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Current PPS members and associates:

Jesper Garsdal (University of Aarhus, History of Ideas, Intercultural Philosophy of Religion) 

Niels Henrik Gregersen (University of Copenhagen, Theology--Systematic Theology)

Katrine Krause Jensen (University of Aarhus, Philosophy--Ethics)

Thomas Jønsson (University of Aarhus, Psychology)

Morten Raffnsøe-Møller (University of Aarhus, Philosophy--Politcal Philosophy)

Marie Wejrup Nielsen (University of Aarhus, Theology--Systematic Theology)

Carsten Pallesen (University of Copenhagen, Theology--Systematic Theology)

Baris Parkan (University of Ankara (Turkey), Philosophy--Ontology, Ethics)

Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen (University of Aarhus, Theology--Systematic Theology)

Anne-Marie Påhus (University of Aarhus, Philosophy--Philosophy of Emotions)

Anders Moe Rasmussen (University of Aarhus, Philosophy and Theology--Theories of Subjectvity)

Robin Schott (Danish University for Education, Philosophy--Philosophy of Education)

Johanna Seibt (University of Aarhus, Philosophy--Ontology, Metaphysics)

Jens Thisthed (University of Aarhus, Philosophy)

Participants in the SOPHIAEurope Network                                            


a .   Dr. Margaret Yee

     Chaplain of Nuffield College, Member of the Faculty of Theology; Hon. Associate Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre (Theology Faculty) Oxford; BSc(Applied Psych) (Hons) (UNSW); BD (Hons) (Syd); DPhil (Oxon); 2003, lecturer in Aoyama Gakuin University with Professor Sir James Mirrlees, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics; 1998 and 2000 was awarded two Templeton Science and Religion Awards. 2004, Conference Director of the Austin Farrer Centenary Conference, supported by The British Academy, John Templeton Foundation and the Alec van Berchem Charitable Trust. Her research is on the Principles of Knowing: Science, Humanities and Theology.


b .   John Hedley Brooke

     Andreas Idreos Professor of Science & Religion; Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre (Oxford); Fellow of Harris Manchester College; former Editor of the British Journal for the History of Science and President of the British Society for the History of Science and of the Historical Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Main books: Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge 1991) and (with G. Cantor) Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science & Religion (Oxford, 2000); with M. Osler and J. Van der Meer, edited Science in Theistic Contexts: Cognitive Dimensions (Chicago, 2001). He has recently served as Director of the European Science Foundation’s Network on ‘Science and Human Values’.


    Distinguished Scholars involved :

c.  The Revd. Canon Dr. Arthur Peacocke

     Physical Chemist and Theologian of renown, and Fellow of Exeter College, University of Oxford, winner of the Templeton Progress in Religion Prize 2001, actively supports, attends and takes part in science and religion seminars and ongoing research in Oxford..

d. Sir Anthony Kenny , sometime Master of Balliol College, and formerly Warden of Rhodes House, University of Oxford, is a Professorial Fellow of St. John’s College, University of Oxford. He is recognized worldwide for his publications in philosophy with respect to the thought of Aristotle and Aquinas. He remains publicly associated with research discussions in Oxford which are multi-disciplinary in form, not least exchanges in theology and the sciences, addressing primary philosophical issues which inevitably arise.

e.   Keith Ward

     Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford, who has published many important volumes related to the interface between the sciences and religion, e.g. God, Chance and Necessity , a well-known critique of nihilistic and materialistic interpretations of evolution, has explored the possible spaces for divine intentionality in the outworking of evolutionary processes, and continues to support endeavours in this area of development.

f.   William Carroll

       is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College Oxford and Member of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford, where he lectures on the thought of Aquinas and Aristotle, and has published extensively on Aquinas and the relevance of Thomist philosophy to current debates on the complementarity of scientific and theological paradigms.

g.   Alister McGrath

      is Professor of Historical Theology at the Oxford University. Formerly Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, he has published a trilogy on A Scientific Theology , and just recently a new publication entitled The Science of God. He is Director of the John Templeton Seminars on Sciences and Christianity, and chairs the major public lectures given. He holds the Oxford degrees of Doctor of Divinity for his work on historical and systematic theology, and Doctor of Philosophy for his work on molecular biophysics.

h.   Gerard Hughes S.J.

     Philosopher, was elected Master of Campion Hall, University of Oxford with effect from September, 1998. From 1970 he was lecturer and from 1984 Vice-Principal of Heythrop College, University of London. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1951. In 1957 he was granted his Licentiate in Philosophy. After taking a Diploma in Education at the London Institute of Education, he came up to Campion Hall to read Greats, and then taught classics at Beaumont College, Old Windsor, before training for the priesthood. 1967, Licentiate in Theology; 1970, doctoral thesis in ethics at the University of Michigan; 1982-1988, Vice-Provincial with responsibility for training of Jesuits in the British Province. He has written a number of books and articles on morals and the philosophy of theology. Recently, he has delivered public lectures and been respondent at conferences and seminars in Ireland and Oxford on science and religion, and been actively involved in interdisciplinary exchange with scientists, theologians or philosophers, who are engaged in exploration into theology and the sciences. 

    Other Colleagues and Collaborators from the sciences and social sciences:

a.   Pauline Rudd

      PhD MA (Oxon) L.R.I.C. B.Sc., is University Reader in Glycobiology and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry (Oxford). She is Head of Glyco Immunology group. Professionally, she was Founding Scientist: Sigma London; Visiting Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA (1998-1999); Visiting Professor of Biochemistry, Shanghai Medical University PRC (1999-2001); Visiting scientist Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (2001); Erskine Visiting Fellow, Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand (2004). Dr. Rudd is also a member of the Management Committee of the Ian Ramsey Centre, and with Prof. J. H. Brooke, is collaborating with the Pharmaceutical Department’s proposed project on “Mind over Matter.” She has lectured and given presentations on the findings of Glycobiological research and its implications for human life. Her interest in theology and the sciences has led to her active involvement in exploring this relation and giving public lectures on the sciences and religion.

b.  Olivera Petrovich

     BSc. MSc. DPhil, Wolfson College, is a Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology (developmental psychology) in the University of Oxford. She has worked on a series of projects concerned with the development of natural theological understanding in children and adults from different cultures. Her field work was conducted whilst a Visiting Scholar at Kyoto, University Japan. Dr Petrovich is currently studying origins of basic theological concepts in everyday cognition. She lectures for the Faculty of Theology in the Psychology of Religion. 

c.     Michael Barry

 is a member of the Department of Plant Sciences and, since 1969, Fellow of St. John’s College, University of Oxford. In earlier years, after graduating in Chemistry from Queens’ College, Oxford, he read Biochemistry Part II in Cambridge, and taught in the University of Reading. He has carried out research and teaching for six years in the United States at the University of Chicago, University of California-Davis, John Hopkins University, University of Florida Medical School-Gainesville, and State University of New York-Stony Brook. He is the author of numerous scientific papers, two books on molecular biology, and Molecular Embryology, published 2002. He has interestedly taken part in discussions with scientists working in the history and philosophy of science, and exchanged with visiting leading thinkers on the relation of the biosciences and theology. 

d.   Anthony Heath

     Fellow of the British Academy, is Professor of Sociology in the University of Oxford.  Educated in Trinity College, Cambridge, where gained Classical Tripos, Part I, Class I; Economics Tripos, Part II, Class I, he achieved his PhD in 1971.  He held the post of University Assistant Lecturer in Economics, Cambridge (1968-1970), Tutorial Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford (1970-1986) and University Lecturer in Sociology, becoming an Official Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford (1987-1999). He has attended major science and religion functions and is interested in encouraging empirical research in his department into the role of religion in society.

e.   Angela Vincent

      is a Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford, pursues research in Molecular Medicine and is very interested in conferring with theologians, philosophers and scientists on matters related to medical science and human values.

f.    Jane Pearce

     psychiatrist, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, is, with a medical colleague, Rica Edmunds (Galway), conducting a study into “Healthcare Teaching and Practice: Wisdom as a Model.” She has attended major science and religion functions and is interested to confer further on this relation.

g.   Tom Kemp

      graduated at Clare College Cambridge, was appointed Zoology Curator in the University Museum in 1972, and Tutorial Fellow of St John’s College in 1982. He lectures in Biological Sciences, giving courses on Vertebrate Biology, Origin and Evolution of Mammals, and Palaeobiology. His most recent book, The origin and evolution of mammals is imminent.

   Network of Visiting and Collaborating Scholars:

a.   Roger Trigg

 is Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick. In 2003-4, he was the first to chair the British Philosophical Association, representing all British Philosophy, and is a founding member of the International Society of Science and Religion. He co-edits the Ashgate Series of monographs in Science and Religion. His books include “Rationality and Science,” “Rationality and Religion,” “Philosophy Matters”, and most recently, “Morality Matters.”

b.  Nancy Cartwright

     is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. She works in the history and philosophy of science, with special interests in physics and economics and has written extensively on truth in science. Professor Cartwright is well-known for her books “How the Laws of Physics Lie” and “The Dappled World” in which she develops her critique of the concept of “law of nature” as a fundamental explanatory category in physics. One of her special concerns is whether the concept of “law of nature” is an appropriate one in a universe destitute of a divine “lawgiver.”

Pontifical Gregorian University (Vatican)

a)                          p. Donath Hercsik S.J.

      B. A. in Philosophy; S.T.D. in Theology; Secretary at the General Curia of the Society of Jesus (Rome, Italy), from 1994-1998;Vice-rector and prefect of studies of the Pontifical German-Hungarian College, Rome; Associate Professor of Theology, Gregorian University, Rome. His research interests include topics from the area of fundamental theology, in order to explain how the pair “faith-raison” actually does work. Approximately 30 pubblicatons.


b)                         Simone D’Agostino

      Ph. D. in Philosophy; B.A. in Theology; Editorial Secretary of the review “Gregorianum”; Associate Professor of Philosophy, Gregorian University, Rome; Secretary of the “Italian Blondel Association”. Current research interests: doctrine and problems between theory and practice; action, intentionality. Authors: Aristotele, I. Kant, M. Blondel, H. Arendt. “Bellarmino Prize” for the best Dissertation of the Year 1998, by PUG.


c.   Roberto Presilla

      “Licenza” in Philosophy (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy); M. A. in Philosophy, Ph. D. in Philosophy (University of Pisa, Italy); Junior Executive, Dept. for culture and research (Italian Bishops’ Conference, Rome); invited Associate Professor of Philosophy, Gregorian University, Rome. Current research interests: naturalism and holism in explanations of meaning; truth, justification and meaning; interdisciplinary approaches to truth: philosophy, science and theology.


d.   p. Paul Gilbert S.J.

      L.S.T. in Dogmatic Theology (Gregorian University, Rome); Ph. D. (Université Catholique de Louvain); “Ancien élève de l’Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes”(Paris); Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Metaphysics, Gregorian University, Rome; Professor of Philosophy, Institut Catholic, Paris; Editor of Gregorianum (theological and philosophical review of the Gregorian University); Director of Scientific Research of the Gregorian University. Autor or editor of 10 volumes and more than 100 papers.


e.    Joao Piedade S.J.

      Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Epistemology, Gregorian University, Rome; B.A. in Philosophy at Driyarkara (Jakarta, Indonesia); M.A. in Philosophy (Centre Sevres, Paris); B.A. in Theology (Yogyakarta, Indonesia); lecturer and secretary of Driyarkara Institute of Philosophy (Jakarta, Indonesia); Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (Université Paris I, Sorbonne); Dr. in Philosophy (joint doctorate for the Université Paris I, Sorbonne and Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany). Member of the editorial board of Gregorianum. Author of two volumes and approximately 20 papers.


2) University of Trieste (Italy)

a. Antonio Russo

      Studies of Sacramental Theology and Liturgy from 1974-1977 at “Pont. Faculty of Theology Sant'Anselmo (Rome); B.A. in Theology (Gregorian University, Vatican); M.A. in Theology (Gregorian University); Dr in Theology (supervisor: Prof Walter Kasper, Tübingen; Germany); Dr in Philosophy (State University La Sapienza, Rome). Grants received in Germany: 1982-1984 from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and 1984-1985 from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung; from 1992 - present Professor of Philosophy, Trieste; from 2003-present Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy, Trieste (Italy). Author or editor of 10 volumes and more than 170 papers.


b. Paolo Gregoretti

      Professor of Philosophy, Head of the Political Science Department, University of Trieste; autor or editor of 10 books and 40 papers about contemporary European philosophy and about the philosophical Ethic of Franz Brentano, editor of Quaderni filosofica del Dipartimento di Scienze politiche (Trieste, Italy).


c. Pier Paolo Marrone

      Associate professor of Philosophy, University of Trieste; he wrote about moral epistemology; about strategies of rationality and emotions. He is autor or editor of a number of papers and 6 books. He founded and is the editor of Ethics and Politics, a philosophical journal on line, promoted by the Department of Philosophy, Trieste.


d. Guido Alliney

      Associate professor of History of Medieval Philosophy, University of Trieste; M. A. in Physics (Bologna); M.A. in Philosophy (Trieste); 1998 visiting researcher, Centre d’Etudes de Religions du Livre (Paris); 2000 visiting researcher, Istituto storico Italo-Germanico, Trento. Research interests: the medieval concept of time in Science and Theology.


e . Giovanni Grandi

     Dr Ph.; Vice-Director of Study and Research Centre- International J. Maritain Institute (Treviso, Italy). Main interests: Christian thought (particularly Maritain, Gilson, Marechal); professor of Theology (Religious Science Institute, Trieste); Scientific co-ordinator of Orient-Occident Forum (Treviso-Trieste-Lubljana) and autor or editor of 4 books and many papers.


f. Francesco Longo

   studied in Trieste and received Ph.D in Physics (University of Trieste), is professor of Mathematic and Physics by the High School ‘G. Oberdan’ in Trieste and researcher at Department of Physics (University of Trieste). His main interests and research lines are Astrophysics of high energies, Cosmology, Simulation and data analysis, Epistemology and faith-science interaction, Christology and Theological anthropology. He particularly works on developments in theoretical and experimental general relativity, gravitation and relativistic field theories.

g. Christian Vecchiet

     received M.A. in Philosophy (University of Trieste) and a Master in Philosophy (Université catholique de Louvain - Belgium) 2003-2004. He collaborated with the chairs of Philosophy of History and of Moral Philosophy at the  Faculty of Philosophy (University of Trieste) and with the chair of Modern Philosophy at hte Faculty of Philosophy (Université catholique de Louvain); his main interesta are Concepts of value and interest, Nature and intentionality in the moral act, Philosophy of education. Main authors considered in his researches are A. Rosmini, M. Blondel, M. Scheler.

h. Gregor Predel

      Dr Th.; Privat Dozent of Theology (University of Freiburg im Br., Germany). Books and papers: Sakrament der Gegenwart Gottes. Theologie und Natur im Zeitalter der Naturwissenschaften (Freiburger Theologische Studien, 158), Freiburg-Basel-Wien 1996; Aspekte der Vielfalt des Gottesdienstes, in: Heiliger Dienst 2/2003, 121-127 ; Vom Presbyter zum Sacerdos. Historische und theologische Aspekte der Entwicklung der Leitungsverantwortung und Sacerdotalisierung des Presbyterates im spätantiken Gallien (Dogma und Geschichte, 4), Münster 2005 (Habilitationsschrift), im Druck. E-mail:

i.   Marco Maria Olivetti

Professor of philosophy of religion at the University of Rome "La Sapienza"; Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, member of the Academy of Lincei; member of the International Institute of Philosophy; director of the Institute for philosophical studies "Enrico Castelli"; editor of Archivio di filosofia .


j.Wilhelm Vossenkuhl

PhD, Professor at the University of Munich. Coeditor of Philosophisches Jahrbuch . Vossenkuhl is presently founding a research-centre in ethics in Munich. He has published four monographs, edited and co-edited about thirty books, and published about 90 papers.

3) University of Pisa (Italy )

a. Lodovico Galleni

      Professor of General Zoology and environmental Ethics (University of Pisa); Professor of Science and Theology (Istituto superiore di Scienze religiose, Pisa); member of the Council of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSAT) and from 1999-2002 of the European Advisory Board of the Center of Theology and Natural Sciences of Berkeley (California); member of the Advisory Board of the journal Studies in Science and Theology; from 1998-1999 visiting professor in History of Science at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).


b. Marc Leclerc

     Dr Phil.(Université Catholique de Louvain), Dr en Science (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Director of the School of Science and Philosophy, Gregorian University; Lecturer of epistemology and cosmology (Institut d’Etudes Théologiques de Bruxelles); Lecturer of History of the modern Philosophy (Gregorian University).


c. Piero Ciardella

      B.A. in Theology (Gregorian University), M.A. in Philosophy (Gregorian University); Director of the Istituto superiore di Scienze religiose (Pisa- Lateran University); Director of the Department for culture, Diocese of Lucca (Italy); Professor of Theology (Catholic University of Milano) and of Philosophy (Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose, Pisa); Secretary of the Coordinamento delle Associazioni Teologiche Italiane.

      E-mail: ciardella

Degree in physics at Pisa University in 1987 with a thesis on theoretical solid state physics, about energy levels in disordered systems. PhD in physics at Pisa University in 1991. The main research interests is about developing mathematical models for several systems. In particular: disordered and quasi-periodical systems in solid state physics; strategic analysis of military stability; evaluation of collision risk with space debris for near-Earth orbiting objects (participant to the group of authors of a model adopted by ESA); processing of satellite images of the earth surface; modelling of the Earth magnetic field; organization of experimental setup for testing the effect of magnetic field on animals (marine turtles) and man; many ecological systems (artificial life, evolution and dynamic of populations), data analysis of the experiment VIRGO (gravitational waves); channelling of high energy particles in nanotubes. Other relevant scientific interests about the problem of science philosophical foundations: bachelor in philosophy at the Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis . Activity in applied mathematics and informatics: developed a number of applicative software for insurance, industrial logistic, integration internet-mobile telephony, and many other.


5 ) University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

a.  Jean Leclercq

     M. A. in Philologie romane (Liège); B.A. in Theology (Bruxelles); Dr in Philosophy (Louvain-la-Neuve); Director of the Centre Blondel,  Université catholique de Louvain, Faculté des Sciences philosophiques - Institut supérieur de philosophie; «Chercheur associé» of the Equipe internationale de recherche Sciences de l’Homme et des Humanités – Le texte et l’édition (EA 1864 – DS 6); and of the Centre Interactions culturelles Européennes, dépendant du Ministère français de la recherche and of the l’UFR Lettres et Philosophie de l’Université de Bourgogne (Dijon). «Chercheur référent» of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR – Italie).


b.  Olivier Depré .

      M.A. in Philosophy; Dr in Philosophy. Grants: 1984-1986, Deutscher Akademischer Ausstauschdienst, Germany; Lauréat du Concours des bourses de voyage 1985; Secrétaire de la Société philosophique de Louvain (1995-2003); Chercheur F.N.R.S.; Professor of Philosophy (Louvain-la-Neuve); his research interests include Hegel and modern German philosophy; the philosophy of nature; H. Jonas and the ecology; the philosophy of contingence.


c.   Luca Illetterati

      Associate Professor at the University of Padua. 1989-1992 involved in research at the University of Regensburg, where he carried out his activity in the Philosophy and History of Science course directed by Prof. Dr. Imre Toth; 1992: study at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität of Munich directed by Prof. Dr. Rolf-Peter Horstmann; 1993: PhD in philosophy. Research: a) the relationship between philosophy and science of nature; b) the problem of a justification of teleological concept in the explanation of living beings; c) problems involved in the question about the possibility to find ontological criteria for the distinction between natural beings and artefacts.

     E-mail :

d.  Nicolas Monseu

     1997: B. A. in Philosophy (Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Brussels); 1999, M. A. in Philosophy (Univesité catholique de Louvain); 2000, Agrégation de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur ; 2003, Diplôme d’études approfondies in Philosophy (Université catholique de Louvain) ; 2004 Ph. D. in Philosophy (Université catholique de Louvain). 1999 : Laureate of the « Prix Dopp » (1250,00 EURO). 1999-2000 : assistent at the Institut supérieur de philosophie of the University of Louvain. 2000-2004 : fellow of the Fonds national de la recherche scientifique. 2004-2005 : Fellow of the Fonds de la recherche of the University of Louvain ; invited fellow of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. Scientific collaborations with the University of Bourgogne.

     E-mail :

e.   Olivier Praz

      2002, B. A. in Philosophy (Université de Fribourg/Suisse) ; 2003, Diplôme d’études approfondies in philosophy (Université Catholique de Louvain/Belgium) ; 2003-2004, Philosophy and Religion teacher (HEMES-Gramme, Liège/Belgium) ; current research interests : metaphysics and ontology in the first German idealism (poetics and scientific philosophy by Hölderlin) ; nov. 2004, books reviews about Transcendantal Philosophy in Revue Philosophique de Louvain .

      E-mail :

f.   Christian Vecchiet

     M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Trieste (Italy); visiting researcher at the Intenationale Akademie für Philosophie im Fürstentum Liechtenstein in order to study the phenomenological-realistic method in philosophy; collaboration with the chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Trieste; Diplôme d’études approfondies en Philosophie et Lettre at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium); collaboration with the Université Catholique de Louvain. His research interests include Del Noce, Rosmini, Blondel, the phenomenological movement and ethics.

      E-mail :

                                                 II. Area: Causality and Motivation

                                                  Thematic co-ordinator: Roberto Poli

1) Mitteleuropa Foundation (Italy)

a. Roberto Poli

    PhD (Utrecht), Adjunct Professor at Trento University, Editor-in-chief of Axiomathes (Springer) and co-founder of Mitteleuropa Foundation (Bolzano). He has written four volumes, more than 100 papers and is the editor or co-editor of more than 20 volumes and journal's special issues in the fields of values, ontology and Central-European culture. Poli has promoted and organized the proposal for the European project "Responsibility and Anticipation", comprising more than 30 European universities and research centres. It is a cross-disciplinary project, bundling extant research energies in ethics, ontology and computer science under the focal point of responsibility.


b . Liliana Albertazzi

     Associate Professor of philosophy of language. Director of Mitteleuropa Foundation, a research centre in ontology and cognitive analysis. Author of 4 books, and more that 100 publications, as well as editor of 18 books. Main fields of interest are the theory of representation, cognitive semantics, the theory of cognitive space and time, Gestalt psychology.


c. Alf Zimmer , PhD, Professor of Psychology. Rector of the University of Regensburg, Member of the Advisory Board of the Bavarian Government on Technology Assessment and Risk. Research interests: The acquisition and utilization of knowledge, Information processing in the human-machine interface, The moral implications of comparative risk evaluation of action alternatives.

      E-mail: alf.zimmer@psychologie.uni-regensburg.d

d. Claire Ortiz Hill


Université de Paris-Sorbonne (IV) Doctorat  (Philosophy),1987; Université de Paris-Sorbonne (IV) D.E.A. (Philosophy) 1985; Université de Paris-Sorbonne (IV) Maîtrise (Philosophy) 1979; University of California, Riverside Masters (Comparative Literature) 1974; University of California, Riverside B.A. (Philosophy) 1970; Hochschulferienkurs für Germanisten: Halle (1985); Erfurt (1987); Leipzig (1989); Magdeburg (1994). Thèse de Doctorat: Le mot et la chose chez Husserl et Frege; Mémoire de Maîtrise: La logique des expressions intentionnelles; Senior Honor's Thesis: Descartes and Husserl. Books: Husserl or Frege? Meaning, Objectivity, and Mathematics, with Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock, Open Court, La Salle IL, 2000 (2003); Rethinking Identity and Metaphysics, On the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1997; Word and Object in Husserl, Frege and Russell, the Roots of Twentieth Century Philosophy, Ohio University Press, Athens OH, 1991 (2001); The Roots and Flowers of Evil in Baudelaire, Nietzsche, and Hitler, forthcoming Open Court, Chicago.

e. Angela Ales Bello

M.A. and Ph. Dr. in Philosophy; Professor of Contemporary Philosophy at the Lateran University, where she was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy. She directs the Italian Centre of Phenomenological Research affiliated to the World Phenomenology Institute (U.S.A.), is a member of the editorial committee of numerous Italian and foreign journals, including “ Aquinas ”, “Analecta Husserliana”, “Phenomenological Inquiry” . Since 1990 she has been editor of the Italian translations of the philosophical works of Edith Stein published by Editrice Città Nuova in Rome. She was visiting professor in Spain, Germany, Latvia, Poland, United States, Brazil, India, Pakistan. Her publications are for the most part concerned with analyzing German phenomenology in relation to other currents of contemporary thought and the themes of historicity ( Husserl e la storia – Husserl and the History, Parma, 1972), the sciences (Husserl e le scienze – Husserl and the Sciences, Rome; L'oggettività come pregiudizio. Analisi di inediti husserliani sulle scienze – Objectivity as Prejudice. Analysis of unpublished Husserlian Texts on the Sciences, Rome, 1982), religious experience ( Husserl sul problema di Dio – Husserl on the Problem of God,Rome, 1985; Spanish traslation: Husserl, sobre el problema de Dios , Editorial Jus, Mexico 2000). She is editor of the philosophical works of Edith Stein published by Città Nuova, Rome. She takes an interest also in the theme of women and in 1998 wrote the postscript of the book La dignità della donna – The Dignity of Women (Rome) in which she brought together the writings of John Paul II on the question of women; she also published a monograph: Edith Stein: La passione per la verità – Edith Stein. Passion for the Truth (Padova, 2003³). Her contributions on the thought of Edmund Husserl, Edith Stein and Hedwig Conrad-Martius were published in the international encyclopaedia Phenomenology World-Wide, Vol. 80 of Analecta Husserliana (Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers). She has been President of the Italian Edith Stein Association since 2003. Her book L’universo nella coscienza. Introduzione a Edmund Husserl, Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad Martius – The Universe in Consciousness. Introduction to Edmund Husserl, Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad Martius , ETS Pisa, was published in the same year, while 2004 saw the publication of her Sul femminile. Scritti di antropologia e religione edited by M. D’Ambra, Città Aperta, Troina (EN) and, in Portuguese, Fenomenologia e ciências humanas (Phenomenology and the human Sciences), edited by Miguel Mahfoud and Marina Massimi, Edusc, Baurù.

2) Universität Salzburg (Austria)

a. E dgar Morscher

      Ph.D. (Innsbruck), Professor of Philosophy, chairman of the Philosophy Department, past rector of the University of Salzburg. Research and teaching interests: ethics, ontology, philosophical logic and semantics, philosophy of the 19th and 20th Centuries, in particular contemporary philosophy and the Austrian tradition. Approximately 200 publications.


b. Heinrich Ganthaler

     PhD (Salzburg), Associate Professor of Philosophy. His research interests include Biomedical Ethics, History of Philosophy and Social Philosophy (contemporary theories of justice).

c . Norbert Gratzl

    PhD (Salzburg). His main interests concern free logic and deontic logic.

d . Reinhard Kamitz

    PhD (Salzburg). Has been working on ethics and logic.

e. Otto Neumaier

    PhD (Innsbruch). His main research interests are ethics, aesthetics, and philosophical anthropology.

3) Salford University (England)

a. Andrew Basden

    Professor of Human Factors and Philosophy in Information Systems at the University of Salford. He worked in computer applications in the pharmaceutical industry (data analysis), in general practice (medical records of ill-structured information) and in the chemical industry (expert systems) before returning to academic life by joining the ISI in 1987. During this time he has published and presented significant ideas in all areas of information systems, including knowledge based systems and user interface technologies, KBS development methodology, IS usage and critical IS research. He has international acclaim for his exploration of the potential of Dooyeweerd's philosophy in the context of IS.


b. Elaine Storkey

      She is one of the most experienced writers and speakers in relating the Christian Gospel to contemporary culture. She has a background in philosophy and sociology and has many years experience of teaching in the UK and overseas (most recently with King's College, London). For 7 years she was the Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. She is the UK President of Tear Fund, a Vice President of the University of Gloucestershire and a member of the Crown Appointments Commission. Her most recent publication, with the University of Salford, addresses issues of helping business leaders explore and apply Christian ethics in their work. Elaine is a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, a role which allows her to continue her valued wider ministry in writing, broadcasting, research and public speaking.

c. Gareth Jones

      He is completing his PhD with Prof. Basden on the implications of Dooyeweerd's philosophy for the human, social and technological aspects of developing knowledge based systems in the context of environmental sustainability. Previously he worked as Environmental Officer in Caring for Life and in UK Government Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS), where he employed Dooyeweerd's philosophy. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in Biology in 1997.

4 ) University of Lyon (France)

a. Jean-Michel Roy

     PhD, is Maître de Conférences de philosophie of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines in Lyon; Research affiliate of CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; Review Committee member of Les Etudes Philosophiques, PUF (1993-); Co-foundation and direction of the Phenomenology and Cognition Research group, Husserl Archives-Ecole Normale Supérieure / CREA -Ecole Polytechnique (1993- 2003); Foundation and direction of the Pierre Duhem Research Group in the History and Theory of science (1993-96); Co-Editor of the series Scientific Philosophy at ENSEditions (2003-). Roy hasconducted his post-doctoral research at Harvard University and MIT. He has been working on the foundations of cognitive science;


b. Anne Reboul

      Ph.D. Linguistics at E.H.E.S.S., Paris; Ph.D. Philosophy at the University of Geneva; Habilitation thesis, University of Strasbourg (France). Recipient of the Neumann award in Aesthetics (1991); Recipient of the CNRS bronze medal for Linguistics (1997). Scholarship of the Linguistic Society of America for the Linguistic Institute (UCLA: summer 1983); Honorary Research Fellow at University College London (1984-1986); Visiting Scholar at the Linguistic Institute (University of Georgetown, July 1985); Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (August 1985); First Class Research Fellow at the CNRS (LORIA, Nancy, 1993-1999).

c. Catherine Tallon-Baudry :

      Neuroscience PHD, Université Lyon1; Alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon; Chargée de recherche (tenured position) at CNRS, LENA UPR640 "Neurosciences Cognitives et Imagerie Cérébrale" , Paris (dir. Bernard Renault / Line Garnero), Team : Vision (heads : B. Renault / N. Fiori). nov. 97 - oct. 99: Post-doc at Brême University (Allemagne), laboratory of Pr Andreas Kreiter. Marie-Curie Grant: "Rôle de la  synchronisation oscillatoire dans le maintien d'un objet en mémoire à court terme chez le singe en comportement". AMN (teaching position) at Lyon 1 University

5) University of Aarhus (Dänemark)

a. Johanna Seibt

     M. A. in Computer science (München); B.A. in Philosophy (München); Ph. Dr (Pittsburg); Habilitation (Konstanz); Adjunct Associate Professor, co-ordinator of an international interdisciplinary research network on Process Theory. Research Specialization: Ontology, Formal Ontology, Process Metaphysics, Process Ethics. Over 100 articles and books. Grants: Fellowship of the Bayerische Hochbegabtenförderung; Fellowship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; Alan-Ross-Anderson Fellowship in Logic, Pittsburgh; Habilitation Fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Faculty Grant of the Hewlett Foundation; 2 year Post-Doc of the Danish Research Council in the Humanities


b. Baris Parkan , PhD (Texas), Assistant Professor at the Philosophy Department of the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Co-ordinator of research network on applied ethics. Research Specialization: Ontology, Ethics, Political Philosophy, the ontology of work.

c. Morten Raffnsøe-Møller , Ph.D. Associate Professor, Head of Institute for Philosophy and the History of Ideas, Univ. of Aarhus;  Research Specialization: Social and Political Philosophy, Theories of Power and Institutions, Ethics, Management Philosophy, Philosophy of Work. His publications (4 books (3 editions) and many research articles) and lectures pertain to topics such as democratic processes,  philosophy of institutions, ethics of intersubjectivity, and social issues in philosophical anthropology.

d. Robin May Schott, Ph.D. (Yale), Associate Research Professor (Institute for Philosophy, Rhetorics, and Pedagogy, Univ. of Copenhagen) and Research Director of an NOS-H project on cultural perception.  Research Specialization: ethics, feminist philosophy, history of philosophy.  She published and edited 6 books; over 100 articles and lectures at international meetings on topics including the ethics of situations of conflict and war, cultural perception, the ethics of group interaction.

e. Martin Mose Bentzen just completed his MA in philosophy (logic), writing a highly original thesis on deontic reasoning systems and the logic of imperatives.  Has started on a Ph.D. project on the philosophy of risk (dynamic defeasible reasoning under uncertainty).

                                                  Thematic co-ordinator: Eamonn Conway

1)                         Centre for Social and Family Research, Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)

a.  Michael Howlett

     Head of Department of applied Arts, WIT; 197-1991 Lecturer in History, Culture and Theology, St. Peter’s College, Wexford; 1993-1998 Lecturer in Communication, Behavioural Science, Philosophy and Social Studies, Waterford Institute of Technology. Current interests: the future of Humanity: Religious and Cultural Implications; the ethical perspective on Progress and Development in Society, Science and Technology. Academic and Professional Qualifications: B.Sc., B.D., S.T.L., Th. D., Ph.D.


b.  Fergus Hogan

     Course Leader in Applied Social Studies, Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford. Primary Degree: B. Soc. Sc. (Joint Honours 2.1) Sociology & Social Policy; 1989 – 1992. University College Dublin. Post-graduate Degree(s): M.Soc. Sc. (Social Work) with Distinction. University College Dublin. 1992 – 1994. Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy. Mater Misericordiae Hospital. 1995 – 1998.


c. Máire O’Reilly

      Lecture in Social Policy, Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford; Primary Degree: B.Soc.Sc. (Joint Honours),  Sociology & Social Policy. UCD 1993;Post-graduate Degree: M. Soc.Sc. (Social Policy- Honours) UCD 1995.

d. Jonathan Culleton

     Sociology Lecturer, Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford. Education: Bachelor of Arts: Sociology and English, UCD 2000; Master of Arts (Sociology) HETAC 2002. Currently he is in year two of three of his PhD research. He chaired the Department of Applied Arts interdisciplinary research committee meetings regularly since September 2002. Since 2001 chairperson of a joint committee in Waterford compromising The WIT Centre for Social and Family Research, local interest groups and support networks for immigrants. This committee has successfully acquired repeated funding for the provision of English Classes for Asylum Seekers in Waterford, integration initiatives, cultural days, etc.

e. Dr. Lisa (Elizabeth) Fitzpatrick

      Ph.D. (University of Toronto); M.A. (University College Dublin); B.A. (Trinity College Dublin). Education: Ph.D. 2003 Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto The Emergence of a Postnational Aesthetic in Contemporary Irish Drama 1980-2000. M.A. Modern Drama. 1995. University College Dublin.  Graduate Diploma in Business Studies. 1991. University College Dublin. B.A.1990, Trinity College Dublin. Employment: 2002-Dept. of Applied Arts Waterford Institute of Technology; 2002 Appointed as graduate supervisor at MA level; 1999 – 2002 University of Toronto Research awards: Shane Baghai Fellowship 2001 1-year duration; 2000, University of Toronto Open Fellowship, 1-year duration; Ontario Government Scholarship 1999, 1-year duration; University of Toronto Open Fellowship 1998, 1-year duration, University of Toronto Open Fellowship, 1997, 1-year duration.

2). Centre for Culture, Technology & Values, Mary Immaculate College -University of Limerick- (Ireland)

a) Peter Hodgson

     Head of Nuclear physics Theoretical Group, Nuclear Physics Laboratory, University of Oxford; Fellow of Corpus Christi College; MA(Oxon), PhD(London), DSc (London), CPhys, ARCS, DIC, FInstP Honorary and Foreign distinctions: Membro Straniero dell’Istituto Lombardo, Accademia di Science e Lettere, 1991; Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Shumen, Bulgaria, 1998; Gold Medal of the Slovak Academy of Science, 2000. Numerous books on Nuclear Physics, including: Growth Points in Nuclear Physics, Vols 1, 2, 3 (Pergamon Press), 1980-81; Nuclear Power, Energy and the Environment, 1999. President of the Science Secretariat of Pax Romana; Consultor of the Pontifical Consilium for Culture.


 b. Eamonn Conway

     Head of the Dep. of Theology and Religious Studies, at Mary Immaculate College (Limerick, Ireland). He has edited Twin pulpits: Media and Church in Ireland, Dublin 1997; Technology and Transcendence, Dublin 1999. His current research interests include the impact of technology on Christian spirituality. He is the co-founder of the Centre for Culture, Technology and Values in Limerick and a member of the Government’s Information Society Commission.


c. Fiachra Long

     BA HDip MA (NUI) LPh DPh (Louvain). Research Areas: crossover areas between Education, Theology and Philosophy. He is recognised as an international expert on the philosophy of M. Blondel; he has co-edited a collection of essays called Theology in the University with Padraig Corkery in 1997. Dr Long has organised collaborative exchanges between IUFM, Clermont-Ferrand and the Education Department, UCC and has given presentations in the Philosophy of Education, Philosophy and Philosophical Theology at home and in France, Belgium, Great Britain, United States and Canada. At UCC in 1999, he served on the Organising Committee which in conjunction with the Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford ran a very successful international conference in Religion and Science with invited speakers from UK and Poland.


3) Centre for Culture, Technologie & Values, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (Ireland)

Research Partners:

a.   Michael Breen

      BA BD MS PhD, Head of Department, Media & Communication Studies and Joint Director, Centre for Culture, Technology and Values at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. His postgraduate studies were at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where he undertook a Master of Science degree in Television, Radio, Film. He graduated in August 1994, winning the Harvey Bennett Loeb award for outstanding research. He continued his studies at the Newhouse School pursuing a doctorate in mass communications. During that time he won the Henry F. Schulte Dean’s Award for leadership. He taught at the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin before taking up his current post in Limerick. He is principally interested in the influence of communications media on individual beliefs, attitudes and values, and on the formation of public attitudes and values. He was a Government of Ireland Research Fellow 2004/2005. Recent publications include Technology and Transcendence (with Conway and McMillan. Columba Press: Dublin).


b. Eoin Devereux

     BA, MA (NUI), PhD (DCU), Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Limerick From Limerick City, Eoin was educated at NUI Galway where he studied Sociology, Politics and History at undergraduate level and Sociology at postgraduate level. He holds a PhD from the School of Communications at Dublin City University. His latest book is Understanding The Media (2003) a textbook for undergraduate media students published by Sage (London).  A former RTE Research Fellow, his book Devils and Angels: Television, Ideology and the Coverage of Poverty was published in 1998 by John Libbey Media. He has published articles in a wide range of journals including Media, Culture and Society; The Irish Journal of Sociology, The Irish Communications Review, Media Development; The Community Development Journal and The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. Dr. Devereux is a regular contributor to RTE radio and television programmes on media issues. His Research Interests include Sociology of Media; Community Development Groups; Poverty and Social Exclusion; Media Professionals.

c. Amanda Haynes

     BA (UL), M.Soc.Sc (NUI), PhD (UL) Lecturer in Sociology , University of Limerick Dr. Amanda Haynes is a Lecturer in Sociology. She holds a Masters degree in Social Science from UCD and a PhD from UL. She was awarded the Limerick 800th PhD Scholarship in Comparative Local Government and Local Development Strategy. Amanda's doctoral dissertation focused on the dynamics of territorial generative growth. Her Masters dissertation focused on the sociology of work, investigating the impact of new forms of work organisation on the quality of working life of shop floor workers. Research Interests: spatial development theory, particularly the dynamics of regional endogenous growth; social exclusion, particularly as experienced by asylum seekers in Ireland; the role of the media in mediating social attitudes towards excluded and marginalized groups; social networks as a source of agency; gendered networks; the restructuring of labour/management relations in the context of the knowledge based economy; strategies for social inclusion and research methodologies.

d.  Paul Brian Campbell

      BA, MA, STL, MS PhD, Currently Vice-President of Loyola Productions in Los Angeles and Vice President of Loyola Press in Chicago, Paul was formerly Director of the Communications Major at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit institution in Syracuse. Paul’s research interests include the unintended consequences of communications technologies, justice issues and the internet and the portrayal of religion and religious figures in the mass media.   Born After completing his novitiate and a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature and History, he gained his Baccalaureate in Philosophy in Paris. Then he spent two years at Sophia’s Japanese Language Institute and at Sophia University obtained a B.A., an M.A. and a Licentiate in Theology. He  studied at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School where he received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Public Communications.

4) Salesian Pontifical University (Rome)

Research Partners

a. Antonio Arto

      M. A. in Philosophy (Guadalajara, Spain); M. A. in Theology (Salamanca, Spain); 1968, M.A. in Pedagogy-Psychology, Salesian University, Rome; 1971 Dr in Philosophy-Psychology; from 1992 Lecturer of Psychology at “Saint Thomas University (Angelicum); lecturer of Psychology and Head of the Department of Psychology, Salesian University, Rome; founded the School of Psychology of the Salesian University. Editor or autor of 20 books and of 70 papers.


b.  Juan Bottasso

     Dr in Theology (Gregorian University, Rome); founder of the School of Missiology Abya-Yala, Quito (Ecuador); Vice-Rector of the Salesian University, Quito, from 1994 to 1999; Head of the School of Anthropology, Salesian University, Quito. Autor or editor of 10 books and many papers about missiology, religion and culture today.




c.   Gianfranco Coffele  

      Dr in Theology (Gregorian University);Lecturer of Fundamental Theology, Salesian University, Rome; Head of the School of Missiology, Salesian University;autor or editor of 5 books and 30 papers.


d. Georg Lachnitt

     Lecturer at the Salesian University, Rome; M. A. In Philosophy and pedagogy; B. A. In Theology (Rome, Salesian University); M. A. in latin and portoguese; M. A. In Liturgy; M. A. in Dogmatic; Dr in Theology; fields of interest: linguistic theory; theology and culture; Autor or editor of 20 books about Antropologia cultural e Teologia.


e . Mario Toso

    Ph. Dr in Philosophy (Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, Milano); M. A. in Philosophy (Università Pontificia Salesiana); M. A. in Teology (Pontificia Università Lateranense, Rome); Rector of the Salesian University, Rome; from 1990 until now Consultor of the Pontifical Consilium «De Iustitia et pace»; Consultor of the Italian Bishop’s Commission; from 1999 to 2002 member of the Commission charged from the Pontifical Consilium de Iustitia et Pax to write the Compendio di dottrina sociale della Chiesa; associate-editor of the Review «La società»; autor or editor of 23 books on the social teaching of the Church and approximately autor of 160 papers.


5) University of Warsaw, Poland

 a. Zbigniew Kotulski

     Ph.D., professor at Warsaw University of Technology. Fields of interest: chaotic processes and their applications, application of mathematics in engineering, natural sciences and economy. Author of about 80 scientific papers and 3 books. Head of WUT Security Group in EuroNGI-NoE (6FP).


b. Bogusława Lewandowska

      M. A. and Ph. D. degree in dogmatic theology; information sciences (graduated from University of Warsaw, Department of History); theory of literature (Institute of Literature Research of PAS), management (graduated from Szkoła Główna Handlowa – Warsaw School of Economics in Warsaw). Fields of interest: dogmatic theology, speculative theology, applying philosophy to theology, teoretical philosophy (especially: ontology and epistemology), also theology of literature, theology of culture. Scholarships: from Polish Goverment for two academic years university studies in Warsaw (Academy of Catholic Theology) and from French Goverment for studies at University of Montpellier. Theologian employed by Centre of Recording, Research and Information on Modern Religion Movements (Ośrodek Informacji, Dokumentacji i Badań Nowych Ruchów Religijnych i Sekt) in Warsaw; from May 1998 until now – head of library of IFTR of PAS


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