Friday, March 18, 2016, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: ATH Chapel
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel, located near entrance closest to bus stop outside of Anabel Taylor Hall
"Personhood, Care, and Robotic Technologies"
Speaker: Erin Obodiac PhD.--- Erin is a Visiting Scholar – The Society for the Humanities.
Date: Friday, March 18
Location: Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel
Reception immediately following
L’Homme Machine—a treatise written in 1748 by French philosopher Julien Offray de la Mettrie, added human beings to René Descartes’ famous doctrine of the bête-machine, i.e., the idea that animals are mere flesh and blood automata. Contemporary robotics, especially high-tech humanoid robots, offers us an uncanny mirror of what it means to be a living being.
From the theological perspective, however, it is not only the divinely created immaterial soul that differentiates the human being from the machine, but also our capacity for care: our care for other persons, other living beings, and our common home, planet earth.