The first edition of the Expanded Reason Awards has received 367 works from 30 different countries from around the world

  • The winners will be announced on July 31st. In total, the awards will amount to 100,000 euros

The first edition of the Expanded Reason Awards, organized by the University Francisco de Vitoria (UFV) in collaboration with the Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation, has received 367 works from 30 different countries from around the world. Most of the works have been submitted from Spain (137), the USA (56), Mexico (39) and Argentina (30).

Also, many works have been submitted from Spanish speaking countries such as Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela; other countries such as Italy, Brazil, Canada, the Philippines, Hungary, India, Nigeria, Poland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland have also participated in the Awards with a great number of works.

As far as the fields of knowledge are concerned, these have been the most numerous: philosophy, theology and humanities (145), legal, economic and social sciences (116), and biomedical and health sciences (56).

The Awards, which were inspired by the International Congress “Prayer, Power to Change the World” at UFV on October 2015, were presented last September in Madrid by UFV’s Rector, Dr. Daniel Sada, and by Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., President of the Vatican Foundation, in a ceremony that took place in Madrid’s Cathedral of the Almudena.

The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Most Rev. Carlos Osoro was also there to witness the inauguration of the Awards. The Expanded Reason Awards seek to support and acknowledge those professors and researchers who are working to broaden the horizons of rationality through a dialogue between the sciences and philosophy and theology, grounded in the certainty that the fundamental questions of human life cannot be ignored by scientific rationality.

The deadline for submissions was April 30th. Four prizes of 25,000 euros each will be awarded (two in teaching and two in research). In addition, other additional works considered to be of particular relevance will be shared on the Awards’ website, after due consultation with the respective authors. The winners, as well as the names of the members of the jury, will be announced on July 31st, and the award ceremony will take place in September. That occasion will also serve to inaugurate the second edition of the Expanded Reason Awards.