Call for papers: Intellectual virtues for interdisciplinary research in Science and the Big Questions

Editors: Claudia E. Vanney and Ignacio Aguinalde (Instituto de Filosofía, Universidad Austral, Argentina)


The goal of the proposed Special Issue of Scientia et Fides is to investigate the benefits of cultivating specific intellectual virtues to facilitate collaborative research at the intersection of science, philosophy and theology.

The study and understanding of fundamental questions cannot be addressed by a single discipline. In particular, research in science and religion requires both a theology committed to science and a science open to theological questions. Nevertheless, since each discipline works under a specific theoretical framework, with its own methods and procedures, interdisciplinary research is possible but not easy. A plurality of insights needs to be integrated or coordinated in order to allow for mutual enrichment in collaborative work. The challenge is significant, since interdisciplinary research requires not only learning new contents from a different discipline but also leading an epistemic plurality through a collaborative process involving social cognition.

Papers submitted for review will address the importance of second-personal relatedness in interdisciplinary research, with a special focus on the present state of the art of debates on the intellectual virtues which facilitate: (a) a gradual construction of a common language among scholars with different areas of expertise; (b) a recognition of the diversity of approaches that frame disciplinary contributions; (c) the mutual appreciation and respect among the members of a research team; (d) an attitude of openness and trust among researchers, which is necessary to ensure an attitude of constant openness and the desire to learn from others.

Interdisciplinary papers that include empirical research are also welcome. In particular, if they seek to build a bridge between some intellectual virtues studied by virtue epistemology (e.g., openness and intellectual humility) and some cognitive-emotional traits studied by cognitive psychology (e.g., empathy, mainly in its cognitive dimension of perspective taking, cognitive flexibility), since these characteristics can be evaluated and, with certain limits, also trained.

In recent years, the study of intellectual virtues has been deepened, opening new perspectives to understand the intellectual character required by interdisciplinary research. So, this issue will constitute an excellent opportunity to have a more sophisticated discussion on questions such as: (a) determining which model –e.g. causal or otherwise– best fits the interaction between particular virtues and interdisciplinary work; (b) analyzing empirical studies that confirm or disconfirm these theoretical possibilities; (c) establishing accurate distinctions between certain intellectual virtues in order to understand more precisely the role they play in collaborative epistemic work; (d) carefully considering counterexamples in which certain intellectual vices at the individual level seem to result in a benefit to scientific progress at the group level.

Contributions in English, Spanish, Polish, German, French, Italian, or Portuguese, addressing abovementioned or related topics, may be submitted (after registration) on the journal’s website:

For further information, please contact the editors of the Journal at:

Submission deadline: 31 May 2022.

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