical Society for accepting our application.

I would like to thank Professor Krzysztof Brzechczyn, the chairman of the Program Committee, and Professor Antoni Szczuciński, the chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Tenth Polish Philosophical Congress, for their enthusiasm and willingness to organize our meeting in Poznań.

I would also like to thank Professor Zbigniew Drozdowicz, the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, for his considerate support of the idea of organizing the Congress in Poznań and for his generous practical and theoretical advice.

Poznań is waiting for philosophers, with hope as, contrary to the stereotypes, order is not the only value cherished by the inhabitants of Poznań.  We also value reflection on order because we are aware of the fact that without that reflection the need for order would be empty and blind. One manifestation of that intellectual approach was, definitely, the Poznań School of Methodology, co-created by professors Jerzy Kmita, Leszek Nowak, and Jerzy Topolski, the goal of which was to demonstrate that philosophical language can also be characterized by scientific precision. The Poznań School of Methodology continues to exert great influence on the Polish and European philosophical tradition.

I am glad that Poznań will be the venue of the jubilee Congress as scientific precision is certainly much needed not only philosophy but in reflection on every aspect of our private and social lives.   I do not know if philosophy will ever permeate the proverbial ‘every household’ but I do know that Polish schools could be more open to it. I am convinced that the Poznań Congress will prove that there should and can be more wisdom in Poland.

I can assure you that all participants of the Tenth Congress will feel very well in Poznań. I hope that we will find, on the many scenes – also called lectures or panels – of the Congress the best conditions for exchanging our philosophical views, hopes, and worries. The Congress will be divided into many sections, the diversity of which is a testimony to the many faces of philosophy in the world.   It depends on us whether that diversity will bring about divisions or a difficult but fruitful cognitive connection.

Prof. Roman Kubicki, Ph.D. Director of

the Institute of Philosophy of Adam Mickiewicz University