PROF. ALFREDO P. CO, Ph.D
Prof. Dr. Alfredo P. Co is an Eminent Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Comparative Philosophy of the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He is President of the prestigious Philippine Academy of Philosophical Research, and Chair of the Technical Committee for Philosophy of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education.
Prof. Co graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas in 1976. He completeda post-doctorate degree on Classical Chinese Philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1977 to 1978) as a special scholar of the Soka University of Japan. From 1979 to 1981, he took a second post-doctorate course in Comparative Philosophy in Sorbonne (Université de Paris III and Université de Paris IV) as a scholar of the French government and here, he wrote a thesis entitled La Notion de Yi chez Kong Zi et la Conception de la Liberte chez Jean-Jacques Rousseau: La Politique du Devoir et la Politique du Droi.
He was also a special fellow of the Pacific Cultural Foundation of Taiwan and of the International Society for Intercultural Studies and Research (India).
In 2009, he became the first professor to be honored with a Festschrift by the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas. The eight-volume Festschrift — a collection of his writings and celebratory essays by colleagues and former students — is considered a milestone in the history of Philosophy in the Philippines.
A well-published scholar, his works have appeared in prestigious local and international journals. Likewise, he is the editor of Karunungan – A Journal of Philosophy.
As the foremost Sinologist in the country, he has taught in De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, and University of San Carlos as visiting professor. He is a sought-after speaker in international philosophy congresses and has made presentations in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, France, Poland, Turkey, Canada, Russia, Italy, among countries.
Last year, Prof. Co was invited to speak in Turkey for International Interfaith Dialogue of Three Monotheistic Religions: Judaism-Christianity-Islam, where he also met His All Holiness Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church. He also visited Tsinghua University in Beijing where he lectured on Comparative East-West Worldviews; to Poland’s J-P II Center where he lectured on “Catholicism in Asia: Discoursing the Impacts and Lessons of the Evangelization in China and the Philippines”; to Alet-les Bain in southern France to lecture on “At The Agora, In The Wilderness, Across The Warring States: Landscape and Travel Across the Ancient Philosophical Discourses”; then to the Vatican to lecture on “Rites and Languages: How to Transmit Faith to the New Generation” in connection with the International Congress of the Pontifical Urbaniana University on the theme “Listening to Asia: Pathways for Faith, Societies and Religions between Tradition and Contemporaneity” held at the Citta Vaticano.