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Faith, Reason & Dialogue (Manila, 2020) Print

In the history of the Catholic Church both faith and reason have been instrumental in the conversion of Rome and its eventual triumph in Europe, from which it has spread across the world through both cross and sword. Yet the dawn of the Second Vatican Council (Vat. II) provided the opportunity for ecumenism with Orthodox Churches and Protestantism, but more so it laid down guidelines for possible interfaith and intercultural dialogue with the immense cultural and intellectual heritages of the East particularly the great traditions of Asia. This marked a movement in evangelization from cross and sword to the opportunity of listening to the other culture. 2020 marks the 55th anniversary since the closing of Vat. II and since then numerous documents have focused especially on the theme of dialogue: Fides et Ratio, Ad Gentes: Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church, Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions, Evangelii Nuntiandi: Dialogue in Mission, and Redemptoris Missio: Dialogue and Proclamation, among others. Coincidentally, the University convenes this conference in anticipation of the 500th year Jubilee of the Christianization of the Philippines in 2021. In view of all these, COMIUCAP invites Scholars from all continents to reflect on the engagement of faith, reason, and dialogue in today’s world, particularly in the rich opportunity of listening to cultures from the East. – For further information, please, click here.

Truth, Fake News & Education (Sydney, 2019) Print

COMIUCAP welcomes all interested persons to the Conference, “Truth, Lies, Fake News and Moral Education”, to be held at the Sydney (Broadway) Campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia. As St. Augustine did centuries ago, we recognize that the search for truth amounts to the search for God, since God is the Truth. The problems and the challenges are many, but we trust in the power of dialogical reason and the transformative effects of conversations that are both rigorous and generous. The event will be marked by an open and diligent discussion of some of the many philosophical issues associated with the topics announced in the theme of the Conference. For more details, please, see here.

Faces of Forgiveness (Lima, 2018) Print

Faces of Forgiveness

Lima, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú & Lugar de la Memoria

November 21-23, 2018

The concept of “forgiveness” – naturally associated with the notions of responsibility, reconciliation, and justice — has lately become specially relevant in the context of transitional justice processes. However, even within its strict application according to the guidelines of International Law, the use of this concept is highly controversial, for it is unclear in what sense forgiveness can be a subject of collective decissions or agreements. Related processes such as amnesties and pardons are involved in similar controversies. Forgivenes is a profound and complex human experience, which shows different conceptual or metaphorical faces: it has not only the abovementioned legal face, but also a philosophical and theological one. Both of these disciplines exhibit vast theoretical traditions on the matter. These traditions have bestowed precious lessons upon us concerning the meaning and multiple dimensons associated with the experience of forgiveness. Furthermore, there is nowadays a more developed moral consciousness which forces us to consider the non-metaphorical but literal meaning of the faces of the victims of forgiveness.

In order to consider “Faces of Forgiveness”, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and COMIUCAP (World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy) invite all those interested to participate in an international conference to be held on November 21-23, 2018 at the PUCP Cultural Center and at the national museum LUM (“Lugar de la Memoria” / “Place of the Memory”). The event welcomes philosophers, lawyers, theologians and thinkers interested in peace, justice and reconciliation processes of our regions.

The Colloquium will count with the participation of the following foreign guests: Cathérine Chalier, French philosopher of the University of Nanterre, France; Francisco Cortés, philosopher of the University of Antioquia, Colombia; Francisco de Roux, president of the Truth Commission of Colombia; Vicente Durán, philosopher of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Colombia and João Vila-Chã, philosopher and theologian of the Università Gregoriana and President of COMIUCAP. Many Peruvian specialists will also participate in the colloquium, among them philosophers, jurists, theologians, historians, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, writers and people who have lived in the flesh the process of restoring social bonds. [Program]

Educating for Modern Democracy (Boston, 2017) Print

From November 7-10, 2017, Boston College and COMIUCAP put together a Conference on Educating for Modern Democracy: An Exploration of Philosophical and Religious Resources. The event took place under the assumption that nature and process of the democratic form of government has in recent times come under increased pressure around the world and that in a context such as the present one Institutions of Higher Education have a special role to play promoting high-level reflections not only on the nature of democracy but also on the crucial contribution that Christianity and other Religions are called to make towards the promotion of those values, including the dignity of the Human Person, without which democracies are condemned to remain incapable of sustainable and proper development. The Keynote Addresses at this conference were delivered by the following Professors: David Campbell (University of Notre Dame); Jose Casanova (Georgetown University); Judith Green (Fordham University); Charles Mathewes (University of Virginia); Eduardo Mendieta (Pennsylvania State University); Candace Vogler (University of Chicago); George Yancy (Emory University). Here the Program/Schedule and Photos of the event at Boston College.

Suarez & Practical Philosophy (São Leopoldo, 2017) Print

On occasion of the 400th Anniversary of the death of Francisco Suárez (Lisbon, Portugal, 25 of September of 1617), UNISINOS & COMIUCAP put together in São Leopoldo, Brasil, an International Congress dedicated to the Study of Suárez' Practical Philosophy. The event was organized by Professor Alfredo Culleton and took place at the UNISINOS from September 25-28, 2017. We expect the Proceedings to be published on due time. Commemorating Francisco Suarez, the famous «doctor eximius», events also took place in Salamanca (March 30-31, 2017); Pamplona (April, 26-28, 2017); Porto-Coimbra (June, 26-28, 2017); and at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Roma (October, 23-24, 2017).

World Congress and General Assembly (Bogotá, 2017) Print

After Paris (UNESCO, 2000), Mexico (Universidad Iberoamericana, 2004), Manila (Ateneo de Manila, 2008) and Johannesburg (St Augustine College of South Africa, 2013), the Fifth World Congress and General Assembly of COMIUCAP was held in Bogotá, Colombia, at the Universidad Santo Tomas from July 4-7, 2017. The scope of the Congress was global and aimed at bringing together scholars from around the world interested in the practices of Philosophy within a Catholic context and in order to promote the collaboration among Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy on a global scale. Most of the papers were presented in Spanish, but important contributions were also made in the other languages of COMIUCAP (English, French, Portuguese). A selection of the texts presented will be published both by PAROUSIA, the new journal of COMIUCAP, and as a book. Both the Program/Schedule of the Congress and the Book of Abstracts are here available. As clearly indicated by the Poster of the Congress, the event was held as a cooperative effort of the Facultad de Filosofia de la Universidad Santo Tomás together with the schools of philosophy of both the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Universidad La Salle. On the last day of the Congress (july 7, 2017), COMIUCAP held its fifth General Assembly during which the President and the other members of the Governing body of the network were elected for the term 2017-2021. Here the Report of the President and Photos of the entire event. – In Memoriam: Professor Noel Sheth SJ (1943-2017).

Philosophy in the African Context (Nairobi, 2017) Print

What is the role and value of philosophy in contemporary Africa? What is the relationship between philosophy and understanding within African culture? A key aspect of the discourse on philosophy in Africa entails the tendency to attribute the title 'Philosopher' to people trained in Philosophy, while ignoring other rational and critical thinkers. Such African philosophers have been left with nothing to do but be critics of the highest brow. The perceived inapplicability of philosophy is further underpinned by a resounding public 'stink eye'. While philosophy has been condemned many times in the past, the discipline has always found a role to play. What will be its role in Africa in the 21st Century? In consideration of the above questions, COMIUCAP and the The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) joined efforts towards the organization of an International Conference with the goal of seriously contributing towards a renewed discernment of the Role of Philosophy in Africa. The event took place at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) from 20-22 April, 2017. Here the Program and some PHOTOS of the event. Videos of the Opening Ceremony, of the Eucharistic Celebration and of the Keynote Addresses (by Prof. Justus Mbae, Prof. Dismas A. Masolo, Prof. Joseph Agbakoba) are available here. – On occasion of the Regional Congress of COMIUCAP for Africa, Vatican Radio produced and broadcasted (in Portuguese) an Interview (here Part I) with the President of the network on his return from Nairobi. The second Part of the same Interview can be followed here.

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