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The First PNPRS Lecture was delivered by Dr. Gina Opiniano on 18 February 2017 (Saturday) at 2-5 PM at AMV College of Accounting, UST, Manila. The lecture title is: "Simone de Beauvoir's Existentialist Feminism: A Critical Reading of the Philippine Magna Carta of Women."

PNPRS is adjusting the succeeding lectures to later dates in view of changes in the Philippine semestral and trimestral breaks.


      We will continue to retain the number of lecturers to six for 2017. As usual, the attendance of the lectures is inspired by the Fall Seminars of CRVP (see http://www.crvp.org) and the Vienna Circle where the number of participants ranges from seven to twenty or a little bit more. Even in some sessions of international conferences and in many sessions of the World Congress of Philosophy, an attendance of seven to fifteen is normal. The important thing is that there is a lecture and there are people who listen, discuss, and ask questions.

      The officers for 2017-2018 are retained: (1) Rolando M. Gripaldo, PhD (DLSU and MSU, Ret.) – Executive Governor, (2) Jove Jim Aguas, PhD (University of Santo Tomas) – Vice Executive Governor, (3) Juan Rafael Macaranas, PhD (De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila) - Chairman of the Board of Governors, (4) Roland Pada, MA (University of Santo Tomas, Manila) - Vice Chair of the Board, (5) Nicolito Gianan, PhD (University of the Philippines at Los Baños) - Secretary, (6) Alvin Tan, MA (University of Santo Tomas)- Treasurer, (7) Moses Aaron Angeles, PhD (San Beda College) - Auditor, and (8) Wilhelm Julian, PhD (Department of Agrarian Reform, Quezon City) - Public Relations Officer.

      The bonafide PNPRS members—in addition to the seven officers—as of 1 January 2016 are the following: The bonafide PNPRS members—in addition to the eight officers—as of 1 January 2017 are the following: (9) Delfin P. Chiniona, MA (Technological Institute of the Philippines, Quezon City); (10) Jerwin M. Mahaguay, MA (FEU-EAC, Manila); (11) Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani, PhD ((University of Ghana); (12) Feorillo P. A, Demeterio III, PhD (De La Salle University, Manila); (13) Edwin Etieyibo, PhD (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg); (14) Brendan Howe, PhD (Ehwa Womans University, Seoul); (15) Napoleon M. Mabaquiao Jr. (De La Salle University, Manila); (16) Olusegun Noah Olawoyin, PhD (Ekiti State University, Nigeria); (17) Roland Theuas Pada, MA (University of Santo Tomas, Manila); (18) Hulya Simga, PhD (Koc University, Istanbul); (19) Murat Bac, PhD (Bogazici Universty, Istanbul); (20) Ufuk Ozen Baykent, PhD (Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey); (21) Peter M. Collins, PhD (Institute for the History of Philosophy and Pedagogy, Rockville, Maryland); (22) Leslie Anne Liwanag, MA (De La Salle University, Manila); (23) Juan Rafael G. Macaranas, PhD (De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde); (24) Rizalino Noble Malabed, PhD (University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna); (25) Zsolt Ziegler, PhD (Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary); (26) Wilfried Vanhoutte, PhD (Saint Louis University, Baguio City); (27) Marc Rondera, MPR (National University, Manila); and (28) Noelle Leslie Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, Manila).

The first PNPRS lecture was held at the University of Santo Tomas. Succeeding PNPRS lecture schedules will be announced later.
[Registration fee will be determined later.]

1. 18 February (Saturday, 2:30-5:00 PM)              - Gin Aquino Opiniano (PhD), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (Venue: UST, Manila): "Simone de Beauvoir's Existentialist Feminism: A Critical Reading of the Philippine Magna Carta of Women."

ABSTRACT: To clarify notions on the “Filipino woman,” “transcendence,” “empowerment,” “freedom,” and “equality,” and to provide a possible groundwork for laws on women in other countries, this paper sought answers to the questions, (1) “What is Simone de Beauvoir’s existentialist feminism?” and (2) “How does her existentialist feminism reflect in the provisions of the Philippine Magna Carta of Women?” A critical exploration of these elements of the study was done by tracing how Existentialist Feminism of Beauvoir has developed from a constructive summary of the biography of the philosopher, the historical context during her time, the influences of her philosophy and her feminism. Further, the themes of Beauvoir’s Existentialist Feminism were distinctly elaborated as an offshoot of the development of the said philosophy. Upon establishing the cornerstones that comprise Existentialist Feminism, the substantive provisions of the Magna Carta of Women were read in the Beauvoirian perspective. Altogether, the results of the study contributed to a better picture of the Filipina woman’s character in such a perspective. The study also contributed to a deeper understanding of the Philippine Magna Carta of women in the context of the notions of “situated freedom” and “reciprocal recognition” of Beauvoir’s philosophy.

2. Wait for the announcement of the succeeding lectues.


          Papers for the 2017 PNPRS Annual Lecture Series are welcome. They should be thesis-oriented although an expository paper on a philosopher's ideas may be welcome if its significance is justified in the text. The title must be catchy or thought-provoking.An abstract of 100-150 words is preferred. You can write on any philosophical topic provided the length does not go beyond 15 pages, New Times Roman, font 12, single-spaced, including notes and references. Deadline for abstracts is not later than 15 December 2016. Final papers should be submitted by 31 December 2016. The earlier submitted the better. Only 6 papers will be accepted and scheduled. The presentation will be good for 40-45 minutes, accompanied with powerpoint.


          Two major activities of the Philippine National Philosophical Research Society (PNPRS) are (1) the publication of Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy (to view the various covers of the journal, click here), which is abstracted in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) Book of Knowledge, Scopus, EBSCO, The Philosopher’s Index, C&R Index Database (www.ejournals.ph), and recently the ASEAN Citation Index Database, and (2) the Annual Lecture Series. On 11 September 2012 the Philippine Commission on Higher Education classified the journal as Category A-1 [click to view]. To view some pages of the January 2016 issue, click here; and to view some pages of the May 2016 issue, click here. To view some pages of the January 2017 issue, click here; and to view some pages of the May 2017 issue, click here


1stlect2011 The Philippine National Philosophical Research Society is a nonstock, nonsectarian, and nonprofit society. Its advocacy is to make philosophy an essential instrument and academic discipline in nation-building and world understanding. It recognizes loyalty to philosophy and to the nation. To support its activities, particularly philosophical researches and the publication of Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy, the Society shall raise funds for such purposes. It shall explore avenues of raising funds through memberships, subscriptions, donations, and others. It shall also establish links with foundations, philanthropists, political and economic leaders, and other entities (Art. I, Sec. 1, PNPRS By-Laws). PNPRS hopes to produce not just scholars but world class philosophers as well. The picture is the 1st lecture of the 2011 PNPRS Lecture Series, which included students. We have now shifted to teachers and professional philosophers. We have now shifted to teachers and professional philosophers. To view the group pictures of the 1st to the 6th lectures of the 2014 Lecture Series, click here.To view the group pictures of the 1st to 6th lectures of the 2015 Lecture Series, click here.To view the group pictures of the 1st to 2nd lectures of the 2016 Lecture Series, click here. To view the group pictures of the 1st lecture of the 2017 Lecture Series, click here.


          PNPRS was registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1997 with Certificate of Registration No. A199704867[click to view]. In 2010 it obtained its Certificate of Filing of Amended Articles of Incorporation [click to view], its Certificate of Filing of New By-Laws [click to view], its Bureau of Internal Revenue Certificate of Registration [click to view], and in 2017, its latest General Information Sheet (GIS 2017) [click to view].


RUDOLF CARNAP: “When we look at the historical development of the sciences we see that philosophy has been the mother of them all.” [2011]
MARTIN HEIDEGGER: “It is in words and language that things first come into being and are.” [2012]
LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN: “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” [January-June 2013]
JOHN SEARLE: “Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself.” [July-December 2013]
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE: “Reality is a flux, an endless becoming (Werden) that is beyond words and language—all language is metaphor, useful to us but ultimately detached from reality (metaphysics is dead).” [January-July 2014]
ROBIN WILLIAMS: “So avoid using the word ‘very,’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired. He is exhausted. Don’t use ‘very sad,’ use ‘morose.’ Language was invented for one reason, boys—to woo women—and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.” (Quoted from N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society) [August-October 2014]
JOHN LOCKE: “We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.” [November-December 2014]
G. F. W. HEGEL: “Just as when I say 'all animals,' this expression cannot pass for a zoology, so it is equally plain that the words, 'the Divine,' 'the Absolute,' 'the Eternal,' etc., do not express what is contained in them; and only such words, in fact, do express the intuition as something immediate. Whatever is more than such a word, even the transition to a mere proposition, contains a becoming-other that has to be taken back, or is a mediation.” [January-August 2015]
NELSON MANDELA: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” [September-December 2015]
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. ” [January-June 2016]
PAUL TILLICH: “Language...has created the word 'loneliness' to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word 'solitude' to express the glory of being alone.” [July-December 2016]

[PNPRS is dedicated to the philosophical education of the Filipino mind.]