The Philosophy Department is hosting the 35th annual conference of the Philosophical Association of Visayas and Mindanao (PHAVISMINDA) from May 24-26 at Xavier University.
Around 24 scholars and professors from at least 17 universities and schools will discuss the theme, “Philosophy and Democracy: A Challenge to Responsive Governance,” and answer the question, “What universal democracy, if there is any, serves as ‘generic blueprint’ on managing systems in a crisis of liberal values and cultures?”
Archbishop Antonio Ledesma SJ DD of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro will keynote the conference. Other speakers are Dr Renante Pilapil of the Ateneo de Davao University, Dr Agustin Rodriguez of the Ateneo de Manila University and Dr Ryan Urbano of the University of San Carlos.
This is the second time in eight years that the Philosophy Department is hosting this event. As conference host, the organizers hope to relate the conference theme to Cagayan de Oro’s recent typhoon experience and encourage the participants to look into the kind of leadership necessary to support the rebuilding process of the city after Sendong. Through this gathering, XU hopes to provide a paradigm of lessons on leadership, liberty and life.