Cecilia Deane-Drummond: "What is Human Wisdom? An Interrogation of Posthuman Futures in Transhuman Evolutionary Discourse"
This paper uses transhuman claims for the evolutionary development of human persons through technology towards a superior species, Technosapians or posthuman as a starting point for discussion about the meaning of human wisdom. I will suggest that transhumanity illuminates what human wisdom is by showing in a graphic way what it is not, and also why it is neccessary to develop a strong notion of human wisdom, not only to safeguard the future of the human, but also to adjudicate where science is tempted towards scientism, or theology to dogmatism. While the basis for the claims of transhumanity rests on Enlightenment dreams of progress and humanist claims for the improvement of the human condition, the stress on the possibility of immortality through technology opens up a claim for asecularised account of eschatology and 'ensoulment' through computer technology. This paper will seek to develop an evolutionary account of human wisdom that weaves in a theological appreciated of the meaning of wisdom as virtue, drawing particularly on the thought of Thomas Aquinas.
2008 July 15
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