Science, Theology, and Humane Philosophy

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Participants are invited for a thought-provoking discussion of the intersection of science, theology, and humane philosophy, at an event that also marks the culmination in Oxford of a five-year project devoted to new horizons in Central and Eastern Europe.

The event will include a valedictory lecture by Andrew Pinsent, on the subject "Does Humane Philosophy Need Grace?" at 11:15 on 9 May, marking the conclusion of Dr Pinsent's enormously successful decade as Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford. Other participants will include: , Tatiana Barkowskiy, John Cottingham, Arlyn Culwick, Daniel de Hann, Mark Harris, Samuel Hughes, Alister McGrath, Andrew Pinsent, William Simpson, Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode, Nick Waghorn, and Ralph Weir.

The event will take place at St Cross College, Oxford. Light refreshments will be provided.

Places are free but limited and registration is required.


Conference Programme:

Wednesday May 8th 

West Wing Lecture Theatre, St Cross College, 61 St Giles


10:30 – 10:45 Coffee

Keynote Address

10:45 – 11:45 Alister McGrath (University of Oxford)

Andrew Pinsent: An Appreciation.

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee

Joint Session

‘New Horizons For Science and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe’

 Regional insights from project organisers

12:00 – 12:15 Samuel Hughes (University of Oxford)

12:15 – 12:30 Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode (University of Oxford, University of Warsaw)

12:30 – 12:45 Marija Selak (University of Zagreb)

12:45 – 13:00 Ralph Weir (University of Oxford, University of Lincoln)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Short Papers

14:00 – 14:30 Daniel de Hann (University of Oxford)

Why Aquinas’s Anthropology Needs the Second-Person.

14:30 – 15:00 Nicholas Waghorn (University of Oxford)

Faith and Eternity.

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee

Keynote Address

15:15 – 16:15 John Cottingham (University of Oxford)

The cosmic and the human dimensions of religious belief.

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee

Keynote Address (remote)

16:30 – 17:30 Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis University)

A Thomistic Approach to Accountability.

17:30 – 18:00 Relocate to common room for drinks reception

Drinks Reception

18:00 – 18:15 William Simpson (University of Texas at Austin / University of Cambridge)

Selection of readings from Tolkien and Andersen.

Thursday May 9th

West Wing Lecture Theatre, St Cross College, 61 St Giles

09:45 – 10:00 Coffee

Short Papers

10:00 – 10:30 Arlyn Culwick (Independent Researcher)

Graphically Mapping the Relations of the Virtues-Gifts-Fruits-Beatitudes Labyrinth.

10:30 – 11:00 Tatiana Barkovskiy (University of Cambridge)

Authorship and Audience of Medieval Beguines: A Didactic Philosophy.

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee

Keynote Address

11:15 – 12:15 Andrew Pinsent (University of Oxford)

Does Humane Philosophy Need Grace?

12:15 – 12:30 Coffee


12:30 – 13:30 Mark Harris (University of Oxford)

 Homily on the Ascension.

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch

Meeting End