Ignacio Lopez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 2, 1990. Throughout his childhood, he changed his place of residence many times due to the work of his parents. However, by the age of 16 he returned to his hometown, San Isidro, where he finished school in 2008.
Thanks to his philosophy teacher, who later become a colleague and dear friend, Lucas R. Padilla, during his last years of school Ignacio discovered his passion for the humanities, which quickly overcame his interest in physics and mathematics. Therefore, despite belonging to a family of businessmen, industrials and engineers, in 2009 he began his studies on Philosophy at the Catholic University of Argentina.
Since then, he considers himself in the constant pursuit of truth, which has always kept him in close contact with the beautiful processes of teaching and learning. In fact, Ignacio discovered his passion for lecturing immediately after finishing school, when he started to teach in both primary and secondary schools while studying at university. Years later, he would also begin to share the teaching and learning process with adults, lecturing at different universities and other institutions related with tertiary education.
Immediately after completing his degree in 2014, Ignacio decided to simultaneously begin a PhD in philosophy and a degree in Systematic Theology. Even though his long working hours as a professor in different humanistic subjects and as an independent researcher forced him to abandon his theological studies after three years, he successfully finished his PhD in Philosophy in 2019. Both his degree and PhD final dissertations received the highest mark and were subsequently published in book form in 2016 and 2020 respectively. After receiving his PhD in 2019, Ignacio travelled with his wife and new-born daughter to England, where he began an MA in Religious Studies at the University of Chester.
During these years, especially between 2015 and 2018, Ignacio also awarded different early-career scholarships while working as a formal researcher at the Catholic University of Argentina. After that, in 2019 he was invited to be part of a three-years research project which interest was to explore different understandings of human nature within ancient and medieval thought.
Because he has always felt strongly attracted by deep existential questions and everlasting research, apart from studying and writing Ignacio has also attended several meetings, congresses and symposiums of philosophy and theology at both national and international levels throughout his academic life. Indeed, he has always highly valued being able to dialogue and exchange ideas with new and interesting people, whom he considers dear fellows in the pursuit of truth.
His main scholarly interests include ethics and metaphysics, the mysteries of human nature, Christian history, especially the patristic period, and everything that has to do with the reality of love. In fact, most of his academic contributions, including talks, conferences and the publication of two books, one chapter of a book and more than ten articles, had been mainly devoted to the study of love, especially in the work of Augustine of Hippo, his most cherished author.
Ignacio has always expressed a quite optimistic worldview, underpinned by a strong and deep trust in the profound goodness of reality. Assuring that there is much more goodness out there than what we often believe, he is convinced that every single being, ontologically valuable and worthy in its own way, is out there with a purpose. Therefore, he is personally and professionally committed with the existential pursuit of the pure and perfect love, through which we are capable of loving all things for what they really are by truly acknowledging the mysterious order of reality and reproducing it on our own soul.
(2016) – Peregrinar en el amor ordenado: bienes creados y felicidad en Agustín de Hipona, Editorial Ágape, Buenos Aires, ISBN: 978-987-640-428-0.
(2020) – Aprendiendo a amar: elementos para el estudio del amor en Agustín de Hipona. Prólogo del Dr. José Luis Narvaja, S.J., Amazon. Available at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B.
ARTICLES & ESSAYS:
2020, Una aproximación al atractivo poder del mal, Bitácora Filosófica, N° 3.
2018, Amor y cuidado de la realidad – Reflexiones de Emilio Komar, Agustín de Hipona y el Magisterio de la Iglesia, Bitácora Filosófica, N° 1.
2017, Translate from italian: “La confessione di un delinquente: etiche rivali a confronto, in “Delitto e castigo” de Giorgio Faro, Tábano N° 12.
2017, Hermenéutica en la antigüedad tardía: Agustín de Hipona,Cuadernos Medievales, N° 22, 67-83.
2016, Uti y Frui – La doble dimensión del amor en el pensamiento de Agustín de Hipona, Cuadernos de Teología, Vol. 8, N° 2, 2016, Chile, 104-125.
2015, Agustín de Hipona y los bienes creados: el amor al mundo y su relación con la felicidad humana, Studium, ol. XIX, nro. 37.
2015, El trasfondo Hobbesiano del derecho penal del enemigo, Boletín de la Asociación de Estudios Hobbesianos, nro. 35.
2015, Agustín de Hipona: bienes creados y felicidad, Sapientia, Vol. 71, N° 237, 201-213.
2014, Gnoseología en Nicolás de Cusa: precisión y objetividad, Tábano,N° 10, 109-119.