Archbishop Gerard Müller in the Conclusión of the Fifth World Congress of Metaphysics

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20121110 Photos_2“From the experience of the world toward the knowledge of God” was the conference of Archbishop Gerard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, delivered on Saturday, November 10th, the final day of the Fifth World Congress of Metaphysics 2012, organized by the Idente Foundation for Study and Research. 

The Congress, inaugurated on Thursday, November 8th, by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, was the scene of intense intellectual exchange among specialists from 29 nations, representing as well a wide array of disciplines, from which they addressed the field of Metaphysics.

On November 9th, Friday evening, the metaphysical reflection found a privileged aesthetic expression in artistic representation entitled “Legends of Love.” Paolo Baiocco, Italian director presented in honor of Fernando Riel a unique harmony of the poet’s words and the most beautiful arias of international lyrical repertory, interpreted by the soprano María Papaioannou and pianist Elina Savvidou. The Embassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Italy, Leonidas S. Markides, was present among the honored guests.

The final day of the Congress consisted of the round-table discussion on “Metaphysics and Theology” presided by Msgr. Gerard Müller, with participants Angel Galindo Garcia, Rector of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Jose Maria Lopez, Idente Foundation for Study and Research, Hunter Brown, Professor of King’s University College, Nicholas Capaldi, Professor of Loyola University of New Orleans, and Manuel del Campo, Professor of Theology in the University of San Damaso of Madrid.

20121110 Photos_1In his conference, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, underscored the metaphysical foundations of the Christian vision of world and of the human being. He explained how the human being, beginning with the experience of the real world, aspires and can attain knowledge of God as origin and destiny of all finite being. Only in light of this “transcendental orientation,” archbishop Müller affirmed, do human beings recognize themselves as persons. He said that the metaphysical and real character of knowledge is possible only because human beings, “constituted in their own intentionality by the unworldly absolute of God,” “are not able to renounce the sense mediation with its material and sociological context, that sustains the material conditions of their existence.” He emphasized that the condition for making possible a true dialogue between natural theology and human reason, is a metaphysics of the real, in light of the supernatural revelation of God in Christ.

The Congress ended in the afternoon with the conference given by Professor Ricardo Piñero, Dean of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, with the theme “Philosophical Aesthetics and Genetic Metaphysics: The Beauty of Truth, the Challenge of Love.” Finally, Fr. Jesús Fernández Hernández, President of the World Congress of Metaphysics and President of the Idente Foundation for Study and Research, thanked all those present for contributing with the fruit of their intellectual labors, inviting all to continue their efforts insistently searching for the ultimate grounding of all science.

The participants – among whom were Msgr. Melchor Sanchez, Subsecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Winfred Rohr, of the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Juana Sánchez Gey-Venegas, of the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Dominic Balestra, of Fordham University – expressed their happiness for having been able to form part of the fifth edition of the international forum of dialogue.  It has been a space of mutual enrichment, on the human level as well as the spiritual level, in the search for the ultimate foundation of all the sciences. 


The Fifth World Congress of Metaphysics 2012 Inaugurated

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20121108 Photos_Metaphysics_2The Fifth World Congress of Metaphysics, organized by the Idente Foundation for Study and Research, began on November 8th in Rome, with the greeting by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Honorary President of the Congress. In its fifth edition, 150 thinkers from 29 nations are participating in this Congress which, along the years, has become an international forum of dialogue: exponents of a wide array of academic disciplines share their findings for mutual enrichment, both humanly and intellectually, in search of the ultimate grounding of their respective sciences. The Prefect for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Most Rev. Msgr. Gerhard Müller will also give a master conference on Saturday morning, November 10th.

20121108 Photos_Metaphysics_1Cardinal Grocholewski greeted the Congress participants on behalf of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. He underscored the importance of metaphysics, stating that without it, "philosophy, religion, and even the great ideals that could change history, would not exist at all." He invited all the participants to pay attention so as not to "over-esteem 'having', thus casting a shadow on 'being'," stating that it would be tragic "to allow oneself to be overcome by the pleasure of making discoveries without maintaining the criteria that come from a deeper vision." His Eminence highlighted the importance of the Congress as the space for dialogue between faith and reason, during this Year of Faith which H.H. Benedict XVI inaugurated this past October 11th. Before finishing his address, the Cardinal expressed his best wishes for this Congress, emphasizing the contribution of Fernando Rielo in the field of Metaphysics as "fruit of his prayerful intelligence open to inspiration, to the Gospel and to the Magisterium of the Church."

In his opening words, Fr. Jesús Fernández Hernández, the President of the Congress, praised Metaphysics, defining it as "supreme science, grounding science" that puts all the other sciences and philosophies in their proper place, and "opens them to vast horizons" in this historical epoch that "is characterized precisely by a lack of matephysical vision." He proposed that, as a therapy for this metaphysical blindness, human beings adjust their vision to the "Genetic Conception of the Principle of Relation": an empowering metaphysics that is inclusive, dialogical and committing" exactly as affirmed by Fernando Rielo, who began the World Congress of Metaphysics in the millennial year 2000.

Some of the papers to be presented by the Congress participants focus on "Neuro-Rationality in Metaphysical Perspective," Confucianism and Taoism: Two Visions of the World," "Neurosis: from a Clinical Perspective to a Metaphysical Vision," "The Dynamic Structure of Peace and Unity in Diversity," "The Genetic Concept of Politics." They place Metaphysics in relation with concrete fields of thought and human action, such as: the economy, mysticism, health, education, ethics, politics, and art, among others. The Congress will come to a close on Saturday, November 10th, with Pontificcal University of Salamanca's Professor Ricardo Piñero who will deliver his conference on "Philosophical Esthetics and Genetic Metaphysics: The Beauty of Truth, the Challenge of Love."

The Idente Foundation for Study and Research is dedicated to higher education as an instrument for the formation and realization of the person. For the Foundation, the Congress of Metaphysics is a means to explore the ways in which Metaphysics may be considered as necessary ground that gives unity, direction and meaning to all science.

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Please Note

Deadline for presenting final versions of papers for publication: Friday, December 14, 2012


Post-Conference Seminar


We have proposed a post-Conference Seminar, November 12-14, entitled The Renewal of Metaphysical and Mystical Perspectives: Social, Cultural, and Scientific Implications.

This Seminar will be especially devoted to the relevance of Fernando Rielo’s work for contemporary thought. These sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the afternoons will be left free. There is a registration fee of €100 for the Seminar. Please let us know if you are interested in attending. Click here to contact us.



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Abstracts must be sent no later than October 12, 2012, and the final texts of presentations must be submitted by December 14, 2012.

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Conference President

Jesús Fernández Hernández

Honorary President

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski

Vice Presidents

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Mª del Carmen García Viyuela

José María López Sevillano


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David Murray

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(in alphabetical order)

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Dominic Balestra

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