Darwins impact on science, society and culture (Darwin)

Venue: Faculty of Philosophy of Braga, Portugal

Location: Braga, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Sep 10, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 12, 2009
Registration Date: Jun 30, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 25, 2009
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Description

The Centre of Philosophical and Humanistic Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy of Braga (Portugal) is organizing an International Congress to celebrate two remarkable anniversaries: the birth of Charles Darwin and the publication of his major work, Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

Needless to say, the world changed dramatically after Darwin, and we are still coming to terms with the Darwinian revolution, as well as its impact on virtually every domain of human culture. We will reassess this impact especially on science (Biology, genetics, Artificial Life, Psychology and Linguistics), philosophy (Anthropology, Ethics, Epistemology, Aesthetics), and religion (Christianity, Islam, Budhism, Hinduism and other religious faiths). The reception of Darwinism in the different countries and cultures will also be a major issue that is to be addressed in the Congress.


MAIN AREAS


MAIN AREAS

1. DARWINISM

1.1- Darwin and Evolution
1.2- Origins of Life
1.3- Origins of Species
1.4- Natural Selection
1.5- The Survival of the Fittest
1.6- The Reception of Darwinism
1.7- Neo-Darwinism

2. DARWIN’S IMPACT ON SCIENCE

2.1- Biology
2.2- Psychology
2.3- Genetics
2.4- Linguistics
2.5- Sociology
2.6- Artificial Life

3. DARWIN’S IMPACT ON PHILOSOPHY

3.1- Ethics
3.2- Anthropology
3.3- Epistemology
3.4- Philosophy of Science
3.5- Aesthetics

4. DARWIN’S IMPACT ON ARTS AND HUMANITIES

4.1. Literature
4.2- Art
4.3- Cinema

3. DARWIN’S IMPACT ON RELIGION

4.1- The Evangelical Response
4.2- The Catholic Response
4.3- The Islamic Response
4.4- The Buddhist Response
4.5- The Hindu Response
4.6- Creationism
4.7- Intelligent Design
4.8- On the (in)compatibility of biological evolutionism and religion

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Alfredo Dinis
Catholic University of Portugal
“Darwin’s impact on science, society and culture”

Ana Leonor Pereira
Coimbra University
“The reception of Darwin in Portugal!

Augusto Silva
Catholic University of Portugal
“Replication, selection and language change. Why an evolutionary approach to language variation and change?”

Eric Charmetant
Centre Sèvres, Paris
“Darwin and ethics: the history of an early encounter”

Fiorenzo Facchini
Bologna University
“Culture and its philosophical implications in an evolutionary view”

Francisco Ayala
University of California, Irvine
“The biological foundations of ethics”

George Coyne
Vatican Observatory
“Evolution and Intelligent Design: What is science and what is not”

Godehard Bruentrup
Hochschule für Philosophie, München
"Darwinism and Naturalism - a Perfect Fit?"

Haiyan Yang
Peking University
“The reception of Darwin in China”

Henrique Teotónio
Gulbenkian Institute of Science (Genetics)
“Reevaluating the Origin of Species: the genetic constraints of evolution”

Isabel Varanda
Catholic University of Portugal
“Ecology as an hermeneutic key of both Creation and Evolution”

Jim Salmon
Loyola University in Maryland, USA
“Evolution of information”

João José Fraústo da Silva
Technical University of Lisbon.
“Reevaluating the Origin of Species: the chemical constraints of evolution”

John F. Haught,
Georgetown University
“Darwin challenges to Christianity”

José Miguel Dias Costa
Catholic University of Portugal
“Evolutionary aesthetics”

Luis Miguel Parreira e Correia
Lisbon University
“From natural to artificial life”

Manuel Sumares
Catholic University of Portugal
“Evolution, transcendence and the nature of thought: Blondel and Teilhard”

Michael Ruse
Florida State University
“The Origin, yesterday, today and tomorrow”

Paul Gabor
Vatican Observatory
“Darwin space mission”

Rodrigo de Sá Nogueira Saraiva
Lisbon University
“Evolutionary Psychology”

Roland Cazalis
École d’Ingénieurs of Purpan, Toulouse, France
«Darwin as a pedagogical principle in the interaction between biological evolutionism and religion”

Venue

Praça da Faculdade, 1
Braga
Portugal
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Additional Information

REGISTRATION FEES Until June 30: General Public: € 180 (€ 220 thereafter) Former FacFil students: € 120 (€ 150 thereafter) Graduate students: € 80 (€ 120 thereafter) Undergraduate students: € 50 (€: 80 thereafter). Deadline for abstracts of both contributed papers and posters: June 25 Deadline for notification of acceptance: June 28 info: alfredodinis.facfil@gmail.com