Unit Code & NameCT9749B 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 critically 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.
PrerequisitesPostgraduate: prerequisite unit ? 800 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 2,500 words - 20%
Essay 3,000 words - 50%
Class presentation 2,000 words - 30%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Analyse 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 and articulate a range of ideas about human nature both within and beyond the Christian tradition.
3. Provide a well-developed theological response to the claims of Transhumanism, Posthumanism and Antihumanism.
4. Respond theologically to the ethical questions raised by the extension of human capacity and of the human life span.