Theology and Philosophy

Research project: Anthropos in the Antipodes

Anthropos in the Antipodes is a research project of Australian Catholic University, linked with the Anthropos research group in Belgium.

Anthropos in the Antipodes Project Leaders

  • Professor Kevin Hart, FAHA (Project consultant)
  • Assoc. Prof. Robyn Horner (Member, International Board, Anthropos Project)
  • Assoc. Prof. Patrick McArdle (Member, International Board, Anthropos Project)
  • Dr. David Kirchhoffer (Project Officer)


The Research Group Anthropos has been established at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as a major funded project for 2011-2016. It is led by Prof. Lieven Boeve, Dean, Faculty of Theology, Prof. Dr. Yves De Maeseneer, and Dr. Ellen Van Stichel, and involves an international team of researchers. Broadly, the project considers the following questions:

What does it mean to be human? Recent socio-political, cultural, and ecological developments have provoked new challenges with often one-sided views of humanity. These views quickly get a hold both of public opinion and of the socio-cultural context in which people and their communities establish their identities. Recent developments in bio-medical sciences and technology (eg. DNA research, cloning, etc.) lead to philosophical and ethical controversies. At stake is the question 'Who/What is humanity?' Psychology, economics, sociology, philosophy,... appear to overthrow traditional concepts of humanity.

Within this context, theology is challenged to formulate an inspiring response. Anthropos is an interdisciplinary project of fundamental theologians and theological ethicists seeking to develop a renewed theological anthropology rooted in the Christian tradition and in dialogue with contemporary science and philosophy. With the traditional triptych of creation, sin/grace, and redemption as its guiding light, it aims at developing a coherent foundational vision.