American and European Values is a series of international conferences on contemporary philosophy that are held annually (since 2004) at the Institute of Philosophy of Opole University, Poland. The main originators of the whole idea were professor John Lachs, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA and me. Sometime in 2002, during one of my visits to the US, there was a discussion as to how launch regular meetings and exchange ideas between American scholars, many of them members of The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP), and international (predominantly European) scholars who are interested in American philosophy, mainly in the philosophy of American pragmatism.

I have been the co-organizer of all the conferences as well as the co-editor of all the volumes that have been published on these occasions; the volumes consist of the selection of scholarly edited texts presented at the particular editions of the series of the conferences. Each year, I invite an eminent American scholar to co-organize the given edition, and co-edit the given volume; some of them are the following:

Kenneth Stikkers, President of SAAP, SIU

Randall Auxier, Editor of Library of Living Philosophers, SIU

Jacquelyn Kegley, President of SAAP, CSA Berkeley

James Campbell, University of Toledo

John Stuhr, Emory University

Larry Hickman, Director of The Center for Dewey Studies, SIU

Kelly Parker, President of the Royce Society, Grand Valley State University

Nathan Houser, Director of the Peirce Edition Project, IUPUI

Angus Kerr-Lawson, President of The Santayana Society, University of Waterloo, Canada

John Lachs, Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

I also thank the authorities of my University (Rectors, Deans, Chairs of the Institute of Philosophy) for suport as well as my colleagues and students for help and cooperation.

Institute of Philosophy, Opole University | Dr. Krzysztof (Chris) Piotr Skowroński |