Course on Faith and Science by Dr Colette Sciberras
Monday 15th April 2019 - Monday 13th May 2019

The course will begin with a tour of the conceptual and historical opposition between religious faith and science. It will focus in depth on the first principles of philosophy, and the way these were incorporated into modern science, divested of their traditional and religious implications. Human experience in space and time will be considered extensively, especially in relation to what we know from contemporary biology and physics.

Regarding faith, this will be considered in two different ways: as assent to the truth of a proposition, and as a virtue, in the Aristotelian, Buddhist and Christian senses. The course is intended to allow students to think more clearly about religious faith in relation to contemporary scientific understanding of the world, and to form their own conclusions about whether the two can be reconciled.

Colette Sciberras completed her doctorate in Philosophy at Durham University in 2010, with a thesis entitled Buddhist Philosophy and the ideals of Environmentalism.

Dr. Sciberras currently teaches Philosophy at the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar, where she has also introduced an accredited program in ‘Mind Yoga’ (Buddhist Meditation). She also teaches Philosophy for Children at Maria Regina College Middle School.

Amongst her publications are a couple of peer- reviewed articles and a few chapters in edited collections in Malta, India and the UK. Her most recent contribution is the first chapter in a collection on Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics (For all to Flourish; edited by Laura Hartman, Oxford University Press, 2018). In September 2018, she was invited to present a paper at a Symposium on Inter-religious Dialogue at Dublin City University.

Public Talk - Wednesday 8th May 2019
Income generation and distribution -
Some issues in public policy formulation and implementation
By Prof E P Delia

Governments strive to attain several objectives pertaining to Income generation and its distribution in a society. These objectives are interrelated and have political, social and economic connotations for all. Such objectives have to be reached in particular international and national contexts. At times trade-offs among these objectives may be inevitable.

This presentation addresses such a historically-evolving array of objectives and illustrates them in the context of Malta’s society and economy. Malta is a member of the European Union and of its Economic and Monetary Union, which memberships delineate the policy tools available for the decision-makers to attain the set objectives.

E.P. Delia held posts in academia, public sector institutions and private organisations. He has published extensively on macroeconomic issues, demographic topics and sectoral studies, with particular reference to Malta’s economy. (Latest publication: EVALUATING MALTA’S POLITICAL ECONOMY – 2017). He is a former director of the Central Bank of Malta, Chairman of Mid-Med Bank plc, and Chairman of APS Bank. He is the Chairman of Mercury plc and Amalgamated Investments SICAV.

The talk will be delivered in ENGLISH and will take place on Wednesday 8th May, 2019 between 19.00 and 20.30, at the Volunteer Centre, 181, Melita Str., Valletta.

Everyone is invited.
The event is free of charge.

Courses held by the organization have a small fee. See below for more details:

               Members of the foundation, registered students, and senior citizens only                 contribute €15 for courses held.  

               Non-members: €25


Talks held by Philosophy Sharing Malta are free of charge.  

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