"The primary aim of the University Seminar is the attempt to see things whole, to merge the disciplines for the purpose of getting a unified view. The aim is synthesis, insight, wisdom, the understanding of the full incidence of the ongoing phenomenon to which any collegium is devoted."
With faculty leadership from Professor Gary Tubb, and graduate student support from Andrea Borghini (philosophy) and Roy Tzohar (religion), the Columbia University Seminar on Comparative Philosophy was established in 2007 as the Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy. Since then the CSCP has grown to include new members and new faculty chairs. Shortly after the CSCP was formed, professor Tubb accepted a position at the University Chicago. Mark Siderits, a veteran from the Mind & Reality event, stepped-in as chair and spearheaded a year of groundbreaking meetings oriented around the theme of personal identity. In 2008 professor Siderits relocated to Seoul National University and handed the chair over to Jonathan Gold at Princeton University. Under his guidance the CSCP has explored issues of comparative ethics, linguistics, and more.