Expanded Reason Congress

"The human being in contemporary science"

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The V Expanded Reason Congress ” The human being in contemporary science” has a double intention: on the one hand we want to present some of the best works and researchers of our time, several of them winners of the last editions of the Expanded Reason Awards. They will show us the path that biology, biotechnology, physics, ecology, neuroscience, education, etc., are following to make science more human. On the other hand, we will try to deepen in a look at reality that places science on the path of respect and service to man and the world.

In short, we will ask ourselves, with the help of experts, what are the challenges, opportunities and difficulties presented by the different fields of contemporary science in relation to the dignity of the person and the care of their environment, aware that scientific advances will be fruitful as long as they are at the service of the growth and development of human beings and the societies and communities in which they live.

Dates: May 23 and 24, 2022

Location: Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid, Spain)

Modality: On-site attendance

Registration fee: 55 euros


MAY 23rd

MAY 24th

9:00 Accreditation

9:15 Accreditation

9:45 Welcoming
María Lacalle Noriega. Head of the Expanded Reason Instituto.

10:00 Round table
Education: A Path to Meaning

John Slattery, Jennifer Wiseman and Curtis Baxter | Members of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and winner of the 5th edition of the Expanded Reason Awards with Science for Seminaries.

James Arthur | Professor of Education, founding director of the Jubilee Centre for Character at the University of Birmingham and winner of the 4th edition of the Expanded Reason Awards with Teaching Character Virtues – A Neo-Aristotelian Approach.

Verónica Fernández | Responsible for the international area of Regnum Christi educational centers and professor in the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University Francisco de Vitoria.

Moderator: Antonio Sastre.

12:00 Coffee Break

12:30 Papers

14:00 Lunch

16:00 Round table
The wonder of the world through quantum physics and ecology.

Michael Taylor | Founding member of the Laudato Si’ International Institute of Granada and former adjunct professor at the Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy (Archdiocese of Granada, Spain). Visiting Professor at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH. Taylor holds degrees in Philosophy, Bioethics, Biology and Environmental Studies. Winner of the 5th Expanded Reason Awards with The foundations of nature: metaphysics of gift for an integral ecological ethic.

Javier Sánchez Cañizares | Professor at the University of Navarra. Researcher in the Group “Mind-brain: biology and subjectivity in contemporary Philosophy and Neuroscience” of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS). Member of the Group “Science, Reason and Faith” (CRYF) and winner of the 2nd edition of the Expanded Reason Awards with Singular Universe.

Moderator: Álvaro García-Tejedor.

17:45 Book presentation

– Paul Vitz
Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person.

– Marueen Condic
Human Embryos. Human Beings.

10: 00 Round table
Are we physically and psychologically determined? Neuroscience and psychology in dialogue

Paul Vitz | Senior Scholar, Professor at Divine Mercy University’s Institute of Psychological Sciences and winner of the 4th Expanded Reason Awards with Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person: Integration of Psychology and Mental Health Practice.

Therese Lysaught | Professor of Moral Theology and Healthcare at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Healthcare Leadership at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and winner (along with her colleagues) of the 5th edition of the Expanded Reason Awards with Biopolitics after neuroscience: morality and the economy of virtue.

Clara Molinero | Director of the Psychology degree at the University Francisco de Vitoria. Director of the Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology. 

PhD in Psychology from the University of Granada. Master in Methodology of Behavioral Sciences and Health by the UNED. Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Homologated Degree in Spain. Baccalaureatta in Philosophy from the Urbaniana University of Rome.

Moderator: Tasio Pérez. 

12:00 Coffee Break

12:30 Papers

14:00 Lunch

16:00 Round table
Biology and biotechnology at the service of the human question

Maureen Condic | Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and winner (along with her Samuel Condic) of the 4th Expanded Reason Awards with Human Embryos. Human Beings. A Scientific and Philosophical Approach. 

Carter Snead | Professor of Law and Director of the Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame and winner of the 5th Expanded Reason Awards with What it means to be human: the case for the body in public bioethics.

Luis Miguel Pastor | Chair of Cell Biology, coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Bioethics at the University of Murcia, editor of the journal Cuadernos de Bioética and president of the Spanish Association of Bioethics and Medical Ethics (AEBI). 

Moderator: Javier Galán.

18:15 Expanded Reason Awards Ceremony (VI and V Edition).