Research

Today, the Centre Sèvres continues the rich tradition of research in patristics of the French Jesuits, which has had a profound impact on the life and Catholic theology of our time. Its Jesuit inspiration naturally leads it not only to Ignatian spirituality, but also to a vibrant interdisciplinary reflection on ethical issues, especially in relation to ecological and biomedical questions. A group of researchers at the Centre Sèvres is developing innovative approaches to theology by listening attentively to people in great difficulty or on the margins of society. Researchers in philosophy are involved in new approaches to phenomenology, in the study of mysticism, and in the anthropological questions raised by neuroscience. And many other subjects…

Currently in Centre Sèvres :
50 staff active in research /
45 PhD students

 

Examples of research seminars:

  • The narrative exegesis of the Bible
  • Theology learning from the poorest and most marginalized
  • The book of Isaiah in patristic exegesis
  • Algorithms and decision-making: anthropological, spiritual, ethical and societal issues
  • Forgiveness in all its forms
  • Men and women in the Church

 

Recent theses include:

  • Innovative philosophical studies of Michel Henry, and Paul Ricoeur
  • Explorations of the future of palliative care, and of a political theology adapted to the Anthropocene
  • Theological reflections on the apparitions at “Rue du Bac”, and on the notion of vulnerability

 

Jesuit inspiration

The Centre Sèvres draws on the heritage of great French Jesuit thinkers such as: Henri de Lubac and Jean Daniélou in theology; Xavier Léon-Dufour and Paul Beauchamp on the Bible; Gaston Fessard and François Marty in philosophy; Michel de Certeau on spirituality and cultural studies.

 

Research resources

4 specialized chairs

  • Chair of Ecumenical Theology : Teaching and research to facilitate mutual understanding between Christian churches and to promote ecumenical dialogue.
  • Jean Rodhain Chair : Courses and research on charity and justice in the spirit of Mgr Jean Rodhain, founder of Secours catholique (Caritas France), in collaboration with the Jean Rodhain Foundation.
  • Franciscan Chair of Paris : Courses on the Franciscan tradition, in collaboration with the Franciscan School of Paris.
  • Teilhard de Chardin Chair : Continuing work, within a setting of university philosophy and theology, on the kinds of reflection initiated by Teilhard.

A specialist library in philosophy, theology, and religious studies

  • 400,000 volumes, 7,000 of which are on open access
  • 850 periodicals
  • Heritage and university collections, including: the Jesuitica collection: 40,000 volumes on the history of the Society of Jesus and on Ignatian spirituality / the Philosophy collection: 40,000 volumes, with particular strengths in in German philosophy and 17th century European philosophy.w

Two series of publications : Editions Facultés jésuites de Paris ; Cahiers Médiasèvres

Two international research journals : Recherches de sciences religieuses (RSR) ; Archives de Philosophie

 

Membership of the Kircher Network

The Centre Sèvres actively contributes to various research projects among European Jesuit faculties. In particular, it participates in the work of the Kircher Network (the European network of Jesuit institutions of higher education), especially on the themes of anthropology, Ignatian studies, ecology and the dialogue between science and religion.