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The International Research Area on Foundations of the Sciences

IRAFS

The International Research Area on Foundations of the Sciences (IRAFS) was constituted at the Pontifical Lateran University (PUL) in October of 1997.In seventeen years of activity, the Area has promoted at the Lateran University, several conferences, courses and debates, overall through its active participation in the STOQ Project.

IRAFS
c/o Prof. Gianfranco Basti
Pontifical Lateran University
Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4
00120 Vatican City
Ph.: +39 06 69895671
Fax: +39 06 45420209
emails: basti@pul.it
info@irafs.org
http://www.irafs.org


Welcome to the IRAFS Portal

The IRAFS - International Research  Area on Foundations of the Sciences - is the first of the research areas based at the Pontifical Lateran University. Its official foundation dates back to October 1997, just about a year away from the premature death of him who was the first promoter and founder of the Area: ENNIO DE GIORGI. Professor at the "Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa", Member of the "Accademia dei Lincei" in Italy, of the "Académie de France", of the "National Academy of Sciences in US, and of the "Pontifical Academy of Sciences" in Vatican , he was one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century.

... during the last ten years of his scientific activity, was dedicated to research on the foundations of logic and mathematics. For this aim, he founded at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa a famous Seminar for Doctoral students on the Foundations of Mathematics.
Finally, through the collaboration with Prof. EDWARD NELSON of the Dept. of Mathematics at Princeton University (USA), with Prof. GIANFRANCO BASTI and with Dr. ANTONIO LUIGI PERRONE, of the Faculty of Philosophy at PUL, he promoted the creation of IRAFS. Unfortunately for us, however, he was not able to see it on this earth...

... for promoting opportunities of discussion and in-depth research about the foundations of the different scientific and humanistic disciplines, by using the amazing opportunities offered by the axiomatic method. This method, during the XX century, was used overall for developing the mathematical logic. On the contrary, overall during the last thirty years, it was used also for developing the so-called philosophical logic, so to extend the advantages of the axiomatic method, from the mathematical and the natural sciences, to the humanistic disciplines.

This opened the way, not only to the next digital revolution of the semantic web, and of the artificial simulation of the human intentional behavior, destined to change deeply our society, our culture, and our economy - the so-called next "digital tsunami" -, but also to a new era for the interdisciplinary and the intercultural dialogue.

IRAFS, because of the foresight of prof. De Giorgi and of his friends, was since the beginning on the cutting edge of this revolution...

... share, in the modern scientific field, the common mathematical formalisms and, in relation to other subjects in the humanities - ontology, epistemology, and ethics, before all -, the common logical formalism. The axiomatic method makes it "transparent" to the universal comprehension, beyond the cultural and the educational differences, so to help the interdisciplinary and the intercultural dialogue in a decisive way.

In seventeen years of activity, the Area has promoted at the Lateran University, many conferences, courses and debates, overall through the participation at the STOQ Project. Moreover, IRAFS supported the participation of its members in many International Conferences on these topics, with the related scientific publications of their contributions. Finally, the IRAFS organized at the Lateran four International Conferences, on the relation between science, philosophy and theology, and on several cross-border interdisciplinary topics.


 

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NEW!
Workshop on
"Logos & Pathos. The image between Philosophy and Science"
PUL, Room "Senato Accademico"
April 11st, 2016 - h. 3-6 p.m.

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NEW!
CEPOS Conference
"Science, Philosophy, and Religious Commitment"
St. Thomas University, "St. Paul Campus, Minneapolis"
June 26-28, 2016

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Workshop on
"Ontos & Logos"
PUL, Room "Pope Francis"
February 9th, 2016 - h. 15-17

Presentation of the new book:
Ontologia Formale, G. Basti, S. Mobeen, APES Ed., Rome, 2015, with contributions of Habermas, Searle, Ales Bello, Basti, Kanakappally, Poli, Mobeen, Giovagnoli.
Presenters: A. Iodice, G. Traversa, D. Santoro.
Chair: Ph. Larrey
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NEW!
Brochure of all
IRAFS 2016 Workshops

It is available for download the Brochure with all IRAFS 2016 Workshops.
Download the Brochure


NEW!
IRAFS Newsletter n° 3

The third issue of IRAFS Newsletter is available both onsite, and in a downloadable pdf format, in English and in Italian versions. You can also register yourself for receiving IRAFS Newsletter issues directly and freely on your email box.
Go to the Newsletter Page
Download the English Version
Scarica la Versione Italiana


2016

PUL Philosophy Faculty
2016 Conference on:
"Determinism and Freedom
between Methaphysics, Ethics and Science"

PUL - PIO XI Room
April 20, 2016. H. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


IRAFS Online Courses

The first Modules of the online courses of Prof. Gianfranco Basti, given at the Catholic University of Poland in Warsaw are freely availbale for everybody. Visist the Courses page.


IUC-2015 Conference
"Formal Methods and Science
in Philosophy"
Dubrovnik (Croatia),
26-28 March, 2015

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2015. IRAFS Newsletter n° 1 & n°2

IRAFS Newsletter first two issues are available both onsite, and in a downloadable pdf format. You can also register yourself for receiving IRAFS Newsletter issues directly and freely on your email box. Visit the Newsletter page.



"First International Conference on Logic and Religion"
San Paolo (Brazil),
1-5 April, 2015



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Prof. EDWARD NELSON DIED at 82

On September 10th 2014, Edward Nelson, Emeritus Professor at Princeton University, passed away in Princeton. He was 82. The community of IRAFS and of the Pontifical Lateran University commemorates this giant of the mathematical research, with sincere gratitude and imperishable admiration. We thank the Lord for having during so many years enjoied his example, his science, his dedication, his faith, his friendship.

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IV World Congress on:
"The Square-Of-Oppositions"
PUL - PIO XI & Paolo VI Rooms
May 5-9, 2014

The Congress is organized through a collaboration between the Dept. of Philosophy of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and the Philosophy Faculty of PUL (Vatican City).
More than 100 speakers from all over the world will present their contributions in the Congress.
http://square-of-opposition.org

The Square: A Central Object of Thought, Handbook of the Congress with the Abstracts of all the Lectures, available online.

Dossier On:
A New Perspective for the Philosophy

The Congress on the "Square of Oppositions" is one of the many examples of the growing importance that the "formal philosophy" is acquiring all over the world, also for the technological implications of such an approach. On this regard, THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD founded in 2012 a new Dept. of Philosophy and Computer Science (BA & MA). Several new job opportunities are related with such a study program (More...). Recently, the most diffused financial newsweek, The Economist, dedicated a special dossier to the deep implications that such a revolution in technology, it defined as a "digital tsunami", will have on the job market. Download the zip file of this dossier.