Human Distinctiveness: Wisdom's Deep Evolution

Human Distinctiveness: Wisdom's Deep Evolution
July 6-9, 2017

Tower Bridge In London

Call for Papers Deadline extended: February 22, 2017

How can we understand the human capacity for wisdom, where did it come from, and how did it emerge? This conference is the culmination of a transdisciplinary research project supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and led by Celia Deane-Drummond (Theology) and Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology) at the University of Notre Dame. The collaborative project between theology and evolutionary anthropology investigates the basic parameters of the evolutionary origins of human wisdom, defined as the pattern of successful complex decision-making in navigating social networks and dynamic niches in human communities. The project seeks to uncover ways of assessing and measuring the development of a distinctively human capacity for navigating social and material worlds, and to provide a concrete measurement for a kind of collaborative temporally and communicatively complex engagement with the social landscape. The research project also aims to explore how the integration of theological approaches into these questions might shape, facilitate, and change the ways these questions about human wisdom are answered.

Speakers include:  Tim Ingold, Wentzel van Huyssteen, Fiona Coward, Niels Gregersen, Karen Kilby, Jennifer French, Jeremy Kendal, Maureen Junker-Kenny, Aku Visala, and members of the project team.

The conference will be held at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway.


Open soon.


Please email with any questions.

The Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing is grateful for the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.