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ERCon 2018 : Expended Reason Congress


When Sep 24, 2018 - Sep 25, 2018
Where Rome, Italy
Submission Deadline Jul 1, 2018
Final Version Due Sep 5, 2018
Categories    dialog   sciences   faith

Call For Papers

Expanded Reason Congress

The Expanded Reason Congress is based on the same mission that the Expanded Reason Awards have, together with the proposal of Benedict XVI: to establish a dialogue between the particular sciences and philosophy and theology, with the aim of knowing reality in all its breadth, leaving out the scientific and utilitarian reductionisms that permeate our postmodern society.

The Expanded Reason project (Awards and Congress) seeks researchers and teachers who, from their particular sciences, ask themselves about the reality that appeals to them, taking into account anthropology, epistemology, ethics and the underlying meaning of what they study.

European University of Rome, Italy
September 24th and 25th, 2018.
The registration fee is 150 € before 1st August 2018 and 200 € from 2nd August onwards. Accommodation and transport costs are to be borne by the person concerned. Registration will be opened on 20 July 2018.

Limited inscriptions: 250.


An abstract of max. 5000 words will be submitted by July 1, 2018 and will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee. If accepted, by the deadline of September 5, 2018, the final text will be sent, which in no case will exceed 8000 words.

– The title of the paper, the abstract and the key words must be presented in Spanish or English.

– The works must be written in 1.5 line spacing and without front and/or back spacing, in dinA4 sheet size, with margins of 3 centimeters in its top and bottom edge and 2.5 centimeters in its right and left edge, in Times New Roman font with 12 pt size characters, black ink and numbered pages in the center of the footer and from the first page.

– The notes should be grouped and presented at the end of the text, duly listed to facilitate their location. They will not count as text.

– The total size of the document to be presented in Rome may not exceed 8000 words (not including bibliography, tables or graphs, figures, etc.).

Documents must be made in Microsoft Word for Windows support on PC version 2000 or later, but never in pdf.

– The images will be in jpg or tiff format and like the charts and figures will be inserted in the text with a legend indicating that it is each of them.

– For bibliographic references, the APA standards shall be used.

The Congress Scientific Committee will decide on the publication of the works. Articles will be selected by a rigorous anonymous peer review process to ensure their originality, relevance and suitability for the objectives of the call.

The proceedings of the Congress will be published in the Editorial UFV.

In the context of research focused on going beyond the pragmatism and scientism that governs (or guides) our society in general, and the academic world in particular—a reality that prevents the integrating knowledge and broader understanding of reality that encompasses the objects of study in an orderly manner—the Expanded Reason Congress opens this Call for Papers to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and to promote a dialogue that seeks to answer those questions that arise when scientific rationality can´t fully respond to reality.

We are conscious of the need for a dialogue that starts from the sciences and reaches towards Philosophy and/or Theology, a dialogue which may allow us to extricate ourselves from a self-referential sense of reason that has become independent of the roots that give it meaning.

Researchers are called to submit works that seek to promote university answers to these questions: anthropological, epistemological, ethical and meaning. They are, at least, the questions that allow us to seek the knowledge of the ultimate truth.

The selection of scientific, theoretical and empirical works, as well as teaching works that preferably include innovations in the teaching of subjects based on the four questions, will be published on our website and will become part of a monograph to be published around January 2019.

The proposals should answer the following question in a comprehensive way: WHAT IS THE HUMAN PERSON?

The organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is also welcome. We additionally encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Hereunder we propose some questions which tackle this problem from different areas of knowledge:

Women and men: the same but different?
Are we more than our brain? Indetermination or biological determination
When does human life begin?
What makes man different from other animals?
What can literature say about human life?
Does transhumanism suppose a new ethic for humans?
Which kind of impact has digital consume on human’s life?
Can we talk about mystery in relation to science?
When does human life end?
Does neuroscience demonstrate that our decisions are predetermined?
Is man a product of the culture?
Are we able to know absolute truth?
What are emotions and feelings for?
Why do we suffer? Physical, psychical and spiritual pain?
What is love?
Is family still having a value in society?
What are Human Rights?
What is Natural Law?
Did science replace religion?
Why is religion an universal phenomenon?
What is human dignity?
Can an avatar be free?
Can man be happy?
What can art say about man?

Communications should be sent via email to:

It is mandatory to complete and send the pre-registration form once the abstract has been submitted.

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