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Nature and Naturalism

International Conference

Rome, 18-19 April 2016

Examining how the conceptual framework of science relates to everyday understanding

Many philosophers adopt methods that emulate those of the natural sciences. They call such an overall approach naturalism, and consider it justified by the progress of science. They argue moreover that the idea of transcendence and religious discourse in general are no longer plausible.

This conference explores how naturalism depends on the underlying idea of nature and examines how the conceptual framework of scientific inquiry relates back to the lived experience that is proper to everyday self-understanding. A correct understanding of nature discloses the limits of naturalism and opens the door for the articulation of religious faith.