Centre Sèvres

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Centre Sèvres
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Type School of philosophy and theology
Established 1974; 43 years ago (1974)
Students 250/graduate
Location 35bis, rue de Sèvres
Paris, France
Affiliations Jesuit Catholic
Website Centre Sèvres

The Centre Sèvres is a university-level, Jesuit faculty of philosophy and theology in Sèvres, in the heart of Paris, established in 1974 from the Jesuit schools of philosophy at Lyon-Fourvière and philosophy at Chantilly. It is no longer restricted to Jesuits but welcomes men and women, lay and religious.


Pursuant to the Apostolic Constitution of Pope John Paul II on Catholic Universities and Ecclesiastical Faculties (Sapientia Christiana) of April 15, 1979, and the ordinances of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the canonical statutes of the Center were approved by Rome on June 18, 1986. The licentiate, master's degree, and PhD are offered in both philosophy and theology. The school of philosophy includes special emphases on aesthetics, biomedical ethics, and public ethics and international perspectives, while hosting the Ricci Institute of Chinese Studies. The school of theology includes studies in ancient languages and patristic studies, religions and cultures, and spirituality and religious life.[1]

There are approximately 250 students from 40 nations in the degree programs along with around 1,750 auditors, with many from the United States.[2][3] There are about 40 regular and 90 guest lecturers, from several European countries.[4]

The Center organizes conferences on various topics, such as "Islam and Christianity what dialogue is possible?"[5] and "Called in the heart of the world with the heart of God" on secular institutes,[6] along with symposia – "The Jesuits Today".[7]

Library and publications[edit]

On site or in filing Vanves there are 190,000 volumes and 850 periodicals, many in English, German, Spanish, and Italian, including manuscripts and printed books from the 16th through 18th centuries. Most of the books deal with theology – Biblical exegesis, fundamental and dogmatic theology, new theological currents, interreligious dialogue, ecumenism, morality and ethics, spirituality, history of religions, church history, history of religious orders – and philosophy – ancient, modern, and contemporary. The Jesuit collection contains over 40,000 volumes on Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit history, many going back to the originals. There is also a reference room with 7,000 volumes.[8]

The Center publishes two journals, Recherches de sciences religieuses and Archives de philosophie and has its own publishing house.[9]

Coordinates: 48°51′02″N 2°19′33″E / 48.85056°N 2.32583°E / 48.85056; 2.32583