Symposium / Colloque

Science, Religion, and Philosophy / Philosophie, religions, sciences

A symposium sponsored by Canadian Jacques Maritain Association
Un colloque international co-parainé par l'association canadienne Jacques Maritain
in association with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities /
en collaboration avec le Congrès des sciences sociales et humaines
and with the support of / grâce à une subvention
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada / du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
the Royal Netherlands Embassy / de l'Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas à Ottawa
the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

May 26-27 2002 mai 26-27
University of Toronto / Université de Toronto

Room / Locale
Cartwright Hall (in St. Hilda’s College Building), Trinity College

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Tentative programme:
Sunday/dimanche, May 26 mai, 9.30-12.30

History and Contexts in Science and Religion

Introduction to the Theme and Commentary:
Rajesh Chandra Shukla, University of Ottawa

Hannah Gay, History, Simon Fraser University and Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, Imperial College, University of London.

The Scientists' Declaration Revisited: Youth, Religion and Science in mid-Victorian Britain Ludovico Galleni, Science, Università di Pisa A Model of Interaction Between Science and Theology from the Scientific Papers of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Richard Feist, Philosophy, University of Ottawa Squaring the Cosmic Books: Whitehead’s Synthesis of God and Relativity Theory
Lundi/Monday, May 27 mai, 9.00-12.30

Biology, Religion, and Philosophy: Incommensurable paradigms? / Sciences biologiques, religions et philosophie: paradigmes inconciliables?

Introduction to the Theme and Commentary:
Iain McKenna, Concordia University

François Poitras, Théologie, Université Saint-Paul 

Transcendance et technique chez Gabriel Marcel : Contribution au XXIe siècle.
Michael Kurak, Philosophy, University of Warwick  The Fluxional Mind: A Comparative Approach to Understanding the Role of 'Value Systems' in Cognition Gregory J. Walters, Theology, Saint Paul University
Non-Foundationalism, SNiPS, and Ethics


Dimanche/Sunday, May 26 mai 14.00- 17.30 

Physics, Philosophy and Fine Tuning 

Introduction to the Theme and Commentary
Douglas McDermid, St Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia)

Kenneth Himma, Philosophy, University of Washington

Design Inferences, Fine-Tuning, and the Prior Probability of Divine Intelligent Agency

Neil A. Manson, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame 

Anthropocentrism and the Argument from Fine-Tuning 
John Bell, Philosophy, University of Western Ontario Cosmological Theories and the Question of the Existence of a Creator  Lawrence Dewan, Philosophy, Dominican College Creation, Metaphysics, and Cosmology
Monday/lundi, May 27 mai, 14:00-17:30

Conceptual Issues / Questions conceptuelles

Introduction to the Theme and Commentary
Jason West, University of Waterloo

Willem B. Drees, Theology, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Partner of the Sciences or Object of Study? Theology and Religion in Relation to the Natural and Social Sciences Jerome Gellman, Philosophy, Ben Gurion University/ Israel  On Scientific Explanations of Mystical Experience of God Paul Allen, CTNS and Theology, Saint Paul University Beyond Naturalism: Scientific Creativity and Theological Knowledge Leslie Armour, Philosophy, Dominican College, Ottawa Can Science Provide Evidence for Metaphysics?

Monday, May 27, 17h - 19h  President's Reception / Great Hall, Hart House

Conference dinner : TBA

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For more information, please contact:

Professor William Sweet,
Department of Philosophy, St Francis Xavier University,
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5;
fax 902-867-3243; tel 902-867-2341; Internet: