The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) brings together leading thinkers from around the world to live and work in an intellectual community. These cross-disciplinary scholars, scientists, and artists pursue innovative and collaborative research projects, augmenting the life of the mind on campus. Building upon the Catholic intellectual tradition, the NDIAS encourages its fellows to think about their scholarship in relationship to that of colleagues in other disciplines, cultivating broad perspectives that can influence the world in positive and concrete ways. Inspired by the classical values of truth, goodness, and beauty, the NDIAS challenges its fellows to consider the world both as it is and as it ought to be as they address fundamental and enduring questions about value, meaning, and purpose.
In this Templeton Colloquium, Professor David Hart will explore the mystery of consciousness (the entirety of mental life), posing critical questions such as the place of nature within mind, and probing more traditional assumptions about the physicalist emergentist accounts of the origins of consciousness. In dialogue with other scholars he will take up the idea that careful reflection on the nature of consciousness yields an understanding of consciousness to which certain classical understandings of the soul (Western and Eastern) may prove far better suited than more materialist reductionist approaches.
This colloquium brings together scholars from anthropology, history, philosophy, and theology to examine critical topics about consciousness including whether consciousness can evolve or emerge from matter, intentionality and the transcendental ends of consciousness, classical metaphysics of the soul, Eastern contributions to the understanding of consciousness, and the soul and the whole of being.
This colloquium is sponsored by the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, with generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
On November 16 and 17, 2015, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) hosted "Afternoon of Christianity: Church and Theology for a Post-Secular Age," a Templeton Colloquium led by Msgr. Dr. Tomáš Halík, 2014 Templeton Prize Laureate and Professor of Philosophy at Charles University in Prague. Tomáš Halík was in residence fall 2015 as a Templeton Fellow at the NDIAS.
This colloquium brought together scholars from history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and theology to examine the crisis of modern Western Christianity and how its members can seek the path to a deeper, more credible and mature form of church, theology and spirituality.
This international conference, hosted by the NDIAS in McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame, focused on the roles played by public intellectuals—persons who exert a large influence in the contemporary society of their countries by virtue of their thought, writing, or speaking—in various countries around the world and in their different professional roles. Leading experts from multiple disciplines came together to approach this elusive topic of public intellectualism from different perspectives.