João J. VILA-CHÃ SJ
Professore Ordinario, Facoltà di Filosofia
I was born in Portugal and studied in Braga, Frankfurt and Boston where I obtained my Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College (USA). At Boston College I taught from 1992-1996 in the programs “Philosophy of the Person” and “Perspectives on Western Culture and Civilization.” From 1998-2008 I taught History of Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology at the Portuguese Catholic University in Braga (Portugal). In 2007-2008, I was Visiting Scholar at Boston College, Fordham University and Santa Clara University. I am now Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Among my special interests is the study of the relationship between politics and religion, the phenomenological quest, and the many issues associated with interculturality and pluralism in our societies, etc. I am also particularly interested in issues of social communication, in the role of Institutions for the configuration of the Good Society, in the onto-social implications of technologies and the Rule of Law. Of special importance to me, however, is now the transformation of humanistic models of understanding the world as derived from positions associated with both anti-humanistic and meta-humanistic approaches in the different realms of Philosophy, Science, and Technology. Between 2000-2019, I was Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia and; at present I am member of the Editorial Board of journals such as Concilium, Síntese, and Pensamiento. I was was President of the European Association of Jesuit Professors of Philosophy from 2002 to 2008 and since 2013 have been President of the Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Catholiques Universitaires de Philosophie (COMIUCAP). I am also Vice-President of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) and in the last seven years have been directing the Post-Graduate International Seminar that this organization offers yearly to a group of 12-15 scholars coming from different parts of the world.
I am proficient in languages such as English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, and am able to read a few others. I am deeply convinced of the importance and the role of Philosophy not just for the cultural development of peoples and nations but also in the formative process of the young generations. In 2017 I was the recipient of the International Karl-Otto Apel Prize for Philosophy and in 2018, during the World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing (China) was elected Member of the Steering Committee of FISP (Fédération Internationale des Sociétès de Philosophie).
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