Ingolf U. Dalferth

The Power of Passivity

The Challenge of Being Human in the Age of Technology

Jahrgang 8 () / Heft 1, S. 5-28 (24)
Publiziert 16.03.2022

What does it mean to be human in a technologically enhanced world? The paper identifies six key challenges that must be considered when discussing the idea of humanity today. From these challenges emerge six key concepts: embeddedness, responsibility, normative vision, plurality, finitude, and the deep passivity of human existence. In debate with transhumanism I focus particularly on the last two because the importance of our finitude and passivity has dangerously been downplayed in recent years.

Ingolf U. Dalferth Geboren 1948; 1977 Promotion; 1982 Habilitation; Professor Emeritus für Systematische Theologie, Symbolik und Religionsphilosophie an der Universität Zürich; Danforth Professor Emeritus für Religionsphilosophie an der Claremont Graduate University in Kalifornien.