The internationally renowned philosopher and sociologist Prof. Steve Fuller (University of Warwick, UK) will visit Villanova later this month, March 23-24.
Steve Fuller is the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick, and a Fellow of the European Academy of Social Sciences. His numerous writings have been translated into more than twenty languages. Major areas of his research are the future of the University and critical intellectuals, the emergence of intellectual property in the information society, the interdisciplinary challenges in the natural and social sciences, the political and epistemological consequences of the new biology.
There are two scheduled events during his visit, which is co-sponsored and organized by the Ethics Program, the Department of Philosophy, and the Villanova Center for Liberal Education.
 On Monday, March 23, 4:30-6:00pm, Prof. Fuller will give an ACS-approved public lecture on “Transhumanism as an Updated Version of Humanity’s Divine Image” (CEER 001). Please find attached the flyer for his talk, as well as a short précis of his trilogy on Humanity 2.0. Here are the title and abstract of his lecture:
TRANSHUMANISM AS AN UPDATED VERSION OF HUMANITY’S DIVINE IMAGE
For about ten years now, I have been developing a version of transhumanism (or ‘Humanity 2.0’) that is continuous with aspirations common to both Christian theology and modern science. These are traceable to the exceptional status of our species as having been created ‘in the image and likeness of God’. To be sure, there have many well-voiced objections to this project, not least coming from theologians who regard such literal readings of the imago dei doctrine as blasphemous. But there are also objections from the transhumanists, most of whom see themselves as pro-science but anti-religion. In addition, there is a growing number of ‘posthumanists’, who while generally sympathetic to both religious and scientific matters, nevertheless see the continued privileging of the human as the source of much of the world’s problems. In this talk I plan to define and defend my position in the face of these challenges, which together point to the need for a more open and frank discussion about the value of being ‘human’ in our times.
 In addition, there will be a more informal roundtable discussion with Prof. Fuller on his recent work on “Humanity 2.0: What It Means to be Human – Past, Present Future.” The roundtable will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 10am-12 noon in SAC 400 (Fedigan Room).
***Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Georg Theiner (Department of Philosophy, Villanova) at your earliest convenience if you plan to attend the roundtable: firstname.lastname@example.org ***
A brief synopsis of Prof. Fuller’s views on Humanity 2.0 can be found online:
Steve Fuller – TEDxWarwick – 2/28/09: Humanity 2.0: A 21st Century View of the ‘Two Cultures’ Problem’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmfrmYkFsBA
Steve Fuller – Humanity 2.0 – Part 1/4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o38VKLawEVA
Steve Fuller – Humanity 2.0 – Part 2/4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-rQYyjE3MQ
Steve Fuller – Humanity 2.0 – Part 3/4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncupmaaUfe4
Steve Fuller – Humanity 2.0 – Part 4/4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huLLBVEOzLA