Activities

The ROR has promoted different activities that fall, from a more diverse perspective, in its field of research. Some information along with a brief description can be found below.

  • Patristic Seminar 2016
  • April 8th and 9th of 2016, the ROR organized at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross a Patristic Seminar open to doctoral and junior scholars. The theme of the meeting was the relationship between the Fathers of the Church with philosophy. The vast field of investigation was explored by Mark Edwards (Christ Church, Oxford) who guided the forty professors and students present through the analysis of the most meaningful texts of Gregory of Nyssa for understanding the latter’s use of the Aristotelian term Hypokeimenon, highlighting the difference with respect to Hypostasis, whose semantic value is much better defined. This has revealed the liberty of the Cappadocian Father in appealing to classical metaphysics. The following day Matyáš Havrda (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague) led the audience on a journey through Clement of Alexandria's project of Christian philosophy. The discussion on the role of philosophy as regards faith stimulated an interesting debate in which professors of other Roman universities also took part. The meeting gave an opportunity for bringing together a group of scholars who are working together on a publication concerning the analyzed theme.
  • Expert Meeting 2015
  • On November 26th and 27th 2015 an Expert Meeting dedicated to “The Relational Paradigm as an Interface between the Theological, Philosophical, and Social Sciences” took place at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. This is an interdisciplinary meeting of experts coming from the field of relational sociology, inspired by the work of Pierpaolo Donati (University of Bologna), as well as theologians and philosophers who are sensitive to the need for an authentic dialogue of their disciplines with the data and reflection offered by the social sciences. Two days of intense work resulted in an interesting convergence on the relational paradigm in order to overcome post-modern fragmentation and to respond to the challenges that the current reality poses to thought. On the approach of Donati, see this useful video (Italian) e (English).