PHILOSOPHICAL MEETINGS 2018 Aquinas painted by Ghirlandaio
University of Navarra
Central Building, Aula Magna
Pamplona, 26-27 April 2018



Intelligence and will play a key role in the thought of Thomas Aquinas. They are the most specific faculties in a person, and therefore modulate the best of the person's life, work and aim. They allow us to learn the truth and to love what is good. It's plenitude is also the maximum perfection of the act of being, for «to live is to be for the living» and «the act of the intellect is life». Divine intelligence and will are the origin of everything created and, therefore, truth and good are transcendentals, for all reality is commensurated with its provenance. For this reason, intelligence and will are in the nucleus of the history of philosophy, and Aquinas's contributions in Metaphysics, Ethics, Anthropology or Theory of Knowledge are closely linked to his thoughts on intelligence and will.

This aspect of Thomistic philosophy can be seen, on the one hand, in the most specific of Thomas's teaching. The analogy of the actus essendi and the diversity of categories are originated, for Thomas Aquinas, in God's own intelligence and will capacities. Besides, the character and richness of knowledge and moral life, as they are developed in Thomistic thought, lie also in intelligence and will. And the harmony between nature and liberty, between natural and supernatural order, between philosophy and theology, is possible thanks to the specifics of both faculties.

On the other hand, the importance of intelligence and will in Aquinas's doctrine arises too from the relevance both hold in the history of thought and, therefore, in the main controversies that Thomas had to face in his time, like the unicity of intellect and the immortality of the individual; the relation between philosophy and theology; or the character of moral perfection. Hence, historical perspective also helps understand Thomas Aquinas's contributions to our understanding of intelligence and of will.

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Navarra and Fundación Tomás de Aquino, organising bodies of these LIV Philosophical Meetings, invite Thomist scholars to present and debate their own contributions in this field.



Director: Prof. Dr. Enrique Alarcón (Universidad de Navarra)
Assistant Director: Prof. Dr. Piotr Roszak (Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń)
Secretary: Prof. Dr. M. Idoya Zorroza (Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca)


Ms. Raquel Goñi
Secretary of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Navarra
Campus Universitario S/N
E-31009 Pamplona
Email address:
Phone number: (+34) 948425600 Extension: 802404

Organizing Bodies:

University of Navarra
Fundación Tomás de Aquino

Cooperating Entities:

Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM)
Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP)
Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics (SMLM)
Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME)
Thomas Aquinas International Society (SITA)
Instituto Santo Tomás (Fundación Balmesiana, Barcelona)
Instytut Tomistyczny (Warsaw)
Red Latinoamericana de Filosofía Medieval (RLFM)
International Council of Universities in the Spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas (ICUSTA)



Researchers interested in the topics dealt with in the congress are invited to present paper proposals, including title and a 250 words summary. The proposal must be sent as an attachment in an email to the conference director, Prof. Enrique Alarcón < > before March 1. Only after the acceptance of the communication should the corresponding inscription be formalised.

The presentation of the communication, in person or telematic, should not exceed 20 minutes.

In order to do a telematic presentation of an accepted communication, it's author should record a video in digital format and send it before April 1 to the secretariat of the congress, following the instructions that will be given after registering the corresponding form ( modality 2, explained as follows).


Congress registration modalities are:

  1. In-person participation including communication presentation. Open until March 31 ( fees: 40€).
  2. Telematic participation including communication presentation. Open until March 15 ( fees: 50€).
  3. In-person participation without communication presentation ( fees: until March 31, 50€; after April 1, 100€).
  4. Telematic presentation without communication presentation ( fees: 30€).

Telematic participation allows for the online watching of the recorded presentations and communications, as well as of telematic presentations. The latter will be recorded by their authors and sent to the congress secretariat. Further instructions will be given to registered participants.

Registration for all members of the University of Navarra (both staff and students) will be free until March 15. After that there will be a 50% discount. This will also be applicable to members of Fundación Tomás de Aquino and to collaborators of the Corpus Thomisticum Project.

A 50% discount will also be applicable to:

Those students of the University of Navarra who wish to convalidate 1 ECTS credit for their assistance to the Philosophical Meetings have to register as such and pay the corresponding university fees. They will send an essay on any of the topics debated in the presentations, with a minimum of 1.500 words, to the director of the Conference, Prof. Enrique Alarcón < > before May 5. Students of Year 4 of the Degree in Philosophy at the University of Navarra who present a communication could get a further 1 ECTS credit. They will register as such and pay only the corresponding university fees.


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Registration modality:

In-person participation including paper presentation (40 €)

Telematic participation including paper presentation (50 €)

In-person participation without paper presentation (50 €)

Telematic presentation without paper presentation (30 €)


Lecturers, employees and students of the University of Navarra. No registration fees until March 15.

Members of Fundación Tomás de Aquino or collaborators of the Corpus Thomisticum Project. No registration fees until March 15.

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Fees must be met before April 10 either by direct payment or bank transfer to our account:

A copy of the transfer's receipt must be sent to Ms. Raquel Goni < >, with the heading: «Philosophical Meetings 2018».


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Map of the University of Navarra campus in Pamplona

Map of the University of Navarra campus in Pamplona

Main sessions will take place in Aula Magna of the Edificio Central (Central Building) of the University of Navarra [coordinates: 42.801336, -1.660085].

Central Building of the de la University of Navarra

You can have breakfast or lunch at any of the Cafés on campus. Beside this, opposite the Edificio Central you can find the Comedores Universitarios (University Canteens) [coordinates: 42.800191, -1.660937], also with varied menus at good prices:

University Canteens of the University of Navarra

The biggest public car park at the University is only 600m from Edificio Central, situated opposite the Sports Centre ( Polideportivo) [coordinates: 42.798738, -1.653287].

Sports Centre of the University of Navarra public car park

You may want to book accommodation through one of many dedicated webpages, as, for instance:

Alternatively, «Viajes El Corte Inglés» can help you with accommodation, counting with some good offers for participants in activities at the University of Navarre. Please contact:

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Universidad de Navarra - Departamento de Filosofía   Fundación Tomás de Aquino

        Instytut Tomistyczny (Warsawa)                 The Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics                 Società Internazionale Tommaso d'Aquino (SITA)                 International Council of Universities in the Spirit of St Thomas Aquinas (ICUSTA)                 Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM)                 Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME)                 The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy                 Instituto Santo Tomás, Fundación Balmesiana, Barcelona                 Red Latinoamericana de Filosofía Medieval        

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