History of the School
School The Ecclesiastical Philosophy started its activities in 1988. From the beginning it has been nourished and maintains a close relationship with the Schools of Philosophy and Letters and Theology, with which it generates a very fruitful exchange of knowledge -professor and researcher-.
The School is inserted in a University that brings together the entire spectrum of experimental and human sciences. This insertion allows the contact and dialogue between all the fields of knowledge, facilitating to the professors and students the opening to global and deep horizons, necessary to understand the world in which we live.
D. Mariano Artigas was named the first Dean of the School (1988-1998).
Creation of the School
In June 1988, the erection of the Ecclesiastical School of Philosophy was approved. A year earlier, the Chancellor, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, had requested its creation from the Philosophy section of the School of Philosophy and Letters.
Classes in the new School began on October 4, 1988. The two years of the high school diploma were taught at School of Ecclesiastical Studies; and the students of licentiate degree attended class with those of Philosophy and Letters, except for some of their own subjects.
thesis As early as the beginning of the 1990s, the first doctoral dissertations were defended at School.
"Cuadernos doctorales de Philosophy"
In 1991 the first issue of "Cuadernos doctorales de Philosophy" was published, a magazine of the School where the extracts of the defended doctoral thesis are collected. It has been published annually, uninterruptedly, until today.
ISCR and high school for Anthropology and Ethics (IAE)
In 1997 the Holy See approved the establishment of the high school of Religious Sciences (ISCR). From the beginning, the School has actively collaborated in the teaching and direction of this high school.
In addition, in 1998 the high school of Anthropology and Ethics (IAE) was established for the promotion and encouragement of the humanistic training in the Academic Centers of the University. Professors from School also collaborate in the teaching of high school.
groupScience, Reason and Faith (CRYF)
In 2002, the interdisciplinary group Science, Reason and Faith (CRYF) was created, whose first director was Mariano Artigas. The CRYF is made up of professors and researchers from School, Science, Philosophy and Letters and Medicine.
Mariano Artigas, 'in memoriam'.
In 2006 Mariano Artigas, the first Dean of the School and director of the CRYF, passed away. The following year, the School held an academic event 'In memoriam' in his honor and presented him with the Silver Medal of the University at degree scroll posthumously.
Tenth anniversary of the publication of the encyclical 'Fides et ratio'.
On November 27, 2008, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical 'Fides et ratio', an academic workshop was organized with the participation of several experts and professors from School and Philosophy and Letters.
Workshop on Mariano Artigas
In May 2009, a workshop was held in London at report by Mariano Artigas, organized by the CRYF, the School and the 'Thomas More Institute' of London. It was attended by internationally renowned academics such as Roger Trigg and Thomas F. Glick, among others. As a result of this meeting the publishing house Ashgate published a volume with the interventions of some of the participants ("Science and Faith within Reason").
I Mariano Artigas Commemorative Lecture
In 2011, the I Mariano Artigas Memorial Lecture was held, an initiative of the CRYF that is held every two years to remember his figure and his contribution to the dialogue between science and faith.
The I Mariano Artigas Lecture was given at position by Prof. Willian Shea.
In application of the reform of the programs of study of the ecclesiastical Schools to the Bologna plan, in 2012 the third course of high school diplomaand two specialties were created within the School: Philosophy theorethics and Philosophy of action.
In 2013, the School celebrated its 25th anniversary. By then, a total of 462 students had obtained the Degree from high school program. There had been graduate 234 students, and 137 had obtained the Degree of PhD.
Scientia et fides' magazine
In 2013, the journal 'Scientia et fides' of the Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun (Poland) started publication at partnership with CRYF.
In 2016, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his death, the journal edited a monographic volume on Mariano Artigas, in which 27 scholars from all over the world and from different disciplines participated.
IV SOFIC International Symposium
In 2022, the School held the IV International Symposium of the SOFIC (Society of Christian Philosophers), with the topic: "Human body and identity staff".
35 years old
In 2023 it will have been 35 years since the beginning of School: more than 700 students have attended programs of study ; 75% of them are foreign students, from 43 countries of the five continents.
SOME OF THE PIONEERS OF THE SCHOOL
The Ecclesiastical School of Philosophy began at the hand of the Section of Philosophy of the School of Philosophy and Letters. So the professors of the Section were, in a way, the pioneers of this new School. All of them offered their generous partnership in the teaching and direction of thesis ; but some, like Modesto Santos and José Luis Fernández, had, together with Mariano Artigas -first Dean of the School- a special dedication in the first years of the School.
In the early days, José Ángel García Cuadrado and Antoni Carol Hostench also joined the company, and in the mid-1990s, Enrique Moros and Sergio Sánchez-Migallón.
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Mariano Artigas, PhD in Physics and Philosophy (doctorate civil and ecclesiastical), arrived from Barcelona in 1987 as professor of Philosophy of Nature and Philosophy of Science.
He was the first Dean of the School (1988-1998); and then, Associate Dean (1998-2001). In 2002, together with other professors, he started the interdisciplinary group "Science, reason and faith", of which he was director until 2006.
Modesto Santos was the first Associate Dean and director of research of the School.
D. in Philosophy from the University, he had joined the Section of Philosophy of the School of Philosophy y Letras in the early years. He taught at the University of Murcia and returned to Pamplona, where he was for a long time professor of Ethics.
José Luis Fernández
José Luis Fernández, graduate in Philosophy by the Complutense University of Madrid and doctorate by the University, taught teaching in the School Ecclesiastical Philosophy from the early years. He was Dean between 1998 and 2004.
He had joined the academic staff of the Philosophy Section of the School of Philosophy y Letras in the early 1970s.
José Ángel García Cuadrado
José Ángel García Cuadrado, graduate in Philology by the University of Valencia and PhD in Philosophy by the University, joined School in 1989 as professor of Logic; and later, of Philosophical Anthropology.
He has been director of programs of study (1995-2002), Associate Dean (2002-2004), and Dean (2004-2013).
Antoni Carol Hostench
Antoni Carol Hostench was also a member of the first faculty of School.
graduate Antoni Carol Hostench, with a degree in Business Administration, Master's Degree in Business Management from Esade and a doctorate in Philosophy from School, collaborated in teaching for three years, and returned to his pastoral work in Barcelona.
In the 1993/94 academic year he joined School as teaching assistant Enrique Moros. D. in 1995 and 1997 (this time in the School of Philosophy and Letters), he joined the board directive of the School in 1997: he has been director of research and director of programs of study.
He has also been Deputy Director of high school of Religious Sciences (1998-2006).
Sergio Sánchez-Migallón joined School in 1994. He has been director of programs of study (2002-2007), Associate Dean (2007-2013) and Dean (2013-2022).
In addition, he has taught at the high school of Ethics and Anthropology (IAE), of which he was director (2010-2013). He has also been Deputy Director of the University's high school Core Curriculum (2019-2021).