Call for papers




The Expanded Reason Congress seeks to bring together professors and researchers interested in the dialogue between particular sciences and philosophy or theology, and who work actively in that dialogue and want to share it. We understand this dialogue as that which establishes a specific science with the underlying questions of its method (anthropological, epistemological, ethical, of meaning).

This call for papers seeks to promote collaboration between teachers and researchers engaged in this important task.

Anthropological question

In the background of every science or subject that is taught there is, to a greater or lesser degree, an anthropology, implicit or explicit. This vision of man profoundly marks all the contents that are imparted or investigated. The issue concerning the anthropological question can be expressed as follows: what idea of man underlies what is taught or learned? An individualistic vision or a solidary one? Purely historical or open to transcendence? Genetically predetermined or capable of freedom? What kind of man is constructed with this knowledge? And what kind of society?

In this question, a philosophical and biblical anthropology has much to contribute in the dialogue of sciences with philosophy and theology.

Epistemological question

At the heart of every subject that is taught or researched lies a specific epistemology, made explicit or not. The epistemological question is expressed in a fundamental question: is what I teach true? What is the limit of my science and my method? This epistemology conditions the contents and methodologies, because it positions itself before the question of truth and the possibility of knowing it.

With this question, a renewed epistemological realism can make a definitive contribution of foundation and scope.

Ethical question

The question about the truth and about man refers to the question of how to act, both within the framework of scientific work and its technological applications and in the direction taken by the existence of each person. At the bottom of every subject there is an ethical question, explained to a greater or lesser extent. Ethics always points to the ends of the science being taught and of the technical, cultural, social or personal consequences that may derive from it.

Philosophical anthropology and biblical anthropology can make a decisive contribution to the ethical question.

A question of meaning

In every professor and student who forms the university community there exists a need for a sense of his or her university work. The sciences do not exist in themselves, they exist in the mind of every scientist and in the common good of the scientific community; they are of man and for man, they can astonish him, improve his life or harm him.

On the question of meaning, penultimate (philosophy) or ultimate (theology) issues have a significant place.

These four questions do not exhaust the questions of expanded reason. The aesthetic question and the theological question can also be considered, as they are clearly related to the question of ultimate meaning.

The questions that arise in relation to reality call for answers that go beyond scientific rationality and presuppose the need for a fruitful dialogue with philosophy and theology in order not to live on a self-sufficient reason or to isolate reason from the roots that give it meaning. 

We call a transdisciplinary approach or dialogue the one that not only takes into account the interdisciplinarity of the sciences among themselves, but also their relationship, to a greater or lesser degree, with philosophy and theology.



Submission of abstracts: July 15, 2019.
Abstracts must be between 1,500 and 2,500 words. They will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and only full papers from those that will received a favorable evaluation will be accepted. 

Scientific Committee Selection: July (between 20th-30th), 2019. If accepted, it will be contacted via email.

Submission of completed papers: Full papers are due by August 20, 2019.


– The title of the paper, the abstract and the key words must be presented in Spanish or English.

– The works must be written in 1.5 line spacing and without front and/or back spacing, in dinA4 sheet size, with margins of 3 centimeters in its top and bottom edge and 2.5 centimeters in its right and left edge, in Times New Roman font with 12 pt size characters, black ink and numbered pages in the center of the footer and from the first page.

– The notes should be grouped and presented at the end of the text, duly listed to facilitate their location. They will not count as text.

– The total size of the document to be presented in Rome may not exceed 8000 words (not including bibliography, tables or graphs, figures, etc.).

Documents must be made in Microsoft Word for Windows support on PC version 2000 or later, but never in pdf.

– The images will be in jpg or tiff format and like the charts and figures will be inserted in the text with a legend indicating that it is each of them.

–  For bibliographic references, the APA standards shall be used.



The Congress Scientific Committee will decide on the publication of the works. Articles will be selected by a rigorous anonymous peer review process to ensure their originality, relevance and suitability for the objectives of the call.

The proceedings of the Congress will be published in the Editorial UFV.



Communications should be sent via email to:


Papers can address any topic of imterest at a university, always based on the dialogue between a particular science and philosophy and/or theology. As an example, the following ideas are proposed with the intention of illuminating -not limitin – the call for papers:

  • Humanities in dialogue with the sciences at the university.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Medicine and artificial intelligence. Human Singularity and Technological Opportunities.
  • Does transhumanism represent a new ethical proposal for humans?
  • Can we talk about mystery in relation to science?
  • Nature and person.
  • The spiritual dimension of the person with human dimension in psychology
  • Women and men: equal but different? Biological, neuronal, psychological and religious perspective.
  • Are we more than our brains? Indetermination or biological determination.
  • When does human life begin? Perspectives of expanded reason
  • When does human life end? Perspectives of expanded reason
  • What makes man different from other animals?
  • Does neuroscience show that our decisions are predetermined?
  • What kind of impact does digital consumption have on human life?
  • Why do we suffer? Physical, psychic and spiritual pain
  • Love: chemical, emotional, spiritual reactions?
  • Why is religion a universal phenomenon? Biological, psychological and cultural perspectives.
  • Consciousness and freedom from biology.
  • Neuroscience and technology.