The purpose of the Council for Research in Values and
Philosophy (RVP) is to identify areas related to values and
social life which are in need of research, to bring together
the professional competencies in philosophy and related
human sciences needed for this research, and to publish the
resulting studies. It does this through local research teams
in all parts of the globe, which are interrelated through
regional conferences and annual 5-10 week seminars. These
respond to the new awareness of the cultural grounds of
human life and the newly global character of their
The Council grew out of a series of international
philosophical conferences in India, Jerusalem, Kenya, New
York and Bogota beginning in the 1970s. It has promoted team
research on cultural heritage and contemporary change
resulting in the publication and distribution of over 300
The Council is constituted of prominent philosophers and
social scientists from the many countries across the world.
It was formally organized and incorporated in the District
of Columbia in 1983 with 501 C3 status where it directs the
Center for the Study of Culture and Values.
understand and appreciate one's
own culture and the values that shape aspirations and
- To understand other cultures and to develop a positive yet
critical appreciation thereof.
- To build cooperation among peoples by healing deep
tensions and promoting peace and cooperation on a global
mobilize research teams to study the nature, interpretation
and development of cultures and to apply them to the
challenges of contemporary change.
- To publish and distribute the results of these efforts
- To organize extended seminars for deeper exploration of
these issues and regional conferences for the coordination
of this work.