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Name: Value Inquiry Book Series (1992-2001)

Historical Note:

The Value Inquiry Movement emerged in the United States among professional philosophers in the late 1960s.  Values had been treated by European philosophers in a formal fashion as a branch of philosophy, known as Axiology.  These thinkers worked out value theories that would fit in among the established theories of knowledge and ethics.  In contrast, the Movement among the American philosophers was experiential and explorative, taking its cues from the problems of living in the world.  "Inquiry" was the fitting term for investigating these interests, raising questions about them, and cooperating with diverse thinkers in the pursuit of learning.  Value Inquiry was to become a powerful root of philosophizing, instead of a specialized branch of philosophy.

            The Journal of Value Inquiry (JVI) was founded in 1967 by James B. Wilbur, who edited the publication for twenty-three years.  For decades, the international Journal, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in Dordrecht, was the principal venue for the philosophy of values.  Robert Ginsberg succeeded Wilbur as Editor in 1990.  He doubled the size of the Journal and introduced new features in collaboration with Sander H. Lee, G. John M. Abbarno, Myra Moss, and Thomas A. Magnell.  The Journal established its Archive at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in 1994.  Magnell succeeded Ginsberg as Editor in 1996.

            The American Society for Value Inquiry (ASVI) was founded in 1970.  It was among the first of the many groups that met regularly with the American Philosophical Association (APA).  Wilbur was a founder of the ASVI and served as its President, as did Ginsberg, Lee, Magnell, and Abbarno.

            Wilbur founded the Conference on Value Inquiry (COVI) in 1967, as a parallel to the Journal.  The Conference sponsored annual meetings on special topics and published small editions of its proceedings.  Subsequently, Ginsberg and Magnell served as Co-Directors.  Magnell revived the annual meetings on a much larger scale.  He published two volumes of selected papers in the Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS).

            In 1992, Ginsberg founded the Value Inquiry Book Series with Editions Rodopi of Amsterdam and New York as the publisher.  The book series was designed to parallel the Journal.  Ginsberg was joined by more than thirty Associate Editors, including Abbarno, Moss, Lee, Magnell, Michael H. Mitias, Richard T. Hull, Roberta Kevelson, and Peter A. Redpath.  In VIBS, Hull published a volume of the Presidential Addresses of the ASVI.  The ASVI became a cosponsor of VIBS, along with thirty other professional organizations, including the Natural Law Society (NLS), the Conference of Philosophical Societies (COPS), Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP), and the International Center for the Arts, Humanities, and Value Inquiry (ICAHVI).  VIBS established its Archive at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2000.  Redpath succeeded Ginsberg in 2001 as Executive Editor.

Sources: Robert Ginsberg
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