Ignacio Silva


Academic Summary

  • DPhil, Theology (Science and Religion), Oxon.
  • MSt, Theology (Science and Religion), Oxon.
  • PhL, Licence degree, Philosophy (Pontifical University of Argentina)
Dr Ignacio Silva is Research Fellow at the Philosophy Institute, Universidad Austral, and an Associate Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford. His main research interests are the philosophy of religion, in particular issues concerning divine providence in relation to what the natural sciences have to say about indeterminism in nature. He worked at the IRC 2010-2017 co-directing with Dr Andrew Pinsent the Centre’s projects for Latin America.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of religion
  • Science and religion
  • History of the relations of science and religion
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Divine providence


  • Philosophy Institute, Universidad Austral (Research Fellow
  • Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford (Associate Member)
  • International Society for Science and Religion (Fellow)
  • Cátedra Francisco José Ayala de Ciencia, Tecnología y Religión, Pontificia Universidad de Comillas (Associate Member)
  • Grupo de Investigación Ciencia, Razón y Fe, Universidad de Navarra (Associate Member)


  • “Thomas Aquinas on Natural Contingency and Providence”, in Karl Giberson (ed.), Abraham’s Dice: Chance and Providence in the Monotheistic Traditions, Oxford University Press, 2016
  • “Divine Action and Thomism. Why Thomas Aquinas’s Thought is Attractive Today”, Acta Philosophica 25:1, 65-83, 2016
  • “A Cause among Causes. God Acting in the Natural World”, European Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 7:4, 99-114, 2015
  • “Providence, Contingency, and the Perfection of the Universe”, Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 2:2, 137-157, 2015
  • “Science and Religion in Latin America. Developments and Prospects”, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 50:2, 480-502, 2015
  • “Revisiting Aquinas on Providence and Rising to the Challenge of Divine Action in Nature”, The Journal of Religion 94:3, 277-291, 2014
  • (2014) “Great Minds Think (Almost) Alike. Thomas Aquinas and Alvin Plantinga on Divine Action in Nature”, Philosophia Reformata 79, 8-20, 2014