“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…”
Spring 2016 – Neuchâtel
We are glad to present the phinkproject2016. We are interested to work on the topic of the “human being” looking to the current philosophical debate within the contemporary society, sciences and technologies improvements. In this perspective we will investigate in particular what has to be considered as the flourishing of the human being.
Enhancement of man by technology
Transhumanism is a movement of thought that aims to improve the mental and physical capacities of human beings through emerging sciences and techniques, such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence or cognitive sciences. Convinced by the ability of these sciences to allow mankind to determine its own evolution, transhumanists open the debate and interrogate themselves on future perspectives of man associated with technology.
This new technological know-how plays an undeniable role in the relation of mankind with nature. Now able to act in the world, man can modify the natural course of events. He thus gets rid of this relation of dependency and submission that links him to nature.
However, what are the dangers of this growing ability? Can man define himself the limits that he should not cross in order to prevent his cupidity from destroying his species?
WEDNESDAY 23RD OF MARCH :
IS ENHANCED MAN STILL A MAN?
Master of teaching and research (MER) (at philosophy department of the Institute of Éthique Histoire Humanités) at the Université de Genève till 2014. Member of the Federal Commission of ethics for the biotechnology in the non-human domain (CENH) entre 2002 et 2014. member of the Committee of ethics of Inserm after 2013.
Ph.D. in philosophy at the Universités de Lausanne and at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Founder member of Socrate Project. Membre of NeoHumanitas.
Ph.D. in law and in biomedical ethics. Managing Director of the Centre of Humanités Médicale of the Université de Zürich. Président et membre co-fondateur de NeoHumanitas. Founder member and president of TEDxMartigny. Reviewer for the Huffington Post.
Location: Le Salon du Bleu Café (Faubourg du Lac 27, 2000 Neuchâtel)
WEDNESDAY 20TH OF APRIL :
TECHNOLOGY, A DANGER FOR SOCIETY?
Associate professor at the Institut of Global Studies at the Université de Genève. General secretary of the Centre Européen de la Culture
Assistant professor at the Institute of psychology and education at Université de Neuchâtel.
Ph.D. in biology. He teaches biology at Genève. Researcher for Université of Zurich and for the group OMICS-ETHICS of Université de Montréal. Co-fonder and vice-president at NeoHumanitas.
Location: Le Café des Amis (Quai Robert-Comtesse 4, 2000 Neuchâtel)
Aperitif after each conference!
Free entry, price to your good will.
With the support of ANEL, CCA and the Philosophy Institute (UNINE).