Chance and Necessity (NChance) SophiaEuropa
Theologische Fakultät Paderborn
Concerned with connecting physics-mathematics with philosophy and theology, this group brings together scholars in these fields from universities of Frankfurt, Utrecht, Paderborn and Münster to consider metaphysical aspects of the concepts of causality, completeness, contingency, and final causes from the perspectives of respective disciplinary points of view. Members will evaluate Kant’s reasoning and establish a (transcendental-realistic) train of thought enabling interpretation of Quantum Theory in relation to human freedom. Research and discussion will take place on three levels: systematic discussion of recent research in physics and mathematics; historical inquiry into the dramatic development of contingency as a metaphysical concept during the Middle Ages; and discussion of the results of work and their import for modern Weltenschauung with a number of scholars in business, law and letters. Culminating in a broad public symposium to integrate group efforts, discussion, the publication of monographic studies, the formation of multidisciplinary courses, and advancement of the connectivity of other related SophiaEuropa initiatives. The Theologische Fakultät Paderborn provides matching funds.