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1. Introduction

Alfredo Pimentel Co 许培堆 (born November 30, 1949) is the foremost Sinologist and one of the most sought-after lecturers in the Philippines.[1][2][3]He was the founding president of the Philosophy Circle of the Philippines and is currently the President of the Philippine Academy of Philosophical Research, chairman of the Commission on Higher Education's Technical Committee on Philosophy, and Vice President of Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie (COMIUCAP).[4][5][6][7] In 2008 he was the only Asian scholar so far to deliver a plenary lecture at COMIUCAP conferences .[8]

2. Early Years and Education

In 1967 Co was named Outstanding Chinese Youth in the Philippines by the Republic of China during his sophomore year in high school in Naga City. Co graduated with a philosophy degree at the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in 1972, and soon earned master's (1974) and doctorate (1976) degrees four years after graduation at the same university.[5][8]

3. Career

Co holds two post doctorates and two fellowships abroad. He was a Special Scholar of the Soka University to the International Asian Studies Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong for his Post Doctorate on Chinese Classical Philosophy from 1977 to 1978. He took intensive French at the Universite de Poiters, Technical French at Universite de Bordeaux, and Comparative Philosophy at the Paris Sorbonne University as a French Government Scholar from 1979-1981. He wrote a dissertation in French entitled: La notion de Yi chez Kong Zi et la concepcion de la liberte chez Jean-Jacques Rousseau: La Politique du devoir et la politique du droit (The Notion of Yi in Confucius and the Concept of Liberty in Jean-Jacques Rosseau: The Politics of Duty and the Politics of Liberty).[5][8]

He was also Special Fellow of the Pacific Cultural Foundation of Taiwan and a Special Fellow of the International Society for Intercultural Studies and Research (India). A well sought after lecture in the Philippine and abroad, he has been invited to lecture in Japan, China Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe, Russia, Canada, etc. As the foremost Sinologist in the Philippines, he has been invited as visiting professor in Ateneo de Manila University, De la Salle University, and University of San Carlos.[1]

He founded the Philosophy Circle of the Philippines in 1972 and at present, he is the incumbent president of the prestigious Philippine Academy of Philosophical Research and the Editor of Karunungan – A Journal of Philosophy, a well-respected Philosophical Journal in the Philippines circulated internationally.[9] He is also a member of the Federation Internationale des Societes de Philosophie based in Fribourg Switzerland, the Asian Association of the Catholic Philosophers, and Vice President for Asia of the Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie.[2][7] With numerous publications in prestigious journals, Dr. Co is also consultant to CULTURE and QUEST, Publication of the University of Calcutta, India, UNITAS journal of U.S.T. and BUDHI Journal of Ateneo de Manila. He is currently a chair of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) Technical Committee for Philosophy and full Professor of Philosophy in U.S.T.[1][2][5][8]

In 2008, along with luminaries Franck Budenholzer, Juan Luis Scannone, and Jean-Luc Marion, Co was the first and only Asian scholar to date to deliver a plenary lecture at any COMIUCAP conference.[1]

In 2017, Co was conferred the title Professor Emeritus by the University of Santo Tomas. The title is conferred to faculty members who have reached retirement but highly distinguished due to excellence in teaching, research, or extension services. This lifetime distinction was conferred due to local and international recognitions, publications, and university commendations.[2]As Professor Emeritus, Co continues to teach at the University of Santo Tomas both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

With more than 50 years of teaching, Co is fondly called by his students the Venerable Master, showing their appreciation and reverence for him being an intellectual giant in the university. Students across generations fondly share their experiences of "having sat at the foot of the Venerable Master" as testament to Co's passion in teaching philosophy..[2][3]

4. Bibliography

  • Across the Ancient Philosophical World (2015)
  • La Philosophie Comparee : Sur la politique l‘humour, et la transcendance (2009)
  • Ethics and Philosophy of the Human Person (2009)
  • Issues in Eastern Philosophy, Arts, and Culture (2009)
  • 5 Comparative Philosophy and Postmodern Thoughts (2009)
  • Doing philosophy in the Philippines and other essays (2009)
  • Two Filipino Thomasian Philosophers on Postmodernism (2004)
  • Under the Bo Tree, On the Lotus Flower (2003)
  • The Blooming of a Hundred Flowers (1992)

5. Festschrift

In 2010 he was awarded with an eight-volume festschrift by the University of Santo Tomas to honor him for his distinguished and outstanding achievements in the field of Philosophy. The Festschrift that contains collection of his writings and celebratory essays by colleagues and former students is considered a milestone in the history of philosophy in the Philippines.[3][5][10]

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References

  1. The First Asian Philosopher.The COMIUCAP Website May 6, 2012. http://hermanjosef.wordpress.com/category/comiucap/
  2. Co of Philosophy conferred the title “Professor Emeritus” March 9, 2017.
  3. The Philosopher: Alfredo P. Co, PhD October 2, 2016.
  4. The year that was, the year that will be. Manila Bulletin Website May 3, 2012. http://www.mb.com.ph/node/297482/the-year-wa
  5. Philo prof receives first 'festschrift' . The Varsitarian Website May 3, 2012. http://www.varsitarian.net/features/20100127/philo_prof_receives_first_festschrift
  6. Thomasian "Atlases" recognized in Total Awards. The Varsitarian Website May 3, 2012. http://www.varsitarian.net/news/20120410/thomasian_atlases_recognized_in_total_awards
  7. Professor Emeritus Co of Philosophy elected COMIUCAP VP for Asia September 3, 2018.
  8. Spirituality of Buddhism. Institute of Spirituality in Asia May 3, 2012. https://www.slideshare.net/rdalcantara/invitation-9481008
  9. https://ejournals.ph/article.php?id=1785
  10. Professor Doctor Alfredo Co Pontificia Universita Urbiniana official website accessed June 20, 2013 http://iscrizioni.urbaniana.edu/Urbaniana/Convegni/Relatori/Co.aspx
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