Dr Ignacio Silva

Research Fellow

Ignacio Silva is Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College and the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religion. His main research interest lay on science and religion, in particular on historical developments of the understanding of God’s activity in the world in relation to the study of nature, philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. In addition, he works on the science and religion in Latin America, directing research projects on the region. He has lectured on Historical Studies on Science and Religion, and offers tutorials on Aquinas’s thought, Philosophy of Religion, and Science and Religion. He is the editor of Latin American Perspectives on Science and Religion (Pickering and Chatto, 2014), author of numerous articles, and has translated into Spanish works by Thomas Aquinas and Siger of Brabant. He obtained his Masters and DPhil from Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar at Harris Manchester College.

Selected publications include (a full list is available here):

I. Silva, “Divine Action and Thomism. Why Thomas Aquinas’s Thought is Attractive Today”, Acta Philosohica (2016) 25:1, 65-83.

I. Silva, “A Cause among Causes. God Acting in the Natural World”, European Journal for the Philosophy of Religion (2015) 7:4, 99-114.

I. Silva, “Providence, Contingency, and the Perfection of the Universe”, Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences (2015) 2:2, 137-157.

I. Silva, “Science and Religion in Latin America. Developments and Prospects”, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (2015) 50:2, 480-502.

I. Silva, “Revisiting Aquinas on Providence and Rising to the Challenge of Divine Action in Nature”, The Journal of Religion (2014) 94:3, 277-291.

I. Silva, “Great Minds Think (Almost) Alike. Thomas Aquinas and Alvin Plantinga on Divine Action in Nature”, Philosophia Reformata (2014) 79, 8-20.


Contact Details
Postal Address
Harris Manchester College
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