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Open Reason Congress 2021

Publié le 1 avril 2021 Mis à jour le 1 avril 2021
Open Reason Congress 2021
Open Reason Congress 2021

du 1 avril 2021 au 18 juin 2021

Open Reason Congress 2021

TRANSHUMANISM: Homo Sapiens or Cyborg? 

Transhumanism has been defined as "a cultural, intellectual and scientific movement that affirms the moral duty to improve the physical and cognitive capacities of the human species, and to apply new technologies to human beings, so that undesirable aspects of the human condition can be eliminated, such as suffering, illness, ageing and even mortality". Thus, Nick Bostrom, one of the major theorists of this current, affirms that "Transhumanism" represents a new operational conception of the future of man. This concept brings together scientists and experts from different scientific fields: Artificial Intelligence, neurology, nanotechnology, genetics and other researchers in applied biotechnology. These are joined by philosophers and people of culture with the same aim: to alter, "improve" human nature and prolong its existence. 

Transhumanism, a theory or cultural paradigm, raises numerous questions of a scientific-technical, philosophical-anthropological, bioethical and legal nature; current issues, but above all questions for future generations. All of them will be the subject of study and analysis at the conference "Transhumanism: Homo sapiens or cyborg? 

Do we have a moral duty to improve the human species? What concept of the human being underlies the transhumanist approach? Is there a possibility of a spiritual dimension and openness to transcendence in this perspective? What role do science and technology play in the transhumanist ideal? What are the bioethical implications of the interventions proposed by transhumanists? What role do fiction and literature play in the anticipation of possible worlds? Is transhumanism a utopia? Is it a new form of techno-scientific gnosticism? Where are we heading as a species? Is our species destined to become extinct or to be overtaken by the posthuman? To answer all these questions, our conference will feature specialists in science, technology, philosophy, art, film, bioethics, law, theology, etc. who will analyse all the issues raised by this paradigm of the human from an interdisciplinary and open-minded perspective.

Date: 17 and 18 June 2021.

Venue: Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (hybrid format: online and in person with limited capacity). 

Call for papers open until 17 May 2021.

Contact: congresorazonabierta@ufv.es

Registration modality: 

Attendance in person (100 euros)
Online attendance (60 euros)
Attendance in person with communication (120 euros)
Online attendance with communication (80 euros)
Deadline for registration for modalities with communication: 17 May 2021.

For those who register without sending a paper, they can do so until the day before the Congress is held in the online and in-person modalities (as long as the capacity is not full).