“Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom”.
Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame who focuses on moral development and flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. She writes a popular blog for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”).
Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom provides an evolutionary framework for early childhood experience grounded in developmental systems theory, encompassing not only genes but a wide array of environmental and epigenetic factors. It describes the neurobiological basis for the development of moral feelings and reasoning, outlining ethical functioning at multiple levels of complexity and context before turning to a theory of the emergence of wisdom. Finally, it embraces the sociocultural orientations of our ancestors and cousins in small-band hunter-gatherer societies—the norm for 99% of human history—for a re-envisioning of moral life, from the way we value and organize child raising to how we might frame a response to human-made global ecological collapse.
Integrating the latest scholarship in clinical sciences and positive psychology, Narvaez proposes a developmentally informed ecological and ethical sensibility as a way to self-author and revise the ways we think about parenting and sociality. The techniques she describes point towards an alternative vision of moral development and flourishing, one that synthesizes traditional models of executive, top-down wisdom with “primal” wisdom built by multiple systems of biological and cultural influence from the ground up.
Claudia E. Vanney and Juan F. Franck
“Determinism or indeterminism?”.
Claudia E. Vanney is Doctor in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires and Doctor in Philosophy from the Universidad de Navarra. She is the head of the Institute of Philosophy at the Universidad Austral, where she runs several interdisciplinary research programs. She is currently focused on the dialogue among science, philosophy and theology, with a particular interest in the philosophy of physics.
Juan F. Franck is Doctor in Philosophy from the Internationale Akademie für Philosophie (Liechtenstein). Currently he teaches modern philosophy at the Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino and is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy (Universidad Austral). His current research interests include the philosophical problems linked to cognitive sciences.
Besides other publications, in recent years both have collaborated in developing the Interdisciplinary Austral Dictionary for Sciences, Philosophy and Theology, which they have edited alongside Ignacio Silva.
The book, Determinism or indeterminism? Great questions from science to philosophy, is the result of a collaborative work between physicists, biologists, neuroscientists, philosophers and theologians from over 15 universities in 6 different countries. During the years 2013-2015 the editors promoted several activities focused on the discussion concerning determinism in nature, delving into the epistemological, anthropological and meaning-of-life questions. The researching itinerary that was put to the test led to a broadening of the scientific horizon in favor of a transdisciplinary perspective that included theology and philosophy. This book is the outcome of these efforts. Each chapter was co-written by a scientist and a philosopher who pursued the dialogue until an integrated text was reached.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Michael Schuck and Nancy Tuchman
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. is presently founding a new center to build an International Associate of Jesuit Universities based at Fordham University in Queens, New York, USA. Prior to that he was Chancellor of Loyola University Chicago from 2015-17. He was also president of the same university for 14 years (from 2001). Since 2011 he is also Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus, by appointment of Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. superior general of the Society of Jesus. He served in multiple capacities at various universities, including as Professor of psychology, Acting Vice President for Student Development, Academic Vice President, and Special Assistant to the President, among others.
Michael Schuck is a Professor of Christian Ethics in the Theology Department at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the Co-Director of the International Jesuit Ecology Project which has produced Healing Earth, a free online textbook in environmental science, ethics, spirituality and action. In addition to environmental ethics, Michael teaches and does research in the areas of Roman Catholic social thought, theological and philosophical ethics, and religious ethics and social theory. Michael was the Founding Director of the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago.
Nancy Tuchman spent the first 14 years of her career as a Professor of Aquatic Ecology in the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago. In 2002–2003 she served as a Program Officer in the Ecosystem Studies Program at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C., then returned to Loyola to serve as the Associate Provost for Research for five years (2004–08). In 2005 she founded and directed the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP) at Loyola. From 2010–2013 she served as the University’s Vice Provost before being appointed Founding Dean of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES).
In 2012, Fr. Michael J. Garanzini S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago, envisioned a ‘living textbook’ in environmental science that would provide a sound scientific understanding of the primary environmental threats to the planet, while also providing ethical reasoning, spiritual reflection, and a call to action. His vision was to develop a free, online textbook that seamlessly integrated science, ethics and faith, and could be accessed by anyone on the planet who had web access, with those living at the margins in mind. This was the birth of the International Jesuit Ecology Project (IJEP – see http://www.luc.edu/ijep/), an endeavor by a small group of scholars at Loyola University Chicago that quickly grew to a community of over 160 contributors (students, university faculty, high school teachers, students, language translators, technology specialists) from over 20 countries.
Sarolta Laura Baritz, OP
“The KETEG teaching program and mission”.
Sarolta Laura Baritz an economist by training, used to travel around the world as a sales development manager for Pepsi-Cola Hungary. Despite traveling around the world, she made the longest journey of her life without leaving town, practically without leaving her own apartment. Sarolta Baritz, a successful business manager, became Sister Laura, a Dominican nun. She gave away her wealth and moved into the convent. She had seven years to change her mind, but instead, she renounced her secular life. Since then she graduated as a professor of religion and ethics, teaches at Sapienta College and received her PhD in economics. In 2010 she established the KETEG (Christian Social Principles in Economy) teaching program connecting religion and ethics with economics.
KETEG (Christian Social Principles in Economy) is a community and teaching program of devoted persons coming from the Hungarian academic and business world with the aim to promote and spread value driven economic and business thinking both on the level of theory and of praxis that is based on the principles of virtue ethics and Catholic Social Thought (CST). The original goal of the KETEG teaching program was to create an interdisciplinary connection between theology/philosophy and social-economic sciences, so as to provide a a new paradigm in social-economic thinking compared to the present mainstream utilitarian approach. We are convinced that by teaching and acting according to this way of thinking and value order that involves the holistic approach of the various sciences (especially economics in our program) we can best serve the good of mankind and the sustainability of our world.
Alberto Oliván and Arturo Encinas
“Teaching Narrative in Videogames,or how we narrate our lives through video games”.
Alberto Oliván Tenorio is co-founder and game designer at Fictiorama Studios and a professor in the Narrative and Creation of Video Games degree at the University Francisco de Vitoria.
Arturo Encinas Cantalapiedra is an audiovisual manager at Apóstrofe Comunicación and professor at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University Francisco de Vitoria.
La enseñanza de la Narración en Videojuegos o cómo relatamos nuestra vida a través del videojuego (Teaching Narrative in Videogames,or how we narrate our lives through video games) is a teaching project that aims to orient future video game designers in their professional work, both from the technical side as well as from the perspective of poetic truth in their video game creations.
“The MA in Spirituality, Theology & Health”.
Professor Christopher Cook qualified in medicine from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1981. He specialised in psychiatry and worked for over 25 years in the psychiatry of substance misuse. He has research doctorates in medicine and in theology. His academic interests are in spirituality, theology & health. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2001. He is an Honorary Minor Canon of Durham Cathedral and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Chris is Professor of Spirituality, Theology & Health in the Department of Theology & Religion at Durham University. He is President of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality. His book publications include: The Philokalia and the Inner Life: On Passions and Prayer (2011), Spirituality, Theology & Mental Health (ed., 2013), and Spirituality and Narrative in Psychiatric Practice (eds Cook, Powell & Sims, 2016).
The MA in Spirituality, Theology & Health at Durham University is an inter-disciplinary and inter-professional programme aimed at enabling students to develop an integrative understanding of human sickness, health and wellbeing from both theological and scientific perspectives. To our knowledge, it is the only programme of its kind internationally on which clergy and health professionals, theologians and scientists can study together at masters level on the same programme in the same classroom. It provides opportunity for inter-disciplinary conversations within which scientists and health professionals can increase their awareness of the theological questions and research pertaining to their work and, similarly, chaplains and theologians can have opportunity to engage with some of the relevant scientific issues.