Presentation of the Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics

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The first five Metaphysics Conferences, held every three years, took place in Rome (2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012). This year, 2015, which is also the Jubilee Year of St. Theresa of Avila, the Conference will be hosted by the Fernando Rielo Chair at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, not far from the city of this great saint.

Pope Francis, in opening the Jubilee, stated,

“The mystical experience of St. Theresa did not separate her from the world or human concerns. On the contrary, it gave her new energy and boldness for action and everyday duties, for ‘the Lord is present among pots and pans,’ too (Fundaciones 5,8). She lived through the hardships of her time—which was so complicated—without yielding to the temptation to complain bitterly, but, rather, accepting them in faith as an opportunity to take another step along the way…. The Saint would sometimes shorten her delightful letters by saying, ‘We are on the road’ (Letter 469,7.9), as a way of expressing the urgency of continuing a task she had begun until the end. When the world is burning, one cannot waste time on affairs of little importance. If only this holy rush to go out and travel the roads of our own time, with the Gospel in one’s hand and the Spirit in one’s heart could be contagious for everyone!”


The Spirit of the World Conferences on Metaphysics

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Now, more than ever, human reflection needs unifying responses which can contribute to alleviating the problems besetting humanity in our time and healing the painful cultural, religious, social, and political divisions which have marked modern history. Science, together with technology, cannot exhaust the field of culture by itself. Economy alone is not a sufficient basis for community life. Not even the religious dimension can claim complete autonomy, a self-sufficiency in thought which leads along the pathways of integralism and fanaticism, which in the end are destructive.


Major Topics for the Sixth Conference on Metaphysics

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1) Metaphysics and Mystical Theology.  The complementarity of the two disciplines, the need for a metaphysical model, mystical experience, potential for creativity and integration.

2) Metaphysics and Knowledge.  Communication, epistemology, the limits of knowledge, knowledge and science.

3) Metaphysics and AestheticsThe arts, literature, sports, cinema.

4) Metaphysics and Experiential SciencesPedagogy, psychoethics, economics, political science, sociology, history.

5) Metaphysics and Experimental and Formal SciencesPhysics, biology, neurology, mathematics, logic.