Get to know the winners of the 4th Edition of the Expanded Reason Awards


James Arthur, William Nordiling, Samuel Condic, Maureen Condic, Craig Titus and William Simpson
  • The award grants 100,000 euros divided into four prizes of 25,000 euros each for researchers and university teachers
  • The Expanded Reason Awards recognize those researchers and university professors who dialogue from their science with philosophy and/or theology.


  • An international jury met on 3 July. The residents of Madrid met in person and the rest joined through online means.


  • This year were given three prizes in the Research category and one in the Teaching category. The winners come from the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • The award ceremony has been postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.


Madrid, July 2020.  On Friday, July 3, 2020, the international jury of the 4th edition of the Expanded Reason Awards met to deliberate on the winners of the 4th edition of the Expanded Reason Awards.

The Jury, which took into account the challenge of establishing a dialogue of the particular sciences with philosophy and theology in line with the thought of Benedict XVI, awarded the following researchers and university professors:



  • A Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person: Integration of Psychology and Mental Health Practice by Paul C. Vitz, William J. Nordling, and Craig Steven Titus (Divine Mercy University).
  • Human Embryos, Human Beings. A Scientific and Philosophical Approach by Samuel B. Condic (University of St. Thomas, Houston) and Maureen L. Condic (University of Utah).
  • What’s the matter? Toward a neo-Aristotelian ontology of nature by William M. R. Simpson (University of Cambridge).




  • Teaching Character Virtues. A Neo-Aristotelian Approach by James A. Arthur. (University of Birmingham).


The jury is made up of: Dr. Daniel Sada (Rector of the University Francisco de Vitoria), Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, (President of the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI), Dr. Marta Bertolaso (Professor of Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Engineering and at the Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Practice, University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome), Dr. Rafael Vicuña (Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile), Dr. Stefano Zamagni (Professor of Political Economy at the University of Bologna), Fr. Paolo Benanti, TOR (Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University) and Fr. Javier Mª Prades (Professor of Systemic Theology at the San Dámaso University).

The award ceremony of the Expanded Reason Awards, which in previous years has been held at the Vatican and Madrid, has been postponed pending the evolution of conditions relative to Covid-19.

The Awards, together with the recognition of researchers and professors, aim to create an Expanded Reason Community that can be a meeting place for all those who wish to research according to the intuition of Benedict XVI to broaden the horizons of reason. 

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Contact: Paula Martínez del Mazo


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