Meeting location and date

The conference will be held in Lublin, November 19, 2011 at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, auditorium C-1031.


Hosted by

  • Institute of the Philosophy of Nature and the Natural Sciences, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, and
  • The Section of Philosophy of Nature and the Natural Sciences of the Polish Philosophical Society


Purpose and Scope

All of the significant achievements of science and technology have led to a situation where it became a necessity to take the most basic issues. The present situation, when the study of material reality reached the level of the structures of nanometre scale, is not an exclusion. Thus, the door has been opened for an effective manipulation of the subtle components of reality, for building nanosystems, which purpose will be extended from medical treatment, through improving the quality of life, to military applications. Achievements already made and planned to be made in these areas demand philosophical reflection. This conference will be a good opportunity for bringing important questions, answers to which must be sought in the future.

The list of the issues to be discussed is open. Its final contents will result from the proposals received and approved by the Program Committee of the Conference.


Contributed Communications are expected in the following topics:

  • the living arrangements of the smallest sizes,
  • nanometre-scale diagnostic and therapeutic devices,
  • hybrid systems of minimal size.

Another area of interesting considerations would comprise such questions as: whether nanoscience can contribute to discussions relating to the nature of links between life and consciousness, the boundaries of permissible interference of nanotechnology with the biotic structures and functions, benefits and risks of using nanoscience and nanotechnology in medicine, and also the consequences of the development of nanotechnology and its applications for the environment. Those enumerated sample questions and issues are expected to be taken by Participants.

The submission of abstracts for contributed communications will be open until April 30, 2011.

Proceeding of the conference will be published as a consecutive volume of the series Filozofia Przyrody i Nauk Przyrodniczych (Philosophy of Nature and the Natural Sciences).

The conference is dedicated to the memory of Rev. Prof. Włodzimierz Sedlak in the 100th anniversary of his birth.




We sincerely invite everyone interested to participate in the conference