Summer Courses


July 1st - July 23rd, 2016 - Trumau


1. UNDERSTANDING THE BEGINNINGS: Dr. Rodrigo Guerra. Center for Advanced Social Studies, Mexico; Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace / Pontifical Academy for Life  

The beginnings of every human being show its deepest nature and, somehow, its ultimate meaning. This course will examine, from a scientific and a philosophical perspective, the origins of the universe, the origins of human beings as a species and the origins of the human as a person. During the first week we will discuss the different contemporary theories on the beginnings of the universe and some arguments on the non-existence and existence of God. In this part, we will reconsider some important insights from Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas and Josef Seifert. In the second week, we will approach different contemporary theories on the origins of life, the evolution of species and the evolution of the human being. Special attention will be given to the contributions of Stephen Jay Gould and John Paul II's statement on evolution (evolution is not a "mere hypothesis"). In the third week we will study the main contemporary discoveries on human embryology and the bio-philosophical arguments for the rigorous recognition of the human zygote as person. Our hypothesis, in this case, will be that solid Bioethics always need solid Bio-philosophy as its foundation.

Dr. Rodrigo Guerra. Ph.D. in Philosophy, International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy for Life. General Director of the Center for Advanced Social Research (Queretaro, Mexico). Research interests include the anthropological and ontological foundations of Ethics, Politics and Bioethics. Works include "Volver a la persona: el método filosófico de Karol Wojtyla", "Afirmar a la persona por sí misma: la dignidad como fundamento de los derechos de la persona", "Como un gran movimiento", as well as chapters in diverse collective works and academic journals. He has lectured in countries such as Austria, Italy, Chile, Czech Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and the Holy See.


2. PLATO'S REPUBLIC: Dr. Bernhard Dolna, Lecturer of Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria Dean of Studies and Professor of Philosophy at the International Theological Institute, Austria  

Course description forthcoming.

Dr. Bernhard Dolna. Philosophy, theology, and German literature at the University of Vienna and at the University of Freiburg. Doctorate in Theology. Assistant Professor of Ecumenical Studies and Jewish Studies and Dean of the International Theological Institute, Austria. His areas of specialization include Judaic Studies, Jewish/Christian Relations, and theological and philosophical reflections on world literature. Dr. Dolna publishes extensively internationally.


3. THE WRONGS OF RIGHT. A REFLECTION ON JUSTICE AND MERCY: Dr. Rocco Buttiglione, Italian House of Representatives, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences  

Course description forthcoming.

Dr. Rocco Buttilgione studied law at the Universities of Turin and Rome, focusing on history of political doctrines, under the tutorage of prominent Professor Augusto Del Noce. Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Teramo and the Internationale Akademie für Philosophie (where he served as Acting Rector). Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Throughout his political career he has occupied prominent positions in the Italian government (Minister for EU policies and Minister for Cultural Assets and Activities). He has been a member of the European Parliament and the Italian Parliament, where he currently seats as a member of its House of Representatives. Works include " Dialettica e nostalgia", "Metafisica della conoscenza e politica in S. Tommaso d'Aquino", "Augusto Del Noce: Biografia di un pensiero", "Karol Wojtyla: The Thought of the Man Who Became Pope John Paul II", "L'uomo e la famiglia", among others.  

COST: The cost of the program is 1,870.00 Euros, and it includes the full tuition fee, double/triple-occupancy accommodations, use of the ITI facilities, a number of cultural activities in and around Vienna (transportation included), and the Meal Plan (daily breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday).

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