Date of Award

5-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)

Department

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Onoriode Ekeh

Abstract

Transhumanism is a philosophical, political, and social movement that asserts that human well-being will be dramatically improved through the radical integration of new technologies into the human body and/or through the replacement of the organic human body with a synthetic 'body.' Ray Kurzweil, a dynamic, articulate, and leading transhumanist, offers an anthropological understanding that represents the main strand of transhumanist though about the human person: humans are patterns of information that can adjust themselves, and overcoming limitations is the defining human characteristic. This anthropology is implicit in many aspects of Western civilization already: law, medicine, and the military are a few examples of where it currently exists. This anthropology is attractive to modern people because of its promise of self-enhancement, but it is dangerous because it objectifies the human person, especially the body. The Roman Catholic Church's anthropology, as explained in the document Gaudium et spes, offers a more authentic understanding of the human person, and the Church must act now to share its anthropology with both Catholics and non-Catholics in order to better fulfill its mission.


Comments

Master's thesis submitted to the faculty of the Theology and Religious Studies Department of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Arts of Religious Studies.


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