Philosophy plays an essential role in every civilization. Today the diversity of civilizations and the closely related need for worldwide dialogue have become more and more prevalent. It is good that these issues are being addressed in Indonesia, where various civilizations and philosophical trends are encountered.
To talk about the role of philosophy in general does not mean to deny differences among philosophies. Indonesian philosophy has existed and developed not only through the affirmation of its national identity but also through the expansion of exchange with the world in order to acquire positive values from other nations. Only the recognition of diversity and respect for the specificity of various philosophies can help us to agree on the contribution made by philosophy to the life of humankind today.