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How theories are born between science, philosophy and theology

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When a scientific theory takes shape, new concepts and terms come to light. During the process of their invention, they may need to borrow concepts and terms from other disciplines. It is only at a later stage that formal rigor will take over, appropriately separating the areas. Throughout history, theology has often offered suggestions and abstractions to scientists who consciously or unconsciously made use of them. This happened in the past, but it still happens today. The metaphysical and theological background of some scientific theories is investigated here, taking into account particular aspects of the works of some important scientists.

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Testimonies and Data

Pontifical Lateran University - October 26th 2017

14.30: Welcome addresses by the Rector Bishop Enrico Dal Covolo (PUL)
14.40: Workshop Introduction: Gianfranco Basti, IRAFS Director

Session I: Testimonies: whence and how transmitting knowledge
14.45-15.15 Rafael Pascual (Pont. Univ. Regina Apostolorum), “Case-histories”, epistemology and life
15.15-15.45 Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Chalmers University): Representation and Reality. The Book and Multiple Perspective of Knowledge
15.45-16:15 Philip Larrey (Lateran University), From Searle’s Speech Acts to Smith’s Truth-Makers

16.15-16.45: Coffee Break

II Session: Data and evidences: epistemology to ontology

16.45-17.15. Ivica Crnkovic (Chalmers University): How Reliable and Accurate are Data?

17.15-17.45. Gianfranco Basti (Lateran University): The Post-Modern Transcendental of Language in Science and Philosophy

17.45-18.30. Discussion

18.30. Workshop Ends

Dodig-Crnkovic, Gordana and Giovagnoli, Raffaela (eds.), Representation and Reality in Humans, Other Living Organisms and Intelligent Machines, Springer International Publishing, Berlin-New York, 2017
Giovagnoli, Raffaela, Introduzione all’epistemologia sociale, LUP, Città del Vaticano, 2017

Scientific Committee: Gianfranco Basti, Flavia Marcacci, Raffaela Giovagnoli
Organizing Committee: Flavia Marcacci, Alfonso D’Amodio


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Pontifical Lateran University - May 8th 2017

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IRAFS – Logos&Pathos Workshop
March 6, 2017 | h. 15:00
Room: Paolo VI
Lateran University


and discussion:
on the occasion of the just printed book:

Logos & Pathos. Epistemologie contemporanee a confronto, a cura di P. Manganaro e F. Marcacci, Studium, Roma 2017.

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IUC-2017. Formal Methods and Science in Philosophy II
Dubrovnik (Croatia), 4-6 May, 2017.

IUC II 2017

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The Conference, concerning the Formal Philosophy, that is, the formalization of the philosophical doctrines, is the Second Edition of the pevious one held in 2015, and to which Prof. Basti and Prof. Marcacci of PUL participated. See also...

Second International Conference on Logic and Religion
Warsaw University (Poland), June 18-22, 2017

Logic & Religion 2017

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The 2nd World Congress on Logic and Religion will be held at the University of Warsaw (Poland) on June 18-22, 2017, the institutional organiser being the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw (Instytut Filozofii, Uniwersytet Warszawski) (see the map).

The 1st World Congress on Logic and Religion was organized jointly by the Federal University of Campina Grande, the Federal University of Paraiba and the University of Brazil in João Pessoa, and held on April 1-5, 2015. It was devoted to a wide range of problems concerning the relations between logic and religion. At the conclusion of the congress, many participants expressed the wish to continue discussions on these topics in the future and also warmly welcomed the idea to organize such an event in Poland, which can be called a country of logic and religion thanks to both the tradition of Lvov-Warsaw School of logic and a considerable level of religiosity.

For other information about the previous edition of the Conference in 2015, to which Prof. Basti of PUL participated, see also...