Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Claire Larsonneur, Arnaud Regnauld
18, 19 juin 2013 à 9h30
Université Paris 8, salle/room D143
2 Rue de la Liberté, 93200, Saint-Denis
Entrée libre/Free entrance
Genetic engineering and digital technologies do not merely enhance human intellectual and physical abilities. For better or for worse, they may profoundly transform the very notion of what it means to be human. Symptomatically such a metamorphosis of the human may already be perceived in a wide variety of discourses — philosophy, literature, art, technology and cultural theory— addressing, for instance, the issue of individual and group identities, the distinction between our various cognitive faculties, the place of humans in nature. We will focus more specifically on the idea of shifting boundaries : boundaries that technology may displace or blur entirely, boundaries separating humans, animals, and machines, as well as body and mind, the artificial and the natural, the born and the made, reality vs. virtuality.
In the course of this conference, the following questions will be addressed : Are we living in a period of transition ? Will technology, or the ideology that it produces, remove and de facto solve the mind/body issue, or even subsume under a single notion the inadequate triangle in which humans, animals and machines have been living since at least the time of Descartes ?