ALFREDO P CO
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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.