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Conference Agenda

NOTE: This agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, 13 July, 2008 | Monday, 14 July, 2008 | Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 | Wednesday, 16 July, 2008
Agenda also available in block schedule format.

Sunday, 13 July, 2008

Time Event Location
7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration Hotel Husa Princessa
8:00 AM Busses load and travel to Toledo Hotel Husa Princessa
10:30 AM Interfaith Welcome
Pastor Mariano Blázquez
César García Magán
Imam Riay Tatary
Rabbi Haim Zukerwar

Toledo Lecture
Maria Rosa Menocal, Yale University
Toledo When It Was the Center of the World
Sinagoga del Tránsito/Museo Sefardi
12:00 - 5:00 PM Free Time Toledo
5:00 - 7:00 PM Lecture
George F. R. Ellis, University of Cape Town
On Being Human in the Universe: The Relations between Intellect, Emotion, Values, and Understanding

Interfaith Panel in Response to Lecture
Cecilio Raúl Berzosa Martínez
Jean-Arnold de Clermont 
Jacques Laredo
Imam Riay Tatary
Iglesia de los Jesuitas de Toledo 
7:00  PM Busses Load for Dinner at Olrey and Return to Madrid Toledo

Monday, 14 July, 2008

9:00 - 10:45 AM Welcoming Remarks

Rector of Comillas
Javier Leach, Director, Cátedra de Ciencia, Tecnología y Religión
Edward Devinney, President of Metanexus Institute
Eric Weislogel, Executive Director of Metanexus Institute
David Schrader, Executive Director of APA
Aula Magna
10:45-11:15 AM Coffee Break  
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM Featured Session: Introduction to Mini-Conference on "Exploring Non-Reduction and Levels of Reality" 

Basarab Nicolescu, International Center for Transdisciplinary Research and Studies(CIRET)
The Idea of Levels of Reality and its Relevance for Non-Reduction and Personhood

Roy Clouser, The College of New Jersey
The Nature & Ground of Religious Belief
Aula Magna

  Featured Session: Fundación Xavier Zubiri—”Towards a New Human Identity"

Thomas B. Fowler, Xavier Zubiri Foundation of North America
Introduction to the Philosophy of Xavier Zubiri

Diego Gracia Guillén, The Xavier Zubiri Foundation
Razones Sobre Dios

Carlos Pose, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
On the Essence

Enzo Solari, Universidad Católica del Norte (Chile)
Fenomenología y Analítica de la Sensibilidad: Algunos Argumentos
Sala de Conferencias
1:00-3:15 PM Lunch A
Lunch B
3:15 - 5:00 PM Relationality and the Self I

Rocco Gangle, Endicott College
Spinoza, Language, and Relational Identity

John A. Teske, Elizabethtown College
Recoupling Individuality: Relational Selves and Redemptive Relationships

Judith A. Toronchuk, Trinity Western University
George F. R. Ellis, University of Cape Town
Human Becoming: Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Affective Social Behaviour
Aula Magna
  On the Person (Spanish)

Lucio Florio, Fundación Diálogo entre Ciencia y Religión The Historic Person as the Ultimate Knower

Óscar Castro Garcia, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
What Am I?: A Brief Transdisciplinary Meeting about the Intimate Experience of the Numinous
Sala de Conferencias
  Mathematics & Religion

Lidia Joanna Obojska, University of Podlasie
Judith Marie Povilus, Sophia Association of Cultural Studies 
From the Total Gift of Self to a New Relational View of Reality; From a Mystical Insight to the Foundations of Mathematics: A Transdisciplinary Approach

Javier Leach, Director, Cátedra de Ciencia, Tecnología y Religión, Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid Objectivity and Subjectivity in Science and Religion: Towards Basing Inter-Religious Dialogue on Rational Grounds

P. Douglas Kindschi, Grand Valley State University
Chastened Realism: Mathematics as a Model for Theology
Sala Gª Polavieja
  Mini-Conference: Non-Reduction and the Human Sciences

James Skillen, The Center for Public Justice
The Necessity of a Non-Reductionist Science of Politics

Adolfo García de la Sienra Guajardo,Veracruzana University
The Economic Sphere

Egbert Schuurman, University of Wageningen
The Ethics of Responsibility as a Comprehensive Approach: An Application to the Ethics of Technology
Aula Magna (ICAI)
5:00 - 6:45 PM Featured Session with Kathy Duffy and V. V. Raman

Kathy Duffy, Chestnut Hill College
The Role of Imagery, Particularly Scientific Imagery, in Transdisciplinary Dialogue

V. V. Raman, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Self: Scientific and Religious Perspectives
Aula Magna

  Featured Session – On Compassion

Anindita Balslev, University of Copenhagen
Solomon Katz, University of Pennsylvania
F. LeRon Shults, University of Agder
Sala de Conferencias
  Mini-Conference: Non-Reduction, Levels, and Transdisciplinarity

John van Breda, University of Stellenbosch
Exploring Non-Reductionism and Levels of Reality: On the Importance of the Non-Separability of Discontinuity and Continuity of the Different Levels of Reality

Cecilia Dockendorff, Fundación SOLES
The Long Way from Non-Reductionism to Transdisciplinarity: Critical Questions about Levels of Reality and the Constitution of Human Beings

Renata T. S. Lemos, University of Santa Catarina
Lucia Santaella, São Paulo Catholic University (Pucsp)
Levels of Convergence
Aula Magna (ICAI)
6:45- 7:15 Break   
7:15 - 9:00 PM Problems of the Self

Donavan Paul Rocher, Concordia University
'Serving' the Self-Actualizing Subject in Global Culture

Oare' Dozier-Henry, Florida A&M University
Technology Rx: Yoruba Ontology and the African Worldview

Teresa Urszula Klimowicz, Maria Curie - Sklodowska University of Lublin
Rene Girard and the Genealogy of Consumerism
Aula Magna

  Spirituality, Science, & Religion

Rabbi Haim David Zukerwar, The Jewish World Explorium
Spiritual Structure of Reality

Ioan Chirila, University Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Subject, Self and Soul—Biblical Anthropological Approaches and Orthodox Exegesis: A Possible Perspective for a Transdisciplinary Discourse

Alena Govorounova, Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture at Nanzan University, Japan
Revelatory Spirituality and Science—An Oxymoron? Examining Revelatory Transcendental Discourses on Self and Personhood at the Intersections of Science, Buddhism, and Christianity

Abdul Majid, HSSRD and FIRST-Forum for Interaction of Religion, Science and Technology
Peaceful Co-Existence of Various Cultures and Religions: An Islamic Perspective with Special Reference to Spain
Sala de Conferencias
  Relationality and the Self II

Arno Wouters, Radboud University Nijmegen
Maureen Sie, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Brain, Science, and Personal Responsibility: What is the Problem?

Alfredo Dinis, Faculty of Philosophy of Braga (Portugal)
Self (and) Consciousness from the Second Person Perspective
Sala Gª Polavieja
  Neuroscience, Self, & Spirituality

Stefan Bauberger, Hochschule für Philosophie München
Personhood or Non-Self?: Christian and Buddhist Approach to the Self in the Context of Modern Scientific Results

Andrea Hollingsworth, Loyola University Chicago
Implications of Interpersonal Neurobiology for a Spirituality of Compassion

Anne L. C. Runehov, Copenhagen University
Neuroscientific Research on the Self: A Case for Panentheism?

Christopher Durante, McGill University
 The Structure of Selves: The Nature of Selfhood and the Schizophrenic Experience
Aula Magna (ICAI)
9:00 PM Dinner on your own & Free time  

Tuesday, 15 July, 2008

9:00 - 10:45 AM Sophia Iberia Session

Jens Degett, EAGLES (European Action on Global Life Sciences)
Christine Heller, Director, Sophia Iberia
Javier Leach, Director, Cátedra de Ciencia, Tecnología y Religión
Javier Monserrat, Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid
Sala de Conferencias

  Mini-Conference:  Understanding Levels

William A. Mathews, Milltown Institute
Redefining Science in an Emergentist World View

Carlo Scognamiglio, Università di Roma "La Sapienza"
Human Being and Non-Reductionist Conceptions of Determination

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Monastery of All Saints of North America
Nature and Hypostasis: An Orthodox Christian Response to Reductionism
Aula Magna (ICAI)
10:45 - 11:15 AM Coffee Break  
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM Featured Session - On Wisdom
Cecilia Deane-Drummond, University College Chester
What is Human Wisdom? An Interrogation of Posthuman Futures in Transhuman Evolutionary Discourse

Robert Kane, University of Texas at Austin
Ethics & the Quest for Wisdom
Aula Magna

  Featured Session with Stanley Jaki and Lucia Guerra-Menendez

Stanley Jaki, Seton Hall University
The Mind and Its Now

Lucia Guerra-Menendez, University of San Pablo CEU (Madrid)
Stanley Jaki, Seton Hall University
Pragmatism Then and Now
Sala de Conferencias
  Mini-Conference:  Matter and Life

Danie Strauss, University of the Free State
The Significance of a Non-Reductionist Ontology for the Disciplines of Mathematics and Physics–an Historical and Systematic Analysis

Riccardo Manzotti, Universita IULM- Milano
The Relational Nature of the Physical World as a Foundation for the Conscious Mind

Ingolf Schmid-Tannwald, Ludwig-Maximilians-University
Aula Magna (ICAI)
1:00-3:15 PM Lunch A
Lunch B
3:15 - 5:00 PM Continental Philosophy and Issues of Self

Hsiao-Lan Hu, Temple University
A Feminist Exegesis of Non-Self: On Classical Buddhist Understanding of Personhood and Identity

Deena M. Lin, Claremont Graduate University
Providing Meaning to the Human Experience in Spite of Epistemic Distance

Trisha MaryEllen Famisaran, Claremont Graduate University
Identity Politics and the Challenge of Representation
Aula Magna

  Psychoanalysis, the Good, & the Unconscious

Howard S. Baker, University of Pennsylvania Medical School
Scott Kent Jones, Princeton Theological Seminary
Adding a Spiritual Dimension to the Biopsychosocial Model: Psychoanalysis, Kohut, Schleiermacher and Buber

Felicity Brock Kelcourse, Christian Theological Seminary
A Phenomenology of Self, Psyche, and Soul: What Can We Learn from a Name?

Aaron Kheriaty, University of California, Irvine
God and the Unconscious
Sala de Conferencias
  Polanyi & Dooyeweerd

Neil D. Broom, University of Auckland
Does Nature Suggest Transcendence?

Kamaran Fathulla, The University of Northampton
Dannie Jost, Tensoriana
Quantum Humanism: The Reality of the Atom and the Mind Through a Dooyeweerdian Lens

Johannes Corrodi Katzenstein, University of Zürich, Switzerland
H. Dooyeweerd and E. Voegelin on Self, Society, and Transcendence
Sala Gª Polavieja
  Mini-Conference: Mind and Spirit

Liliana Albertazzi, Università degli Studi di Trento
Why Perception Is Not Reducible to Physics?

Steven Horst, Wesleyan University
Beyond Reduction: Philosophy of Mind and Post-Reductionist Philosophy of Science

Tommaso Bolognesi, Italian National Research Council (CNR) at Pisa
Fabio Caporali, Università degli Studi di Tuscia
Ludovico Galleni, Università di Pisa
Silvana Procacci, Università degli Studi di Perugia
Aurelio Rizzacasa, Università degli Studi di Perugia
Is There a Hierarchical Consciousness? Individual, Social and Cosmic Consciousness
Aula Magna (ICAI)
5:00 - 6:45 PM Recourse to Ricoeur

William Grassie, Founder Metanexus Institute
The Storied Nature of Self, Society, and Cosmos

Sara Margarida de Matos Roma Fernandes, Catholic University of Lisbon
Ethical and Aesthetical Identity - an Approach to Paul Ricoeur's Thought

Michael T. H. Wong, Monash University
Hermeneutics, Neuroscience, and Theological Anthropology - A New Way of Talking About Human Experience
 Aula Magna

Cosmos, Theos, Andros

Lucia Guerra-Menendez, University of San Pablo CEU (Madrid)
Julio Gonzalo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
The Inalienable Right to Defend Human Life and Dignity: A Scientific Perspective

Julio Gonzalo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Lucia Guerra-Menendez, University of San Pablo CEU (Madrid)
Singular Moments of Cosmic History

Emmanuel M. Carreira, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid
The Human Person: Nature, Ethical and Logical Viewpoints
Sala de Conferencias
Wisdom & Virtue: Discernment, Problem-Solving, and Expertise

James Meredith Day, Universite Catholique de Louvain
Cognitive Complexity, Human Development, and Religious Influence in Moral Problem-Solving: Empirical Evidence and some Implications for Human Evolution

Gary J. Boelhower, The College of St. Scholastica
The Possibility of Practical Wisdom: An Interdisciplinary Model for Discernment

Augustus E. Jordan, Middlebury College
Before Virtue: Ethics as Evolutionary Expertise
Sala Gª Polavieja
  Mini-Conference:  What Next?
Roberto Poli, Università degli Studi di Trento
Towards an Age of Synthesis (introductory lecture to debate)

Debate with all Participants
Aula Magna (ICAI)
6:45 - 7:15 PM Break    
7:15 - 7:45 PM Group Picture Front steps of Comillas
7:45 - 9:00 PM Plenary Session with Norbert Samuelson

Norbert Samuelson, Metanexus Senior Fellow
Light and Enlightenment

Aula Magna
9:00 PM Dinner on your own & Free time    

Wednesday, 16 July, 2008

9:00 - 10:45 AM Postmodern Metaphysics

André Ong, Bethel Theological Seminary West
The Possibility of a Post-Modern Metaphysics of the Human Person: The Thomistic-Phenomenology of Karol Wojtyta/Pope John Paul II

Joseph Andrew Bracken, Xavier University
Subjectivity, Objectivity, and Intersubjectivity: Toward a Post-Modern Metaphysics

Thomas B. Fowler, Xavier Zubiri Foundation of North America
Personal Causality and the Science/Religion Dialogue
Aula Magna

Self & Soul I

Peter Marinkovic, University of Munich
Holistic Concepts of the Soul in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Gregory N. Derry, Loyola College in Maryland
The Role of Self and Subject in H. Høffding's Approach to Knowledge and Being

Silvio Spiri, "Tor Vergata" University in Rome
The Soul-Body Problem in Rosmini's Psychology
Sala de Conferencias
  Integrating Self & Health

Martin Dowson, Australian College of Ministries
Stuart Devenish, Australian College of Ministries
Towards an Integrated and Integrating Model of the Self: Psychological and Phenomenological Perspectives

Patricia Helen Bennett, Oxford Brookes University
Towards a Neurotheology of Health: A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Personal Relatedness, Emergence and PNI Function

Paula S. Derry, Paula Derry Enterprises in Health Psychology
Preconditions for Transdisciplinary Health Sciences
Sala Gª Polavieja
10:45 - 11:15 AM Coffee Break  
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM Featured Session with Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and William Chittick

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Arizona State University
Jewish Notions of Personhood: Rabbinic, Philosophical, and Kabbalistic
William Chittick, SUNY Stony Brook
The Recovery of Human Nature
Aula Magna

  Featured Session - Soul and Free Will

Nancey Murphy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Nonreductive Physicalism and Free Will

Robert Kane, University of Texas at Austin
Free Will & Selfhood: New Directions for an Ancient Problem
Sala de Conferencias
1:00 - 3:15 PM Lunch A
Lunch B
3:15 - 5:00 PM Metaphysics of the Soul

Robert Anthony Delfino, St. John's University
Christian Physicalism and Personal Identity

Paul Joseph Flaman, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta
The Human Soul: A Catholic Theological Response to Non-Reductive Physicalism

Georg Gasser, Universität Innsbruck
Matthias Stefan, Universität Innsbruck
Daniel Wehinger, Universität Innsbruck
Subjects Experiencing the World
Aula Magna


Paul Jerome Croce, Stetson University
A Future-Oriented Teleology: Evolutionary Biology, Jamesian Philosophical Psychology, and Sufficient Design

Barak Morgan, University of Cape Town
Getting Scientific With Religion: A Darwinian Solution . . . Or Not?

Johannes Seidel, Hochschule für Philosophie München
Teilhard's Concept of Evolution
Sala de Conferencias
  Self & Soul II

Juan Fernando Sellés, Universidad de Navarra
Can the Human Person Reach Fulfillment Through the Self Alone?

Julio Moreno-Dávila, Universitá Pontificia Regina Apostolorum
Personhood, Logos, and Artificial Intelligence

Chryssi Sidiropoulou, Bogazici University
A Soul in Space and Time: What Kind of Unique Self?
Sala Gª Polavieja
5:00 - 6:45 PM Bioethics and the Person

Dirk Solies, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz
The Crisis of Personhood: Why We Need to Broaden Our View

Joseph Wang, Universität Innsbruck
'Person', 'Personal Property', and 'Personal Act': How to Use Philosophical Notions

Ronald Cole-Turner, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Technology and Eschatology: Scientific and Religious Perspectives on the Transformation of Human Nature

 Aula Magna


André Ong, Bethel Theological Seminary West
A Dialectical Anthropology of Concrete Totality: A Methodological Framework for Understanding the Unified Totality of the Human Person

Juan A. García González, University of Málaga
Juan José Padial Benticuaga, University of Málaga
The Transcendental Anthropology of Leonardo Polo: The Upper Dualities of Human Person

Edward Joseph Alam, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
Soul Reflections: Apes, Anthropology, and Aristotle
Sala de Conferencias
  Self & Soul III

John McSweeney, Diocese of Cork & Ross
The Singularity of Self in the Later Foucault: Reconsidering the End(s) of Poststructuralist Thought

Jonathan Weidenbaum, Berkeley College
You Have to Take It With You: The Embodied Nature of the Religious Self

Stefán Valdemar Snaevarr, Lillehammer University College
Self in Emotional Space
Sala Gª Polavieja
6:45 - 7:15 PM Break  
7:15 - 9:00 PM Plenary Session with Tariq Ramadan and Antje Jackelen
The Problem of European Identity

Tariq Ramadan, Faculty of Theology at Oxford
Antje Jackelen, Bishop of Lund, Sweden
The Problem of European Identity

William Grassie, Founder Metanexus Institute
 Aula Magna
9:00 PM Closing Banquet Hotel Husa Princessa

Thank you to all participants! We hope to see you again next year!

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