Co, Fr. Miranda, Philosophy faculty and alumni present in ACU

Prof. Alfredo P. Co, PhD, former Chair of the Department of Philosophy, delivered a keynote address in the recently held conference in the Australian Catholic University. The conference, which bore the theme “Civil Society and Human Formation: Philosophy’s Role in a Renewed Understanding of the Meaning of Education,” was held from July 20-22, 2015. Co’s keynote speech focused on “Confucian Secular Formation and Catholic Education: (Or the Spiritual Education of the Jun Zi.”

Leading the paper presenters was Fr. Jesus M. Miranda, Jr., O.P., PhD, Regent of the College of Education and Editor of the Philippiniana Sacra. Fr. Miranda presented the paper “Living the Dominican Charism in Education in the Philippines: A Grounded Theory Approach.” He likewise presented the paper “Constructivism in the Nontraditional System of Education.”Representing the faculty members of the Department of Philosophy were Jecko Bello, who talked on “Paul Ricoeur’s Paradigm of Translation: The Role of Philosophy and Education in the Secular Society,” and Milagros Arrevillaga, PhD, who talked about “Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) Involvement and Its Relation to the Spiritual Growth of a Selected Group of Filipino Urban Youth.”

Philosophy alumni likewise presented in the conference:

  • Ranier Carlo V. Abengaña – The Commodification of Education: Adorno’s Theorie der Halbbilding and the Dialectic of Freedom and Unfreedom
  • Kelly Agra – The world as “Is” and the world as “Ought”: Cogitating Contemporary Knowledge through Alain Badlou
  • Guillermo R. Dionisio – Liberal Education and Learning Forgiveness in Secular Society
  • Czara Loraine Dy – Understanding Mary Wollstonecraft and Paulo Freire’s Critique of Oppressive Education through the Implications of TOFI in the Philippines
  • Tracy Ann Llanera – Redemption in a Secular Age

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