DIRECT SCIENCE / Education on the complexity of reality

A new high school website, edited by the DISF (Interdisciplinary Documentation of Science and Faith) research center, to guide, provide tools, directions and ways, and to suggest effective ways of dialogue between scientific thought and philosophy throughout the school community. and Catholic religion.

On October 22, 2021, the DISF Research Center (Interdisciplinary Documentation of Science and Faith) of the Papal University of the Holy Cross published the new DISF Educational website dedicated to the world of secondary education.
The site, completely free and without ads, offers teachers and students across a thousand websites, divided into four sections: Thematic routes, Big questions, Interdisciplinary topic video, Sure of meaning. A significant number of tools to address interdisciplinary topics that cover various subjects in the academic context, both in the scientific and humanities, including the teaching of the Catholic religion.
On the occasion of the public presentation of the DISF Educational during the Table Ronde entitled “Science, Society and New Generations”, held on 16 February 2022 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Education Sen Barbara Floridia illuminated. how schools should ‘educate’ children to live the network, to train young people for the work of the future. And this new platform is a valid help ”.
Msgr .. Stefano Russo, Secretary General of the CEI, Supporters of the project, instead noted how DISF confronts educational issues «which fall not only in the relationship between school and technology, but also in scientific knowledge, which is still too widespread. “DISF Educational is also a valid answer to the question of the significance we see in all generations.”1.

Sciences, Philosophy, Doctrine of the Catholic Religion

It is in fact during adolescence that the need to clarify the relationship between scientific descriptions and philosophical visions of reality is felt most urgently, perspectives that from a historical and theoretical point of view have a direct relationship in Western culture with the news of Jewish culture. – Christian revelation.
Going against schematic oppositions, but unfortunately still prevalent in public debate today, it must be acknowledged that scientific inquiry and philosophical-theological reflection are not two antithetical views, but two perspectives, all in their own way on the d Truth. Perhaps not a fashionable term, but nonetheless indispensable for any cognitive enterprise that wants to be stable, solid and credible.
In the dialogue between the different perspectives, however, the difference between the methodologies and the mutual irreducibility must be noted, and the differences must be put together in a broad framework that knows how to embrace complexity.
The school is, by its very vocation, the place where the intellectual formation of the young generations takes place and where critical judgment matures. The education of the complexity and the broadening of the horizon are thus two essential objectives of schooling, which, too often, fall on the necessary programs and the need for evaluations, and the failure to neglect the integral formation of the future citizens.
The unit of knowledge, which is at the same time the inspiration and purpose of DISF Educational, is therefore placed in this field, and uses essential tools to support the maturation process of the young people who are hopefully committed as human beings. cultivatedare able to place the specialized competencies (which the school and more generally the training courses should not offer) in a broader context of knowledge.

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Stefano Oliva
(Head of the DISF Educational Project and Researcher at the DISF Center. Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical Athenaeum S. Anselmo and Lecturer in the Quasar Institute for Advanced Design. He mainly deals with topics related to the philosophy of language and aesthetics )


  1. DISF Educational: when the dialogue between science and faith begins at school: At the Round Table were: Andrea Monda (Director of the Osservatore Romano), Luigino Bruni (Professor of Economics, LUMSA) and Letizia Davoli (Scientific Journalist, TV 2000).

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