July 4-29, 2016
Week One: Technology and the Sacred
Monday, July 4: Phil of Technology: introductions Phil of Religion: the nature of religion: the sacred and the demonic The lay of the land today, especially for digital natives
Tuesday, July 5: Phil of Technology: Technological neutrality, determinism and SCOT Rdg: “How Religious Communities Negotiate New Media Religiously” by Heidi Campbell Phil of Religion: Mimetic and Oral religion: (Ong and Girard) Rdg: “Transformations of the Word”, Walter Ong S.J.
.Afternoon Presentation: a presentation and discussion on Indigenous Religiosity and its Christianization by Dan Spottswood SJ (he just finished Theology in Bogata, Columbia and is off to doctoral studies in Anthropology and Religion in Edinburgh this Fall)
Wednesday, July 6Philosophy of Technology: Latour’s Actant Network Theory Rdg: “Morality and Technology: The End of the Means” by Bruno Latour
Philosophy of Religion: Jesus’ critique of Mimetic religion “What is Axial about the Axial Age?” by Robert Bellah
Evening Film: Metropolis Rdg from Men and Machines by Stuart Chase (1929)
Thursday, July 7:Philosophy of Technology: Discussion of Metropolis. Philosophy of Religion: Medieval Scribal culture and religious life Rdg: “Identity, Mother Tongues and Distancing Languages,” “The Denatured Word: Alphabet and Print” both by Walter Ong S.J.
Friday, July 8: Philosophy of Technology: from scribal to print culture Philosophy of Religion: the Reformation and the rise of electronic culture
Week Two: Virtual life
Monday, July 11: Philosophy of Technology: from text to hypertext. Rdg: “Reading Hypertext: Coherence and Order in a New Medium” by John Slatin
Philosophy of Religion: Actant Network approach to religion Rdg: “Thou Shalt Not Freeze-Frame: How Not to Misunderstand the Science and Religion Debate,” by Bruno Latour
Afternoon Presentation: On line education in third world contexts. Mary McFarland: director of Jesuit Commons bringing on line Education to refugee camps.
Tuesday, July 12: Philosophy of Technology: Phenomenology and Science in the early twentieth century Rdg: “The Crisis in the European Sciences,” by Edmund Husserl Rdg: “The Crisis in the European Sciences,” by Edmund Husserl Philosophy of Religion: Ihde: the phenomenology of technology
Wednesday, July 13: Philosophy of Technology: The World as hypertext Philosophy of Religion: Enhancement Technologies Rdg: “The Problem with Perfection” by Michael Sandel
Evening Documentary: “Transcendent Man: The Life and Thought of Raymond Kurzweil” Rdg: “The Transhumanist Manifesto” by Simon Young
Thursday, July 14: Philosophy of Technology: discussion of transhumanism Philosophy of Religion: Transcendence: Technological and Religious Rdg: “Contingency and Grace” by Albert Borgmann “Technology and Transcendence” by Peter-Paul Veerbeck
Friday, July 15: Philosophy of Religion Virtual Immortality “Engineering Immortality: Radical Life Extension and its Critics” by Tim Clancy SJ “Eternal Youth” by Ryan Francis, digital native Philosophy of Technology: robot ethics
Week Three: Critiques of Contemporary Technology and Religion:
Monday, July 18: Philosophy of technology: life on line/the virtual self Philosophy of religion: virtual theology
Tuesday, Jul 19Philosophy of Technology: Heidegger’s Phenomenology of Technology Rdg: “The Question Concerning Technology” Philosophy of Religion: Calculative vs Contemplative Thought Rdg: “Memorial Address,”
Wednesday , July 20: Philosophy of Technology: Borgmann and Berry Borgmann: “The Device Paradigm” Berry: “The Whole Horse” “Why I am not Buying a Computer”
Evening film: Up in the Air
Thursday, July 21: Philosophy of Religion: Graphic art Rdg from Roisin. Philosophy of Technology: Up in the Air discussion
Afternoon session: Experiencing and exploring virtual resources for ritual in virtual and augmented realities.
Friday, July 22: Philosophy of Religion: online ritual Rdg by Antonio Spadaro, “Liturgy, Sacraments and Virtual Presence” Rdg by Rachel Wagner “The Games we Pray”
Monday July 25: Philosophy of Religion Teilhard’s vision Rdg: selection from The Divine Milieu
Philosophy of Technology: Pope Francis’ critique of contemporary Technology Rdg: chapter 3 of Laudato Si
Tuesday July 26Presentations: Matt Yimm SJ, Circles and Lines, Francis Nguyen SJ, The Limitations of Design, Robert McDonald, Matirmony, Physics and the Law, Davy Nguyen
Wednesday: Presentations: Evaristus Ekwueme SJ, Understanding the Virus in the Network Francis XU SJ, Encountering You in the Street Trevor Rainwater SJ, Virtual Sacraments Nopparut Ruankool SJ (Bee), The Political Public Sphere and Social Media
Thursday, July 28:Presentations: Joe Israel SJ, Millennials and Multiple Identities Pierre Luhata SJ, The Virtual Age as a New Frontier Jennifer McCutchen Gino Maroni
Friday, July 29:Review: What are you taking with you? Where do we go from here?