Simon Maria Kopf Receives the 2021-2023 Expanded Reason Award

This summer, Dr. Simon Maria Kopf, Associate Professor of Fundamental Theology at ITI, was one of four academics to receive the VI edition of the Expanded Reason Award, hosted by The Expanded Reason Institute, with his latest work “Reframing Providence: New Perspectives from Aquinas on the Divine Action Debate.” He was nominated in the research category for “excellence in research and teaching, in order to promote integration between disciplines and highlight the importance of the ‘expanded reason’ promoted by Benedict XVI.”


The Expanded Reason Institute is a recognized promoter of the dialogue between Science and Philosophy and Theology. The Expanded Reason Awards, organized by the Francisco de Vitoria University in collaboration with the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Foundation, recognized with four prizes of €25,000 those researchers and university professors who dialogue from their science with philosophy and/or theology, with the goal of promoting “dialogue between disciplines and in particular those that can provide answers to anthropological, epistemological, ethical and meaning questions, where science cannot answer by itself.”


Academics from 15 countries and 63 institutions and/or universities participated in the selection process, which began in 2021 and concluded in April 2023. An international jury, made up of six referees specializing in various fields of the Humanities and Sciences, met for deliberation and review, as well as an exchange session. After thorough discussion between scientists and humanists, the jury met on July 4 for the final evaluation, in the course of which four winners were selected, Dr. Kopf among them.


The official award ceremony will be held in October 2023 at a venue to be determined.