"Sciences, Philosophy and Theology:
At the Search of a Worldview"
La Plata, Argentina, August 20, 21 and 22, 2003
Santa Ana" Foundation from La Plata City (Argentina)
and the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de
Puebla (Mexico) are jointly organizing an International Workshop
to think, analyze and discuss on the topic "Sciences,
Philosophy and Theology: At the Search of a Worldview".This
event will take place at La Plata "Teatro Argentino"
August 20 & 21, 2003, with some additional meetings and
tours on Friday 22. It is supported and under the aegis of
La Plata Archdiocese, the National University of La Plata
(UNLP), the Catholic University of La Plata, (UCALP), the
Municipality of La Plata, the Center for Theology and the
Natural Sciences of Berkeley (USA) and other foreign and Argentine
public and private institutions.
1- GENERAL INFORMATION
" To encourage the dialogue among specialists of the
three wide areas of human thinking: science, philosophy and
" To enable the meeting of complementary intellectual
disciplines to work for an integrated worldview of the human
world and the Universe ("cosmovision" or "weltamschaung",
thus overcoming a fragmented vision of our reality.
" To promote a reciprocal understanding of people of
different religious credos and non-believers who are working
on these areas of knowledge.
" Participants: professionals, teachers, and researches
who work in the areas of sciences, philosophy and theology;
students of any of these disciplines; and in general all of
those interested in these topics. From the theological point
of view, the invitation is open to different credos and non-believers
who highly value the dialogue with the religious world through
its reflective dimension: Theology.
" Organization: The Workshop will consist of lectures
given by specialists of the aforementioned fields of sciences,
philosophy and theology, highlighting their specificity and
the possibilities of interchanging their own achievements.
People attending the Workshop may ask questions or make comments
to be considered by lecturers. Likewise, a morning session
will be devoted to present and discuss the papers submitted
by teachers or researchers on any of the mentioned areas,
which will be organized according to their themes.
" Organizing Institutions:
" "Santa Ana" Foundation is an institution
dedicated to the dialogue between faith and culture. It was
founded in La Plata City in 1995 by Mons. Juan Carlos Ruta
and it has a long experience in the organization of conferences,
panels and lectures and in the publication of several cultural
and theological subjects. Its activities have mainly been
carried out in the said city.
" This Workshop is co-organized with the Universidad
Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). It is
a private University of the City of Puebla (Mexico). In 2002,
it organized the first "Workshop on Science and Religion"
of CTNS in Spanish, entitled "Science and Religion: Towards
a New Culture of Collaboration" (see www.upaep.mx and
www.ctns.org). It was supported by the "Center for Theology
and the Natural Sciences" of the "Graduate Theological
Union" from Berkeley (CTNS, California, USA) and received
a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
These Institutions are also supporting, besides the Argentine
organizations, the Workshop to be held in La Plata. Its Organizing
Committee, chaired by Dr. Lucio Florio, is in charge of the
schedule and realization of this event, and is made up of
five working Boards (Academic, Logistic, Institutional Relations,
Communication and Finance) and a General Secretary. .
2- SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
9.00 - 10.00 Accreditation
10.00 -10.30 Opening Ceremony
10.30 -13.00 Lectures on the topic:
HISTORICAL AND CONCEPTUAL FRAME
1. "History of the relationship between Philosophy,
Sciences and Theology", Celina Lértora (Ph.D.,
UCA Rosario and CONICET).
2. "The False Conflict between Religion and Science",
Angel Plastino (Physics Doctor, UNLP and CONICET).
3. "Theology and Science", Mons. Juan Carlos Ruta
(President of "Santa Ana" Foundation; emeritus Director
of Instituto de Teología de La Plata).
13.00 - 14.00 Break
14.00 - 18.00 Lectures on the topic:
THE RATIONALITY OF THE DIFFERENT AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
1. "A Personal Experience as Scientist and Believer",
Mario Garavaglia (Physics Doctor, National University of La
Plata, CONICET, "Galileo Galilei" Award).
2. "The Rationality and Reasoning in Philosophy: meeting
with the contemporary scientific cosmology", Guillermo
Hansen (United Lutheran Church, Theology Doctor, Professor
of Systematic Theology in Instituto Superior de Enseñanza
3. "Science and Faith Relationship according to Teilhard
de Chardin's model", Prof. Dr. Ludovico Galleni (Professor
on Zoology at the University of Pisa, Italy, and Council member
of European Society for the Study of Science and Theology).
4. "The Use of Reason in Philosophy", Julio Raúl
Méndez (Priest and Doctor in Philosophy, Universidad
Santo Tomás de Aquino and Universidad Católica
18.30 - 20.30 Concert
09.00 -13.00 PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF PAPERS
13.00 -14.00 Break
14.00 - 18.00 Lectures on the topic:
WAYS TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED WORLDVIEW
1. "Theology and Sciences. Lines of convergence in History",
Peter Hess (PH.D, Berkeley, USA: Adjunct Faculty Member, Saint
Mary's College, Moraga, California. Member steering committee
of the Local Societies Initiative, Metanexus Institute, Philadelphia).
2. "Philosophical and Theological Perspectives of the
Big Bang Theory", Juan C. Bolzán (Chemistry Doctor,
Senior Researcher of CONICET, UNLP).
3. "Final Destiny of the Universe. Physics, Philosophy
and Theology", Juan José Sanguinetti (PH.D., Catholic
Roman Priest, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Facultad
de Filosofía at the Pontificia Universidad de la Santa
4. "The Integration of Knowledge. Points Overhead",
Claudio Mayeregger (Professor, UCALP, "San José"
18.30 - 20.00 Final Panel
WILL THERE BE AN INTEGRATION OF DISPERSION IN KNOWLEDGE IN
THE 3RD MILLENNIUM? TRANS-DISCIPLINARY AND FRACTIONATED KNOWLEDGE.
(Rafael Vicuña, Chemistry Doctor, Universidad Católica
de Santiago de Chile, Pontificia Academia de las Ciencias;
Ludovico Galleni, Pisa University, Italy; Juan José
Sanguinetti, Pontificia Universidad de la Santa Croce, Rome).
20.00 - 20.30 Closing Ceremony
21.30 Farewell Dinner
Note: the details between parenthesis ( ) following the names
of lecturers state the institutions to which they belong and
their role/ function.
(Third Session) -optional-
In the morning Guided Tours to the Natural Sciences Museum,
the Astronomic Observatory of La Plata University and La Plata
In the afternoon Possible complementary working meetings related
to the objective of the Workshop.
" Following days (as from Saturday 23): Guided tours
will be suggested to the participants.
3- CALL FOR PAPERS
" Teachers and researchers are invited to participate
in the Workshop by previously submitting papers whose subject
should be related to its objective. The accepted ones will
be orally presented on Thursday, August 21, in the morning
(see schedule), thematically gathered in two or more parallel
" The topics to be dealt with are free within the general
objective of the Workshop and the specialty field of the author,
on condition that:
a) they express an original view;
b) transcend the speaker's own specialty opening to other
fields in the interdisciplinary spirit that gives life to
this Workshop. Accordingly, any scientific, philosophical
and religious subject can be considered with epistemological
accuracy though with the intention of being interchanged with
other areas of knowledge.
" The Academic Board will examine the papers and is
entitled to accept them or not to be delivered or read in
the morning session of Thursday 21 (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
considering whether they comply with the Workshop objectives
and fulfil the required formalities. Moreover, the Board will
select some of them to be published in the Proceedings, in
a CD, in the book of this Workshop or in an specialized journal
to be selected.
" Papers should be structured and submitted as follows:
1. Title of Workshop.
2. Title of Paper.
3. Author's full name, academic degree, place of work (University,
College, Institute, etc.) address, fax and mail of the Institution.
4. Abstract (no more than one page).
5. Maximum length: 8 pages.
6. Page format: A4, 2.5-cm margins, double leading, Font::
7. References should be included in footnotes.
8. Bibliography should only include those texts referred to
in the paper.
9. The paper should be submitted as follows: a) the abstract
together with the author's information: within a diskette
or by e-mail by June 6; b) if accepted, the full text should
be sent also in a diskette or by e-mail by July 21.
Papers should be sent to the Organizing Committee. E- Mail:
The Academic Board will evaluate the papers and by June 30
will notify the acceptance to its author, who -together with
the documents described in 9.b) above- should state whether
he will personally present the paper during the Workshop or
will appoint someone else to read it. Then, the said Committee
will determine which papers will be published..
4- INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS ON THE DIALOGUE
BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION
The dialogue between science and religion has been evolving
in the last decades, after a long time of a controversial
relationship. As an example of this new perspective, it is
worth mentioning some institutions exclusively dedicated to
this topic and several recently organized conferences on a
particular subject of shared interest of both fields:
1. Associations and institutions:
a) The "European Society for the Study of Science and
Theology" (ESSSAT) is an association made up of scientists
and theology doctors which organizes biennial meetings on
a particular topic (see www.esssat.org).
b) The "Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences"
(CTNS) from Berkeley (USA) has been working since 1981 on
researches and publications on the relationship between the
scientific and religious worlds. (see www.ctns.org).
c) "Metanexus" is an institution with headquarters
in Philadelphia (USA), which gives virtual support (forums,
web pages, information about conferences, etc.) to the works
carried out on this interdisciplinary field (see www.metanexus.org).
d) The "Centro de Estudios de Ciencia y Religión"
(CECIR) (in English "Center for Studies on Science and
Religion") of the Universidad Popular Autónoma
del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP, Mexico) works with CTNS, promoting
this issue in the Latin-American world (see www.upaep.mx).
2. Recent Meetings:
a) At the beginning of 2002, UPAEP organized in Puebla (Mexico)
the first "Workshop on Science and Religion" of
CTNS in Spanish, entitled "Science and Religion: Towards
a New Culture of Collaboration". Scientists of different
areas (physics, biochemistry, etc.) and philosophers and theology
doctors from Latin-American, Spanish and -fewer- American
universities participated in it.
b) ESSSAT organized in Nimega (Holland) on March 19 - 24,
2002, its biennial meeting, to discuss in this case the topic:
"Creating Techno Sapiens? Values and Ethical Issues in
Theology, Science and Technology". Its objective was
to reflect on the challenges proposed by the present state
of human development -with the collaboration of scientific
disciplines and philosophical and theological reasoning, within
an ecumenical framework-. The next ESSSAT meeting will take
place in Barcelona, in 2004. (see
c) A conference on the topic: "Evolution. Crossroads
of Science, Philosophy and Theology", organized by the
Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, was held in Rome (Italy)
on April 23 - 24, 2002. It consisted of fourteen lectures:
half of them were delivered by scientists of the American
and French Scientific Academies; the remaining seven were
given by science philosophers and Catholic theology doctors.
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