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This special issue of the journal of our Philosophy Faculty includes a collection of the updated versions of the contributions given in several Conferences on Cosmology organized by IRAFS at the Lateran University.

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Table of Contents

Presentation (by Leonardo Messinese) 9
Introduction (by Gianfranco Basti, Francesco M. Ferrari) 13

Papers 29

Section I: Scientific Cosmology and Quantum Physics 31

1. Gianfranco BASTI, Foreword: a chronology of the universe evolution 33
2. Silvio BERGIA, Celebration for 100 years of the General Theory
of Relativity 53
3. Cesare BINI, Open problems in Fundamental Physics 73
4. Marco BERSANELLI, A new view on the early universe 85
5. Antonio CAPOLUPO, Gaetano LAMBIASE, Giuseppe VITIELLO, Cosmic microwave radiation, neutrino masses, and fractal-like self-similar structure of the thermal vacuum 103

Section II: Ontology and Metaphysics of Nature 115

6. Gianfranco BASTI, Francesco M. FERRARI, The dual paradigm in quantum physics and in its ontology.
I Part: mathematics and physics 117

7. Gianfranco BASTI, Francesco M. FERRARI, The dual paradigm in quantum physics and in its ontology.
II Part: logic and ontology 163
8. William E. CARROLL, Time and Creation: Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Cosmology 195
9. Mario PANGALLO, Formless matter and creation from nothing 223
10. Marcelo SÁNCHEZ SORONDO, Common esse and Subsistent Esse: the degrees of created causality 251

Section III: Epistemology and History of Science 269

11. Owen GINGERICH, Galileo, the impact of the telescope and the birth of modern astronomy 271
12. Enrico BERTI, From physical to metaphysical cosmology: the Aristotelian path 281
13. Marcello PERA, Science, religion, and the doctrine of the two Books 295
14. Vincenzo FANO, Giovanni MACCHIA, Historical-epistemological considerations on the cosmological principle 309

Section IV: Theology and Science 325

15. Innocenzo CARDELLINI, The tales of creation (Gn 1-3). A teaching in life for mankind 327
16. Lubomir ŽAK, The reception of General Relativity in Pavel A. Florenskij 347
17. Charles MOREROD, From physical cosmology to the theological cosmology. The analogy path 361
18. Rino FISICHELLA, Science, philosophy, and theology in dialogue on cosmology: is a synthesis possible? 381
19. Georges COTTIER, “Causa Prima” and “Causae Secundae” 393
20. Gianfranco RAVASI, Afterward : biblical cosmology 405

Newsletter by Philip Larrey 413

Reviews 417
Pier Luigi GENTILI, Untangling Complex System. A Grand Challenge for Science [F. Marcacci] 419
Flavia MARCACCI, Cieli in contraddizione. Giovanni Battista Riccioli ed il terzo sistema del mondo [P. Capitanucci] 423

Received books 429

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