University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
26 – 28 June 2016
The aim of this conference is to cultivate sober perspective and insight into the history and current state of engagement with philosophy of science among Catholic intellectuals with an eye to “What now?” sorts of questions. We hope to begin to articulate, explore, and evaluate a variety of approaches to philosophy of science present in Catholic thought over the last 150 years (roughly from John Henry Newman to the present). These approaches include explicit philosophies of science, as well as ones implicit in and shaping theological work, hierarchical church documents and actions, and evaluations of the relevance of the special sciences to metaphysics, philosophy of nature, and theology.
The conference is interested to explore a broad range of issues, approaches, and figures and aims to cultivate productive cross-fertilization, collaboration, and exploration among philosophers, theologians, and scientists today.
Paul Allen (Concordia University)
Nicanor Austriaco, OP (Biology, Providence College)
Stephen Barr (University of Delaware)
Gianfranco Basti (Pontifical Lateran University)
Robert Deltete (Seattle University)
David Diekema (Seattle Pacific University)
Flavia Marcacci (Pontifical Lateran University)
Patrick McDonald (Seattle Pacific University)
Meghan Page (Loyola University Maryland)
Anne Peterson (University of Utah)
Lidia Obojska (Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities)
Brendan Sweetman (Rockhurst University)
Nicholas Teh (University of Notre Dame)
Free and open to the public. (Registration will be required.)
Future information, including schedule and registration, will be posted at the conference website.
Questions or inquiries? Contact Peter Distelzweig.
Hosted and sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Philosophy. Cosponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute, the Science and Theology Network, and the International Research Area on Foundations of the Sciences at the Pontifical Lateran University.