Unit Code & NameCT3749B Humanity 3.0: Theological Responses to Trans-, Post- and Antihumanism
DescriptionThis unit in theological anthropology explores possible responses to transhumanism, antihumanism and posthumanism, each of which poses challenges for Christian understandings of the human person. It will explore classical philosophical and theological discussions on the nature of the 'soul' and the mind/body distinction and revisit them in the face of rapidly developing human enhancement technology, the increased capacities of artificial intelligence, and the use of technology to enhance and prolong human life.
PrerequisitesUndergraduate: prerequisite unit ? 100 level unit in Theology.
Learning ActivitiesEngagement with the writings of both classical and contemporary theologians, set alongside scholarly literature on human enhancement technology, utilising online pedagogy and engagement with a range of guest specialists.
*This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
AssessmentsReview of article 1,000 words - 20%
Essay 2,000 words - 50%
Class presentation 1,500 words - 30%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Describe the manner in which long-standing questions in theological anthropology are given new salience in the face of developing human enhancement technology.
2. Critically explore a range of ideas about human nature both within and beyond the Christian tradition.
3. Provide a theological response to the claims of Transhumanism, Posthumanism and Antihumanism.
4. Respond theoogically to the ethical questions raised by the extension of human capacity and of the human life span.