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Departments are the Institute’s organisational units. Each department coordinates related disciplines from across our degree programmes according to their methods and objectives, in order to promote research, teaching and training, as well as the organisation of open events and initiatives.

Theology, Philosophy and Humanities

Main study and research areas

Biblical studies and history

  • hermeneutics of the Old and New Testament
  • history of philosophy
  • history of mysticism and theology

Theor-ethics

  • Trinitarian phenomenology and ontology
  • paradigms of relationality
  • anthropology, Christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology in Trinitarian perspective
  • ethics of the person and of society, bioethics
  • ecology

Dialogue

  • dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church
  • interreligious dialogue in theory and practice
  • dialogue between Christianity and Shia Islam

Epistemology

  • scientific rationality and ontology
  • philosophy of science and technology
  • history and paradigms of logic

Humanities

  • cultural anthropology
  • psychology of the person
  • pedagogy of the person

Some remarkable moments along the path of our continuing journey:

  • 2011 Theology seminar: Theology ‘in’ Jesus. Question, appearances, figures. (9th-11th June 2011)

The seminar proceedings were published in P. Coda – V. Di Pilato (edd.), Theology ‘in’Jesus, Città Nuova – Sophia University Institute, 2012, Rome – Italian.  (link to the book on ibs.it)

  • 2012 Theology seminar: The Nothing-All of love. Theology as practice of the noûs Christoû (13th-15th June 2012)

The Seminar proceedings were published in P. Coda – J. Tremblay – A. Clemenzia (editors), The Nothing-All of Love. Theology as Wisdom of the Crucified, Città Nuova – Sophia University Institute, 2013, Rome – Italian.

  • 2013 Theology seminar: Two charisms in communion (13th-14th June 2013)
  •  2014 International Trinitarian ontology seminar: Trinitarian ontology between philosophy and theology. Tracing the footsteps of Klaus Hemmerle, a thinker at the frontier (Trent, 14th-16th December 2014)

The seminar proceedings were published in A theory for inhabiting the frontier. Tracing the footsteps of Klaus Hemmerle, Città Nuova – Sophia University Institute, 2016, Rome.

  • 2014 Theology seminar: The interior castle and the exterior castle: for a grammar of the Christian experience (12th-13th June 2014)

The seminar proceedings were published in A. Clemenzia – V. Di Pilato – J. Tremblay (editors), The interior castle and the exterior castle. For a grammar of the Christian experience, Città Ideale, 2015, Prato.

  • 2016 Theology seminar: God in God: for a Trinitarian grammar of the Christian experience (9th-10th June 2016)

The seminar proceedings were published in A. Clemenzia – A. Ziino (editors), God in God. For a Trinitarian grammar of the Christian experience, Città Ideale, 2017, Prato.

  • Theological dialogue between the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Cluj-Napoca and the Sophia University Institute of Loppiano:

2015 Symposium: The great doxology of the Holy Spirit in the theology of Saint Basil the Great. The work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in creation (Cluj-Napoca, 26th-29th November 2015)

2017 Seminar: Life in the Spirit. One way, two paths to respond to the challenges of today (Loppiano, 12th-13th June 2017). The proceedings are awaiting publication.

  • 2017 Philosophy seminar: A wholeness full of meaning. The idea of the human person in Edith Stein (14th February 2017)
  • 2017 Psychology seminar: Conflict within the person and in relationships: strategies for resolution (13th-14th May 2017)

Upcoming events in 2017-2018:

  • 11th-13th January 2018: Research seminar in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities and with the Faculty of Theology of the Universidad Católica Argentina, Trinity and language of the aesthetic form: figures and pathways (entry by invitation only)
  • 23rd February 2018: Trinitarian Ontology Workshop: lecture by Prof. Alessandra Beccarisi (link to her page on the Università del Salento website) (Participation by registration)
  • 5th March 2018: Trinitarian Ontology Workshop: lecture by Prof. Adriano Fabris (link to his page on the Pisa University website) Participation by registration
  • 27th April 2018: Study Day on Klaus Hemmerle: Philosophy and theology at play (Participation by registration)
  • 11th May 2018: Trinitarian Ontology Workshop: lecture by Prof. Vincenzo Vitiello, professor emeritus,(Participation by registration)
  • 11th May 2018: Cattedre di Sophia, public lecture by Prof. Vincenzo Vitiello (free entry) – insert link to the calendar page
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