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What is "forum-boundary-questions"?

This website is closely related to a network of scientists and academics involved in interdisciplinary research. They meet at least twice a year, discuss the expanding landscape of topics that emerge, prepare conferences for a broader public, and provide most of the content you find behind the button "Themen".
Unfortunately it is not possible to translate these numerous articles in English. But at least you should get some notion of what "forum-boundary-questions" is doing.


Forum-boundary-questions is pursuing three goals:

Creation of a network for academicians who take part in interdisciplinary work. The experts of Forum-Boundary-Questions are the core of an increasing network. They are well prepared to consult students who are working on their dissertations or theses, and who are invited to join the network. The already existing working-group of colleagues of all German Catholic academies working in this interdisciplinary field is another part of our network.
Discussion of a particular topic prepared by guest speakers. The main topics are epistemologically focussed on the examining the identity of a certain discipline, its boundaries, and whether or not there are bridges to other disciplines. How can we transfer the situation of a mere juxtaposition into a constructive dialogue? Therefore, we methodologically restrict our work to these fundamental questions. As a consequence, we are not dealing directly with bio-ethical problems, however important they are for our society. We may, however, prepare some topics as a run-up to the discourse on bio-ethics. In the year 2004 we will discuss the concept of “person”, a fundamental basis for the question: When does human life begin? This is a very important question within the stem-cell-debate as well as within inter-religious dialogue.
Providing the results of the forum for a broader public. In between the meetings of the expert forum, several conferences discuss the results of the expert forum with a broader public. On the other hand, the conferences also have impact on the expert forum. So, there is an interrelationship between Forum-Boundary-Questions and the public. Eventually, most of the lectures will be published on our website,, and some of them will also appear in books and on TV or radio.

Examples of the forum's topics

2001: "Experience" in Science and Theology
2002: "Information": A Bridge between Science, Philosophy and Theology? [more]
2003: "Self-organization": About Whitehead, Process-Theology and Modern Sciences
2004: The Concept of "Person"


This website complements the forum discussion, networking and information. It provides:

an electronic newspaper service that collects the full texts of relevant articles from over 130 reputable German newspapers [Presseschau]
fundamental academic texts and multimedia streaming media dealing with the dialogue between sciences, philosophy, and theology (ranging from epistemology and philosophy of science to a diverse spectrum of special topics). When printed, the latest version contains over 1000 pages. [Themen]
most important ecclesiastical material reflecting the dialogue (e.g. texts of Vatican I and II, papal texts, relevant passages of catechisms, bishops’ speeches etc.) [Kirchliches]
last not least a list, a biography and bibliography of our scholars to allow interested people to contact them. [forum-grenzfragen]

forum-boundary-questions and LSI

The idea of a well-founded Dialogue between science, philosophy and theology corresponds with the ideas of the local societies initiative that provides three-year grants to fund start-up costs for dialogue groups. Since 2002 forum-boundary-question belongs to this international program. Besides the three-year grant we recieved a supplementary grant in 2003. Thanks to all who put their trust in our work.

Local Societies Initiative For the Constructive Engagement of Science and Religion

Even more interesting than the financial support is the global network. The annual Conference near Philadelphia is a great opportunity to contact other members of the local societies initiative. Already now we are looking forward to attending the next years Conference!

Members of forum-boundary-questions


Achtner, Dr. Wolfgang Hochschulpfarrer Uni Giessen. Interdisziplinäre Schwerpunkte: Zeitkonzepte, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Chaostheorie, Wissenschaftsethik

Audretsch, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Physiker an der Universität Konstanz

Baumann, Prof. Dr. Urs Institut für Ökumenische Forschung, Tübingen. Interdisziplinäre Schwerpunkte: u.a. Nachchristliche Religiosität und Christentum, Analyse religiöser Gegenwartssprache, Naturwissenschaften und Transzendenz, Ökumenische/Interreligiöse Methodik und Dialogpraxis.

Benk, Prof. Dr. Andreas Abt. Kath. Theologie an der PH Schwäbisch-Gmünd; Schwerpunkte: u.a. Verhältnis von Theologie und Naturwissenschaften (Geschichte und gegenwärtiger Dialog)

Berg, Dr. Christian Dipl.-Phys., Dr. theol. - Mitarbeiter am Institut für Technische Mechanik der TU Clausthal. Schwerpunkte: u.a. Grenzfragen zwischen Naturwissenschaft/Technik und Philosophie/Theologie

Bien, Prof. Dr. Günther Philosoph an der Uni Stuttgart. Schwerpunkte: Philosophie der Antike und des 18./19. Jahrhunderts, Ethik, Politische Philosophie, Anthropologie, Philosophische Ästhetik, Begriffsgeschichte


Federspiel, Dr. Martin Wiss. MA am Planetarium Freiburg. Schwerpunkte: interdisziplinären Planetariumsprogramme u.a. zur Entwicklung des Universums, Evolution des Lebens, Rolle des Menschen im Kosmos, Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften.

Hellbardt, Dr. Günter Physiker. Schwerpunkte: Wissenschaftspolitik, Wissenschaftsethik

Kather, Prof. Dr. Regine Philosophin. Schwerpunkte: Naturphilosophie in Auseinandersetzung mit Metaphysik, Ontologie und den empirischen Wissenschaften; Themen wie "Zeit", "Leben", Anthropologie

Kummer, Prof. Dr. Christian Inst. f. naturwiss. Grenzfragen. Schwerpunkte: Organismisches Werden, bioethische Fragen

Mutschler, Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Natur- und Technikphilosoph. Schwerpunkte: Naturphilosophie, Technikphilosophie und -ethik

Peitz, Dr. Heinz-Hermann Theologe. Schwerpunkte: Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie, Dialog Naturwissenschaft - Theologie

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