Robots and Humans. Theology for a Post-Human World

Robots and Humans. Theology for a Post-Human World

7.5 credits

7.5 credits

Spring semester 2020

Ever since antiquity, philosophers and artists have considered the relations between tools, machines such as AI-systems and humans. Today, our lives are dependent on advanced technologies that humans in several ways are subordinated to them. This poses new challenges to theology. Theology has also wrestled with questions about what a human being is, but not very often in relation to the advanced technology. Where does the boundary between man and machine go? Is there a creation theology even for robots and cyborgs? Should one bury a prosthesis? This course examines the contribution from philosophy of technology, the relationship between man and machine and ethical challenges facing advanced technology. In parallel with the theories, theological close-ups are made of fictional examples of utopias and dystopias in the world of technology.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to:

  • have a good ability to identify and analyze central issues in philosophy of technology and theological theories of technological challenges
  • be able to critically argue for an ethical position on human dignity in relation to technology
  • constructively demonstrate the ability to contribute with theological analyzes of contemporary technological conditions
  • reflect critically on methods and theories about ethical and theological perspectives on technology.

For application enquiries, please contact the assistant director of studies: 
Josef Forsling, josef.forsling@ehs.se

 

 

University College Stockholm - Stockholm School of Theology