Ingolf U. Dalferth

The Power of Passivity

The Challenge of Being Human in the Age of Technology

Volume 8 () / Issue 1, pp. 5-28 (24)
Published 16.03.2022

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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 Born 1948; 1977 Promotion; 1982 Habilitation; Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Symbolism and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Zurich; Danforth Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in California.