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Focusing on philosophy and religious thought and practice from antiquity to the present day, the IRCI promotes collaborative research on religion and philosophy from multiple disciplinary perspectives in an international context.
Our researchers explore the interrelationships that religion and philosophy have with their cultural and intellectual contexts, and in so doing contribute to contemporary theological, philosophical, ethical, and political debates. The institute’s aim is to advance understanding of our world and to imagine ways to improve it.
Our world-leading research environment attracts international scholars and students from across disciplines such as philosophy, classics, history, literature, religion, and theology. We are the fastest-growing centre for the study of the premodern world with rapidly expanding programs in philosophy, medieval and early modern studies, new testament, and early Christianity.
Scholars from around the world unite at our Rome Campus for the IRCI seminar series each year. These seminars are an opportunity for researchers to collaborate and discuss critical questions to advance research in philosophy, religion, and theology.Browse seminars
We aim to study ‘modes of knowing’ constructed by Greek, Latin and Syriac Christians 100-700 CE in relation to contemporary theological, philosophical, medical and rhetorical discourses, social practices (asceticism, pilgrimage, liturgies), imperial and institutional power structures, and the material world of early Christianity (relics, sacred texts).Explore project
The project will address the question: How did the earliest Christian communities employ texts and traditions ascribed to a sacred past to negotiate issues relating to their identity – who they were, why they existed, how they differed from others?Explore project
An interdisciplinary team will explore the intersections between atheism and Christianity in discourse, experience (drawing upon phenomenology), and politics. The project aims to clarify what atheism and Christianity might learn from each other, and to develop a new way of thinking about the place of religion in contemporary society.Explore project
Widespread disagreement about moral issues is a salient feature of moral thought and discourse in contemporary pluralistic societies. This project explores the metaphysical, epistemological, and practical implications of moral disagreement and whether deep and fundamental moral disagreements can be overcome.Explore project