Our project

“Determinism and Indeterminism: From Science to Philosophy in Spanish-speaking Academia” is a three-year project that seeks to promote dialogue among physicists, biologists, neuroscientists, philosophers and theologians, in order to study the impact of new findings on issues of determinism/indeterminism in nature, e.g. modal Hamiltonian interpretations of quantum physics, discoveries on chemiosmosis and recent reappraisals of Libet’s experiments.

The project is devised around big questions of contemporary science. Our goal is to cross systematically the borders of what is traditionally considered scientific, philosophical or theological, in order to face the specific challenge of attaining interdisciplinary understanding and a common technical vocabulary that promotes dialogue among Spanish-speaking scholars of different disciplines. We intend to foster high level interdisciplinary research and to create a regional network of researchers interested in these topics. In addition, we expect to catalyze in this way the generation of other similar interdisciplinary projects in the region in cooperation with institutions of other countries.

Specific activities include a monthly seminar and three intensive Interdisciplinary Research Weeks. The Project also comprises the publication of several collective academic volumes and three popular science books. Two competitions will reward the best journal articles on the topics of the project published in Latin American graphic media between June 1, 2013 and August 31, 2015.

The Project is run by the Institute of Philosophy of Austral University and has been posible through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.