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The Christian and the Transhumanist Desire for Transcendence: A Critical Evaluation

Feb 8 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Angelicum Thomistic Institute – Science & Religion Online Series

The Christian and the Transhumanist Desire for Transcendence: A Critical Evaluation

Mariusz Tabaczek, OP
Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas

8 February 2023
7:00  PM (Rome) / 6:00 PM (London) / 1:00 PM (New York)

Language: English

The utopian vision and messianic instinct of transhumanist and posthumanist movement reflect a true longing in the human soul. Yet, the Christian and the secular desire for the transcendent differ considerably. Speaking from the perspective of the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition of philosophy and theology, I will compare and critically analyze (1) the object, (2) the subject, (3) the way of the fulfillment, as well as (4) the metaphysical presuppositions that motivate both approaches. Critical about the project of trans- and posthumanism, I will argue that Christians do not have to radically oppose all changes introduced to human nature that go beyond medical and psychological therapy.

Mariusz Tabaczek, O.P., is a Polish Dominican and theologian. He holds Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and Church Licentiate from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. After his studies at the GTU and a fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies he returned to Poland. For three years he worked as a researcher at the Thomistic Institute in Warsaw (Poland), a lecturer at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Krakow, and a director of Studium Dominicanum in Warsaw. He then moved to Rome where he became a professor of theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is also a researcher at the Thomistic Institute at the same University.

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