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

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.” ( The majority of the researchers engaged in this project were also present.


All conference talks with YouTube links:

Jean Gové, University of St Andrews Extended Mind. Extended Self? Extended Soul?!

Jacek Surzyn, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow
Faith and Reason. Reflections on Anselm of Canterbury’s “Unum Argumentum”

Anna Varga-Jani, Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest Husserlian Transcendental Idealism and the Question concerning Being. An Original Linkage between Phenomenology and Theology

Jakub Pruś, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow 
St. Ignatius’s Presupponendum as Christian Extension of the Principle of Charity in Argumentation Theory 

Kingsley Mbamara Sabastine, Catholic University of Lublin
Methods of Practicing Christian Philosophy with Specific Reference to Stanislaw Kaminski

Marek Urban, Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow The Philosophy of History of Konstanty Michalski and the Challenges of Today

Artur Andrzejuk, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw A Consistent Thomism by Mieczysław Gogacz

Jarosław Jagiełło, Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow Józef Tischner’s Metaphysical Anthropology (paper read by Piotr Mazur)

Paweł Skrzydlewski, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Chełmie The Role of Latin Civilization in the Development of the Human Person

Keynote Lecture: Alexander Pruss, Baylor University — God and Beauty

Dariusz Dańkowski, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow Discerned Justice and Discursive Justice in Dialogue

Parker Haratine, University of St. Andrews
Augustine’s Theory of Illumination: A Case Study of Faith and Reason

Evelina Deyneka, University Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis
Defining Human Consciousness through the Concept of “Oneself as Another”: From the History of Christian Thought to the Contemporary Philosophy of Mind

Anthony W. Bartlett, Bethany Center for Nonviolent Theology and Spirituality Dynamic Contemporary Replacement for Traditional Christian Concept “Soul”: Relatio aliter quam esse

Francisco Eduardo Plaza, University of St. Thomas Christian Philosophy as an Existential Habitus

Piotr Duchliński, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow Critical Rationalism and Christian Philosophy

Adam Świeżyński, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw Kazimierz Kłósak’s Understanding of Relations between Theology and the Natural Sciences

Jolanta Koszteyn (& Józef Bremer), Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow The Philosophical Thought of Piotr Lenartowicz

Adam Świeżyński, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw Kazimierz Kloskowski’s Concept of Philosophy of Nature

Jacek Grzybowski, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
God or sacrum? Zofia J. Zdybicka contribution to the discussion about the contemporary meaning of religion

Keynote Lecture: John Hittinger, University of St. Thomas —Ask, Seek, Knock: An Augustinian Motif for Christian Philosophy

Anna Zhyrkova, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow 
Can We Predicate of and Speak about God, and What are the Rules for Doing So? On the Epistemological and Logical Premises of Conciliar Trinitarianism

Joshua Cedric A. Gundayao, University of the Philippines Diliman
De Triplicia Via: Revisiting St. Bonaventure’s Rectification of the Will in the Modern World

Marcin Podbielski, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow
Trusting the Words, Trusting the Truth: How Theology Created the First Christian Philosophy

Silvia Parigi, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici
Jesuits and Action at a Distance: Athanasius Kircher’s Universal Magnetism

Wojciech Szczerba, Evangelical School of Theology, Wrocław & Von Hügel Institute at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge 
The Concept of Universal Salvation in the Thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher

Piotr Mazur, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow Christian Philosophy – Its Struggles and Challenges

Ryszard Moń, Collegium Joanneum
The Experience of a Person as a Starting Point in the Search for Truth and Good. Philosophy of Tadeusz Styczeń

Andrzej Kobyliński, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
Józef Maria Bocheński vs. Tadeusz Ślipko. A Critical Analysis of Marxism and Communism from the Perspective of Christian Philosophy on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain

Ewa Podrez, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw Christian Ethics and its Relation to Culture. Reflections on the Existence of a Values

Maciej Bała, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
From a Foundation to a Phenomenon or from a Phenomenon to a Foundation? Two Polish Schools of Philosophy

Anthony Chukwuebuka Ohaekwusi, Catholic University of Lublin Religion and Counterterrorism: Any Lessons from Christian Philosophy of Nonviolence?

Daniel Spencer, University of St Andrews Mysticism and Philosophical Analysis: Some Christian Strategies

James D. Capehart
Étienne Gilson and Three Stages of His Christian Philosophy

Bálint Békefi, King’s Evangelical Divinity School, University of Chester Knowledge and the Fall in American Neo-Calvinism: Toward a Van Til–Plantinga Synthesis

Grzegorz Hołub, Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow Validity of Karol Wojtyła’s Philosophy Today

Enrico Cerasi, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University George Lindbeck and Post-Liberal Theology

Alex R Gillham, St. Bonaventure University Epicurean Ethics, Completeness, and the Problem of Creation [no YouTube link]

Tommaso Manzon, University of Trento
On the Concept of Sapientiae Christianae in St. Bonaventure: the Itinerarium Mentis in Deum as a Framework for a Christian Approach to Human Knowledge

Keynote Lecture: Ted Peters, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley —
Natural Science in Public Christian Philosophy and Public Systematic Theology

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