The Christian and the Transhumanist Desire for Transcendence: A Critical Evaluation

The utopian vision and messianic instinct of transhumanist and posthumanist movement reflect a true longing in the human soul. Yet, the Christian and the secular desire for the transcendent differ considerably. Speaking from the perspective of the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition of philosophy and theology, I will compare and critically analyze (1) the object, (2) the subject, (3) the way of the fulfillment, as well as (4) the metaphysical presuppositions that motivate both approaches. Critical about the project of trans- and posthumanism, I will argue that Christians do not have to radically oppose all changes introduced to human nature that go beyond medical and psychological therapy.

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