Raimon Panikkar and science

Session by Miquel Feixas Feixas, Physicist, professor of Computer Science at the University of Girona.

It should be remembered that Raimon Panikkar, besides being a philosopher and theologian, has a solid scientific background -Doctorate in chemistry- and in his work he often addresses the meaning of science and its discourse on reality, in relation to other forms of knowledge. In his first articles, in the 40’s, we find more than one about science: “Biomathematical science”, “Entropy and the end of the world”, “Scientific indeterminism”, “Max Planck”, “The physical unity of time”, “The atom of time”, “The nature of physical-mathematical science”….

In his library, now in the Raimon Panikkar Library Collection, we find many books of science and about science, and it is clear that Panikkar was up to date with the new physics - Einstein, Schrödinger, Bohr, Heisenberg, Planck, Bohm … Thus, a very interesting line of research is the presence of science in his work. But it is also recurrent, a harsh criticism of technocracy as a form of power that imposes a single and reduced way of living and seeing the world.

Miquel Feixas, physicist and professor of computer science at the University of Girona, focused on reading one of Panikkar’s latest books, La puerta estrecha del conocimiento. Sentidos, razón y fe, Herder, Barcelona, 2009, to put on the table all these issues and especially to deepen the dialogue between science and religion.

See the document that was generated for this interesting and stimulating session.