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IV World Congress of Comiucap (Johannesburg, 2013)


After Paris (2000), Mexico City (2004) and Manila (2008), the Fourth World Congress and General Assembly of COMIUCAP took place at St Augustine College in Johannesburg (South Africa) from 13-17 of November, 2013. The Keynote Addresses at the Congress were to be delivered by the following Speakers: Most Rev. Barthélemy Adoukonou (Bénin), Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture of the Vatican; Professor Philippe Capelle (France), of the University of Strasburg & Académie Catholique de France; Professor Joseph Agbakoba (Nigeria), of the University of Nigeria; Professor Bernard Feltz (Belgium), of the Catholic University of Louvain; Professor Vittorio Hösle (Germany), of the University of Notre Dame (USA); Dr. Salomón Lerner Febres (Perú), Rector-Emeritus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Perú. Professors from around the world presented their papers during the Congress. The General Assembly of the network dealt with important questions pertinent to both the present and the future of the organization. COMIUCAP aims at expressing in an Institutional Form some of the pragmatic implications to be derived from the impulses given to the Church and to the World by Blessed Pope John Paul II with the Encyclical Fides et Ratio. As a network, COMIUCAP is open to all major (and rigorous) philosophical expressions of the human spirit. We recognize, however, that the hermeneutical approach to Philosophy is at the heart of our self-understanding as network. Thus, mindful of the fact that our Congress and General Assembly took place during the year of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of a great Master of Hermeneutics and resourceful Philosopher of the in-between alliance of Faith and Reason, COMIUCAP took the occasion of its 4th World Congress to celebrate and acknowledge the lasting Memory of

Paul Ricœur (1913-2005).

After the welcoming remarks by the Rev. Dr. Michael  Van Heerden, President of St. Augustine College, the Acting-President of COMIUCAP, given the unexpected absence of the Most Rev. Mons. Barthélemy Adoukonou, read to those assembled the Message that His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, sent on the occasion of the Fourth World Congress and General Assembly COMIUCAP in Johannesburg. For us it was particularly important to have both the General Secretary of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, Professor Guy-Réal Thivierge, and the Honorary President of COMIUCAP, Professor Philippe Capelle-Dumont, intervene during our Proceedings, one during the Opening Ceremony and the other as one of the five Keynote Speakers we had the pleasure to listen to during the Congress. The papers presented in the Congress of Johannesburg will be published on due time. Regarding the General Assembly of COMIUCAP, the main novelties are the following: 1. Professor João J. VILA-CHÃ (Pontifical Gregorian University) was elected President of COMIUCAP for the term 2013-2017; 2. the following Nominations for Vice-Presidents were rectified and approved by the General Assembly that took place at St Augustine College on November 16, 2013: Professor Joseph AGABAKOBA (Madonna University, Nigeria) Vice-President for Africa; Professor Janis OZOLINS (Australian Catholic University), Vice-President for Asia-Oceania; Professor Miguel GARCIA-BARÓ (Universidad Pontificia Comillas), Vice-President for Europe; Rector-Emeritus Dr. Salomón LERNER FEBRES (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), Vice-President for Latin-America; Professor Brendan SWEETMAN (Rockhurst College), Vice-President for North-America. Pictures of the World Congress of COMIUCAP in Johannesburg are available here (by Dr. Dan Chitoiu) & here (by Dr. Wojciech Szypula). Memories of our Excursion to Soweto and the Apartheid Museum can be found here and here as well (video of the Offertory during the Mass at St Martin de Porres Parish). Enjoy the pictures and/or the memory of our time together in South Africa! In the Revised Edition of the PROGRAM & ABSTRACTS of the Congress, the reader can find both the Annual Reports presented in Johannesburg as well as the Final Report on the Proceedings of the Fourth General Assembly of COMIUCAP.

Members of the network are kindly requested to answer our SURVEY as soon as possible. Further information on the main goals and objectives of the network is available on this site. With a simple Registration Form and easy ways for making Payments, the process of Becoming a Member of COMIUCAP is now easy and convenient. We welcome Feedback from our Members as of anyone interested in the causes of Philosophy. We also invite you to visit and LIKE our FACEBOOK Page. As a global (catholic) network of institutions engaged in philosophical research and teaching, we acknowledge the gift of our heavenly Protector and by means of one of the beautiful flower-arrangements we had in Johannesburg we also say: Together, striving for Goodness, Truth and Beauty, we shall serve better the causes of Philosophy and of a renewed Humanism for the global times of today!


XXIII World Congress of Philosophy


«The World Congress of Philosophy provides a unique opportunity for philosophers, friends of philosophy and serious thinkers from all corners of the world to meet, to put forth ideas, exchange points of view, to argue and to present the fruits of their research to a unique and distinguished academic audience. The Congress is an outstanding cultural institution (...) that seeks to contribute to the forging of universal values that address the common human issues of our times; it is a place where clarity is sought regarding the Socratic challenge that reaches out to us even today, to old and young alike: “how one must live?” With these words of Professor Konstantinos Boudouris, President of the Hellenic Organizing Committee of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy in Athens (4-10 of August, 2013), COMIUCAP encouraged its Members to take part in this event of global significance for the Future of Philosophy and her mission in the global world of today. In conjunction with the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP), we also took active part in the Pre-Congress that took part in Athens from August 1-3, 2013. Here you can find pictures of the Pre-Congress organized by the Research Council for Values and Philosophy, of the «Global Dialogue Prize» given to Professor Georg McLean (Catholic University of America), the Commemoration of the first Hundred Years after the birth of Paul Ricoeur, with Richard Kearney (Boston College) and Peter Kemp (Copenhagen), as well as, among other events, the debate on the «Future of Metaphysics» led by Professor Oliva Blanchette (Boston College). The images also underline the participation of Professor Jürgen Habermas (Frankfurt) in a major event of the World Congress organized with the contribution of David Rasmussen (Boston College), as well as the participation of John P. Manoussakis, from Holy Cross, Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College), Tu Weiming (Harvard and Beijing), Рузана Псху (Moscow), Robert Cohen (Buffalo), and many others. These pictures are also intended as a small indication of why we think that the XXIII Congress of Philosophy in Athens was, despite all the difficulties, a success.


«The Role of Philosophy in Catholic Context»


On October 28th, 2011, COMIUCAP realized a Satellite Session during the Annual Meeting of the ACPA-American Catholic Philosophical Association in Saint Louis on The Role of Philosophy in the Contemporary Catholic Context. The Program of this special Session was the following:Organizer & Chair: Prof. João J. Vila-Chã (Gregorian University). Speakers : Prof. Oliva Blanchette (Boston College) "The Catholic Need for Philosophy: The Case of Maurice Blondel"; Prof. Dominic Balestra (Fordham University): "Where is Catholic Philosophy Today?"; Prof. Arthur Madigan (Boston College): "Philosophy and Catholic Modernity"; Prof. Holger Zaborowski (Catholic University of America): "Catholic Philosophy as Education Towards Reality"; Prof. João Vila-Chã (Gregorian University): "COMIUCAP and the Networking of Catholic Philosophy". It can be observed that the debate, which was of very high quality, was for the most part centered on the contribution of Maurice Blondel (1861-1949) and his understanding of the Philosophical Exigencies of Revelation.


... Nature and Mission of Comiucap


The Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie (COMIUCAP) is a worldwide network of Catholic University Institutions dedi­cated to teaching and research in Philosophy. The network was founded in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University in April 1999 as a direct result of the publication by Pope John Paul II of the encyclical Fides et Ratio, the most recent magisterial document of the Church related to Philosophy. As a network, COMIUCAP was inaugurated during its first General Assembly at the headquarters of UNESCO, Paris, in March of 2000. [Read more].

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