Science, Philosophy, and Religious Commitment

A conference hosted and sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas

Science, Philosophy, and Religious Commitment:
Catholic engagement in philosophy of science

26 - 28 June 2016*

Location: 205 Murray-Herrick Center


The aim of this conference is to cultivate sober perspective and insight into the history and current state of engagement with philosophy of science among Catholic intellectuals with an eye to "What now?" sorts of questions. We hope to begin to articulate, explore, and evaluate a variety of approaches to philosophy of science present in Catholic thought over the last 150 years (roughly from John Henry Newman to the present). These approaches include explicit philosophies of science, as well as ones implicit in and shaping theological work, hierarchical church documents and actions, and evaluations of the relevance of the special sciences to metaphysics, philosophy of nature, and theology.

The conference is interested to explore a broad range of issues, approaches, and figures and aims to cultivate productive cross-fertilization, collaboration, and exploration among philosophers, theologians, and scientists today.


The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register here.


Paul Allen (Concordia University)
Nicanor Austriaco, OP (Providence College)
Stephen Barr (University of Delaware)
Gianfranco Basti (Pontifical Lateran University)
David Diekema (Seattle Pacific University)
Robert Koons (University of Texas at Austin)
Jeffrey Koperski (Saginaw Valley State University)
Flavia Marcacci (Pontifical Lateran University)
Patrick McDonald (Seattle Pacific University)
Lidia Obojska (Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities)
Meghan Page (Loyola University Maryland)
Anne Siebels Peterson (University of Utah)
Brendan Sweetman  (Rockhurst University)


  • Hotel and other visitor information available here.
  • An on-campus, apartment-style residence option is also available. For more information and to make a reservation go here.


* Please noteHOPOS 2016 is in Minneapolis and immediately precedes this conference. Although there is no affiliation between the two, many may be interested in attending both.

 Hosted and sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Philosophy. Cosponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute, the Department of Theology, the Science and Theology Network, and IRAFS (Pontifical Lateran University).

Coorganized by Peter Distelzweig (University of St. Thomas) and Karen Zwier (Drake University). 

Questions or inquiries? Contact Peter Distelzweig at .