• ¿Quiénes somos? Cuestiones en torno al ser humano

    Miguel Pérez de Laborda, Claudia E. Vanney, and Francisco José Soler Gil, EUNSA, 2018

    The birth of philosophy is inseparable from the fundamental questions about the human being: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? The answer to these questions depends on many other issues that challenge us all, such as the relationship of the human being with Nature, what distinguishes us from other living beings, how we relate to each other (family, friendship, society, etc.) and, in a much more personal way, the meaning of our life. In recent times these classic questions have been become even more urgent due to the vertiginous development of science and technology. Many think today, for example, that in a few decades we will be able to overcome all the limits of our species, enjoying superintelligence, superlongevity and superwellbeing (Transhumanism).

    The book is available on EUNSA’s website.

  • La gramática moral universal. ¿Una aproximación cognitivista a la ley natural?

    Mariano Asla, Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 2016

    EUNSA has published the book “Universal Moral Grammar. A cognitive approach to natural law?” (in Spanish) by Dr Mariano Asla.

    By its very nature, ethical speculation has been since its inception a land for intellectual dialogue, where ordinary knowledge, philosophy and different religious faiths converged, sought and gave reasons. But this scenario today has become more complex and presents novel edges, due to the emergence of the individual sciences (especially from the cognitive perspective) in the study of moral phenomenon. In this context of naturalization of ethics, a research program inspired by Chomsky’s linguistics, called Universal Moral Grammar was developed in recent years. UMG argues, in essence, that under the spontaneous moral intuitions there is a network of cognitive, innate and unconscious principles, which are the evolutionary heritage of our species.

    In this book the author proposes a philosophically weighted and critical reading of this research program, tending to its possible inclusion in the broader debate about the ethical universals and establishing some nontrivial affinities with the notion of natural law proposed by the Thomist tradition.

  • Comentario a la Suma contra Gentiles

    Gabriel Zanotti, Biblioteca Instituto Acton, 2015

    The Summa contra Gentiles offers a great opportunity to re-encounter reason and offer it to everyone. Reasoning from the synthesis and union between reason and faith, this book puts St. Thomas Aquinas in contact with the 20th and 21st centuries. Its main objective is to promote the dialogue between the Thomistic synthesis and contemporary thought: phenomenology, hermeneutics, existentialism, the philosophy of language and logic, the philosophy of science, current cosmological debates, psychoanalysis, the philosophy of social sciences and, therefore, also with the philosophy of law and economy.

  • Fronteras del determinismo científico. Filosofía y ciencias en diálogo

    Claudia E. Vanney y Olimpia Lombardi (eds.), Biblioteca Nueva, 2015

    Is our reality determined or, on the contrary, is it left to chance and surprise? The tension between determinism and indeterminism has been a constant concern of human beings in different times and cultures, finding multiple responses in the history of philosophy from the Greek ‘Ananke’ or the Latin ‘fatum’, which embodied the idea of a destination that marks life, both human and divine, to the idea of a world that has lost all certainty and security.

    In this book the question of determinism is approached from many different fields, from quantum mechanics, chaos theory and the microscopic chemistry in the area of physico-chemical sciences, to genetics, evolutionary developmental biology and conservation biology in the domain of life sciences, also including some specifically philosophical domains such as those related to the problem of freedom and free will.

  • Principios reales y conocimiento matemático. La propuesta epistemológica de Leonardo Polo

    Claudia E. Vanney, Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 2008

    Is it possible to gain access to knowledge of the real principles of the physical universe? Currently some branches of physics, such as cosmology, seek to establish a general theory that encompasses or comprises in itself all the results achieved by science, and to this end they develop highly mathematized models. Is this the way to know the principles of extra-mental reality, or is it a way that only allows us to dominate nature? Is the access to knowledge of physical principles a scientific question or does it result from a philosophical attitude?

    The book deals with Leonardo Polo’s physics of causes, unitarily presenting the complete spectrum of the knowledge of extra-mental reality according to his philosophical proposal. It seeks to account both for scientific knowledge and its progressive rationality, and to achieve the unitary view of cosmos that characterizes traditional philosophies of nature. The elements of Polian causal physics that allow to develop a philosophy of mathematics, physics and biology, in harmony with contemporary sciences are especially explored.

    The book is available on EUNSA’s website.