04
MAR

The Discovery of the Future

Conférence Public-cible: Ouvert au grand public
Lucian Hölscher, Prof. em. for History, Bochum University
Prof. Hölscher is a renowned German Historian who developed the concept of History of the Future. Major works: Die Entdeckung der Zukunft (1999).



Where do we come from? Where do we go? These are basic questions of human life and societies in search of our destiny, our role in the world to come. In past centuries Christian eschatology determined the fate of the future world. But since 18th century’s enlightenment secular utopia compete with and entangle religious images of the future. A New Age is proclaimed. A new, more perfect image of the human being is designed, philosophically as in Russian biocosmism, the American transcendentalist movement or Western esotericism. In late 20th philosophers of posthumanism and transhumanism announced the end of the human era: humans and their values should be overcome by artificial intelligence and cyborgs, the merger of humans and technology. The so-called Singularity promises immortality and omniscience for humans and the expansion of artificial life into the universe.This interdisciplinary lecture series (Ringvorlesung / cycle de conférence) unites contributions by philosophy, history, literature, religious studies and sociology. We will focus on the entanglement of science, religion, literature and philosophy in utopian visions from 19th century until today.
Quand?
04.03.2019 13:15
Où?
Site PER 21 / Salle G230
Bd de Pérolles 90, 1700 Fribourg
Organisation
Sciences des religions
alice.kaiser@unifr.ch
Pérolles 0
0 Fribourg
Intervenants
Lucian Hölscher
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CYCLE:
The Future of Humanity

Where do we come from? Where do we go? These are basic questions of human life and societies in search of our destiny, our role in the world to come. In past centuries Christian eschatology determined the fate of the future world. But since 18th century’s enlightenment secular utopia compete with and entangle religious images of the future. A New Age is proclaimed. A new, more perfect image of the human being is designed, philosophically as in Russian biocosmism, the American transcendentalist movement or Western esotericism. In late 20th philosophers of posthumanism and transhumanism announced the end of the human era: humans and their values should be overcome by artificial intelligence and cyborgs, the merger of humans and technology. The so-called Singularity promises immortality and omniscience for humans and the expansion of artificial life into the universe.This interdisciplinary lecture series (Ringvorlesung / cycle de conférence) unites contributions by philosophy, history, literature, religious studies and sociology. We will focus on the entanglement of science, religion, literature and philosophy in utopian visions from 19th century until today.
 
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