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The Open Reason Institute is created at the Francisco de Vitoria University (hereinafter, UFV) as its own center (according to the provisions of articles 8.1.k and 10.h of the UFV’s Rules of Organization and Operation), for reflection , study, discussion and dissemination of research and teaching programs that, from the various particular sciences, pose fundamental questions and seek answers based on open reason, always at the service of the truth, of the person and of the Christian transformation of society. We understand by open reason, following Benedict XVI, that which seeks to truly know what surrounds it, encompassing all aspects of reality from a harmonious synthesis of knowledge that integrates theology and philosophy. The Institute aims to promote a university open to knowledge of reality and free from ideological restrictions, both the reductionism of instrumental reason and a humanism disconnected from reality and scientific research. It is based on the same conviction that gave rise to European universities: the conviction that faith and reason are destined to cooperate in the search for truth, each respecting the nature and legitimate autonomy of the other, but working together harmoniously and creatively at the service of the fulfillment of the human person and the common good in truth and love.

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The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation aims to promote the study of theology and the theologycultural dialogue in today’s society. To this end, it has a program of scholarships for the completion of doctorates in theology and carries out the organization of Congresses of high cultural and scientific value in collaboration with various universities in the world. Among the awards it celebrates is the Ratzinger Prize, which recognizes the work of those men and women – Catholic or not – who with their life of study put themselves totally at the service of the Gospel, making it understandable to their contemporaries.

Together with the University Francisco de Vitoria, it also promotes the Expanded Reason Awards, which recognize the efforts of professors and researchers to broaden the horizons of rationality, based on the dialogue of sciences and disciplines with Philosophy and Theology.


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