Christian Philosophy: Its Past, Present and Future (2020)
The Institute of Philosophy of Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow organized an international conference dedicated to the problems of Christian Philosophy entitled: Christian Philosophy: its Past, Present and Future.
It took place in Kraków, Poland on September 22–24, 2020.
The conference was addressed to the representatives of Christian Philosophy, and researchers who are inspired by it. Two thousand years ago, when Christianity encountered Greek and Roman philosophy, Christian thought was born. This encounter, as John Paul II noticed (Fides et ratio, IV.38), was “neither straight-forward nor immediate”. It was also based on the presupposition that synthesis of faith and reason is not only possible, more so, necessary. Many contemporary thinkers, even if they do not declare themselves as Christians or religious believers, who examine philosophical problems and search for the truth, seem to be open to this mystery, which is experienced by faith.
Main problems and questions worth considering:
What is a Christian Philosophy?
Methods of practicing Christian Philosophy
Faith & Reason – how this relationship was understood throughout the ages and how should we understand it today?
Interaction of Christian Philosophy with different paradigms of philosophy and religions
Great Christian Philosophers
Can Christianity provide a creative inspiration to solve the problems of philosophy?
In our University we develop Christian Philosophy since 1867—so we participate in a long and rich tradition of reflection in the Christian context. We would like to continue and develop this tradition together with the philosophers from all over the world. During the conference, we presented the results of our four-year research project, funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and called “Polish Christian philosophy in the twentieth century.” (https://pchph.ignatianum.edu.pl/en/) The majority of the researchers engaged in this project were also present.