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Francisco Suarez (1548-1617)


Metaphysics and Practical Philosophy:

The Actuality of Francisco Suarez’s Thought 400 Years Later

UNISINOS, São Leopoldo (RS), Brazil

25-28 of September, 2017

Francisco Suarez SJ (1548-1617), one of the most influential philosophers and theologians of the 'Second Scholasticism', was able as almost no one else to revitalize philosophical and theological research in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by means of a profound and innovative reading of both Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus, among others. Suarez is commonly praised for his widespread, exhaustive and systematic treatment of almost all existing philosophical knowledge of his time and age and yet he was able to produce an amazing synthesis that in no way does compromise the deepth, strength and originality of his thought. He worked in a variety of theoretical fields, including metaphysics, natural theology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, ethics, political philosophy and law. In all these areas, he produced ideas that became so pervasive and widespread that nowadays they can hardly be identified. In the last four hundred years many great and diverse thinkers have confronted themselves with the many contributions of Francisco Suarez, namely figures such as Leibniz, Grotius, Pufendorf, Schopenhauer or Heidegger, each one of them hailing the former professor from the Collegio Romano and the University of Coimbra as a source of inspiration and an unavoidable influence. Hugo Grotius, for example, referred to this Jesuit theologian and philosopher as a man of such depth, breadth of thought and sharpness of mind without equal.

On occasion of the fourth centenary of the death of this remarkable Jesuit philosopher (Lisbon, 25 of September of 1617), the Graduate Program in Philosophy of the UNISINOS and the Institute Humanitas of the same University in partnership with COMIUCAP are organizing an International Symposium with the goal of furthering academic research on the importance and impact of Francisco Suarez in the configuration of Western Thought, but particularly in areas such as Law, International Relations, Metaphysics and Political Philosophy as well as in Theology and the history of the Society of Jesus.


Research and debate Francisco Suarez’s philosophical, theological and legal thought, its influence and current relevance in the areas of metaphysics, natural theology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law. More specifically, the Symposium intends to: Highlight the importance and relevance of one of the most important thinkers in the history of the Society of Jesus • Promote the academic study of Suarez’s work and critically revisit the issues worked by him in fields such as Just War Theory and International Law • Promote a serious debate on some of the current political and philosophical issues of our time in the light of Suarez's own philosophical contributions • Openly discuss the relevance of Suarez's work for our time • Discern the presence of Suarez’s work and thought in contemporary legal, political and philosophical thought Promote the Jesuit Memorial Library at the UNISINOS as an important tool for research on the Iberian and Latin-American Second Scholastic.

Keynote speakers

Ludger Honnefelder (Univerisität Bonn, Germany) • Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (International Law Court, Haia, Netherlands) • Olivier Boulnois (École Pratique des Hautes Études, France) • Constantino Esposito (Università di Bari, Italy) • Santiago Sanchez Orrego (Pontifícia Universidade Católica del Chile, Chile) • Daniel Schwartz (Tel Aviv, Israel) • Pedro Calafate (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) • Victor Salas (Sacred Heart University, USA) • Annabel Brett (Cambridge University, United Kingdom) • Roberto Hofmeister Pich (Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil) • Ernildo Jacob Stein (Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil) • Alfredo Culleton (Unisinos, Brasil) • João J. Vila-Chã (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Roma).

Convener & Organizers

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS • Instituto Humanitas Unisinos – IHU • Filosofia Unisinos • Conferénce Mondiale des Instituitions Catholiques des Philosophie – COMIUCAP. Alfredo Culeton (UNISINOS) • Inácio Neutzling (UNISINOS) • João J. Vila-Chã (COMIUCAP).

Scientific Committee

Alfredo Culeton (UNISINOS) • Inácio Neutzling (UNISINOS) • João J. Vila-Chã (COMIUCAP) • Roberto Hofmeister Pich (PUCRS) • Pedro Calafate (Universidade de Lisboa).

Submissions of Papers

Persons interested in presenting a paper on any of the relevant aspects of Francisco Suarez' philosophical contribution as here above announced are kindly invited to send an abstract (250-500 Words) as soon as possible and not later than April 15, 2017, to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Symposium Metaphysics and Practical Philosophy: The Actuality of Francisco Suarez’s Thought 400 Years Later will take place from 25-28 of September, 2017 at the Sala Ignacio Ellacuría e Companheiros (IHU) in the UNISINOS main Campus in São Leopoldo (RS), Brasil. For Registration and/or further Information, please, access http://www.ihu.unisinos.br/eventos. In case of need or difficulty, please contact us.

NB: The Spanish version of the present Call for Papers can be accessed here. All other Institutions that are Members of COMIUCAP and are planning academic events destined to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Francisco Suarez are kindly requested to communicate to us the corresponding information. As of December 2016, we are aware of the following events being planned for 2017:

Salamanca (March 30-31, 2017); Pamplona (April, 26-28, 2017); Porto-Coimbra (June, 26-28, 2017); Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Roma (October, 23-24, 2017).