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International Workshop

"Sciences, Philosophy and Theology: At the Search of a Worldview"
La Plata, Argentina, August 20, 21 and 22, 2003

Santa Ana" Foundation from La Plata City (Argentina) and the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Mexico) are jointly organizing an International Workshop to think, analyze and discuss on the topic "Sciences, Philosophy and Theology: At the Search of a Worldview".This event will take place at La Plata "Teatro Argentino" August 20 & 21, 2003, with some additional meetings and tours on Friday 22. It is supported and under the aegis of La Plata Archdiocese, the National University of La Plata (UNLP), the Catholic University of La Plata, (UCALP), the Municipality of La Plata, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences of Berkeley (USA) and other foreign and Argentine public and private institutions.



" Objectives:
" To encourage the dialogue among specialists of the three wide areas of human thinking: science, philosophy and religion.
" To enable the meeting of complementary intellectual disciplines to work for an integrated worldview of the human world and the Universe ("cosmovision" or "weltamschaung", thus overcoming a fragmented vision of our reality.
" To promote a reciprocal understanding of people of different religious credos and non-believers who are working on these areas of knowledge.

" Participants: professionals, teachers, and researches who work in the areas of sciences, philosophy and theology; students of any of these disciplines; and in general all of those interested in these topics. From the theological point of view, the invitation is open to different credos and non-believers who highly value the dialogue with the religious world through its reflective dimension: Theology.

" Organization: The Workshop will consist of lectures given by specialists of the aforementioned fields of sciences, philosophy and theology, highlighting their specificity and the possibilities of interchanging their own achievements. People attending the Workshop may ask questions or make comments to be considered by lecturers. Likewise, a morning session will be devoted to present and discuss the papers submitted by teachers or researchers on any of the mentioned areas, which will be organized according to their themes.

" Organizing Institutions:
" "Santa Ana" Foundation is an institution dedicated to the dialogue between faith and culture. It was founded in La Plata City in 1995 by Mons. Juan Carlos Ruta and it has a long experience in the organization of conferences, panels and lectures and in the publication of several cultural and theological subjects. Its activities have mainly been carried out in the said city.
" This Workshop is co-organized with the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). It is a private University of the City of Puebla (Mexico). In 2002, it organized the first "Workshop on Science and Religion" of CTNS in Spanish, entitled "Science and Religion: Towards a New Culture of Collaboration" (see and It was supported by the "Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences" of the "Graduate Theological Union" from Berkeley (CTNS, California, USA) and received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

These Institutions are also supporting, besides the Argentine organizations, the Workshop to be held in La Plata. Its Organizing Committee, chaired by Dr. Lucio Florio, is in charge of the schedule and realization of this event, and is made up of five working Boards (Academic, Logistic, Institutional Relations, Communication and Finance) and a General Secretary. .


(First Session)
9.00 - 10.00 Accreditation
10.00 -10.30 Opening Ceremony
10.30 -13.00 Lectures on the topic:

1. "History of the relationship between Philosophy, Sciences and Theology", Celina Lértora (Ph.D., UCA Rosario and CONICET).
2. "The False Conflict between Religion and Science", Angel Plastino (Physics Doctor, UNLP and CONICET).
3. "Theology and Science", Mons. Juan Carlos Ruta (President of "Santa Ana" Foundation; emeritus Director of Instituto de Teología de La Plata).

13.00 - 14.00 Break
14.00 - 18.00 Lectures on the topic:

1. "A Personal Experience as Scientist and Believer", Mario Garavaglia (Physics Doctor, National University of La Plata, CONICET, "Galileo Galilei" Award).
2. "The Rationality and Reasoning in Philosophy: meeting with the contemporary scientific cosmology", Guillermo Hansen (United Lutheran Church, Theology Doctor, Professor of Systematic Theology in Instituto Superior de Enseñanza Teológica).
3. "Science and Faith Relationship according to Teilhard de Chardin's model", Prof. Dr. Ludovico Galleni (Professor on Zoology at the University of Pisa, Italy, and Council member of European Society for the Study of Science and Theology).
4. "The Use of Reason in Philosophy", Julio Raúl Méndez (Priest and Doctor in Philosophy, Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino and Universidad Católica de Salta).

18.30 - 20.30 Concert

(Second Session)
13.00 -14.00 Break
14.00 - 18.00 Lectures on the topic:

1. "Theology and Sciences. Lines of convergence in History", Peter Hess (PH.D, Berkeley, USA: Adjunct Faculty Member, Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California. Member steering committee of the Local Societies Initiative, Metanexus Institute, Philadelphia).
2. "Philosophical and Theological Perspectives of the Big Bang Theory", Juan C. Bolzán (Chemistry Doctor, Senior Researcher of CONICET, UNLP).
3. "Final Destiny of the Universe. Physics, Philosophy and Theology", Juan José Sanguinetti (PH.D., Catholic Roman Priest, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Facultad de Filosofía at the Pontificia Universidad de la Santa Cruz, Rome).
4. "The Integration of Knowledge. Points Overhead", Claudio Mayeregger (Professor, UCALP, "San José" Seminary).

18.30 - 20.00 Final Panel
(Rafael Vicuña, Chemistry Doctor, Universidad Católica de Santiago de Chile, Pontificia Academia de las Ciencias; Ludovico Galleni, Pisa University, Italy; Juan José Sanguinetti, Pontificia Universidad de la Santa Croce, Rome).

20.00 - 20.30 Closing Ceremony
21.30 Farewell Dinner

Note: the details between parenthesis ( ) following the names of lecturers state the institutions to which they belong and their role/ function.

(Third Session) -optional-
In the morning Guided Tours to the Natural Sciences Museum, the Astronomic Observatory of La Plata University and La Plata Cathedral.
In the afternoon Possible complementary working meetings related to the objective of the Workshop.

" Following days (as from Saturday 23): Guided tours will be suggested to the participants.


" Teachers and researchers are invited to participate in the Workshop by previously submitting papers whose subject should be related to its objective. The accepted ones will be orally presented on Thursday, August 21, in the morning (see schedule), thematically gathered in two or more parallel meetings.

" The topics to be dealt with are free within the general objective of the Workshop and the specialty field of the author, on condition that:
a) they express an original view;
b) transcend the speaker's own specialty opening to other fields in the interdisciplinary spirit that gives life to this Workshop. Accordingly, any scientific, philosophical and religious subject can be considered with epistemological accuracy though with the intention of being interchanged with other areas of knowledge.

" The Academic Board will examine the papers and is entitled to accept them or not to be delivered or read in the morning session of Thursday 21 (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) considering whether they comply with the Workshop objectives and fulfil the required formalities. Moreover, the Board will select some of them to be published in the Proceedings, in a CD, in the book of this Workshop or in an specialized journal to be selected.

" Papers should be structured and submitted as follows:

1. Title of Workshop.
2. Title of Paper.
3. Author's full name, academic degree, place of work (University, College, Institute, etc.) address, fax and mail of the Institution.
4. Abstract (no more than one page).
5. Maximum length: 8 pages.
6. Page format: A4, 2.5-cm margins, double leading, Font:: Arial 12.
7. References should be included in footnotes.
8. Bibliography should only include those texts referred to in the paper.
9. The paper should be submitted as follows: a) the abstract together with the author's information: within a diskette or by e-mail by June 6; b) if accepted, the full text should be sent also in a diskette or by e-mail by July 21.

Papers should be sent to the Organizing Committee. E- Mail:
The Academic Board will evaluate the papers and by June 30 will notify the acceptance to its author, who -together with the documents described in 9.b) above- should state whether he will personally present the paper during the Workshop or will appoint someone else to read it. Then, the said Committee will determine which papers will be published..


The dialogue between science and religion has been evolving in the last decades, after a long time of a controversial relationship. As an example of this new perspective, it is worth mentioning some institutions exclusively dedicated to this topic and several recently organized conferences on a particular subject of shared interest of both fields:

1. Associations and institutions:

a) The "European Society for the Study of Science and Theology" (ESSSAT) is an association made up of scientists and theology doctors which organizes biennial meetings on a particular topic (see
b) The "Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences" (CTNS) from Berkeley (USA) has been working since 1981 on researches and publications on the relationship between the scientific and religious worlds. (see
c) "Metanexus" is an institution with headquarters in Philadelphia (USA), which gives virtual support (forums, web pages, information about conferences, etc.) to the works carried out on this interdisciplinary field (see
d) The "Centro de Estudios de Ciencia y Religión" (CECIR) (in English "Center for Studies on Science and Religion") of the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP, Mexico) works with CTNS, promoting this issue in the Latin-American world (see

2. Recent Meetings:

a) At the beginning of 2002, UPAEP organized in Puebla (Mexico) the first "Workshop on Science and Religion" of CTNS in Spanish, entitled "Science and Religion: Towards a New Culture of Collaboration". Scientists of different areas (physics, biochemistry, etc.) and philosophers and theology doctors from Latin-American, Spanish and -fewer- American universities participated in it.
b) ESSSAT organized in Nimega (Holland) on March 19 - 24, 2002, its biennial meeting, to discuss in this case the topic: "Creating Techno Sapiens? Values and Ethical Issues in Theology, Science and Technology". Its objective was to reflect on the challenges proposed by the present state of human development -with the collaboration of scientific disciplines and philosophical and theological reasoning, within an ecumenical framework-. The next ESSSAT meeting will take place in Barcelona, in 2004. (see
c) A conference on the topic: "Evolution. Crossroads of Science, Philosophy and Theology", organized by the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, was held in Rome (Italy) on April 23 - 24, 2002. It consisted of fourteen lectures: half of them were delivered by scientists of the American and French Scientific Academies; the remaining seven were given by science philosophers and Catholic theology doctors.


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