Furtherity or dematerialization?

Project Info

Project Description

1 october 2018


Sala Azzurra, Scuola Normale Superiore

Furtherity or dematerialization? Ancient textures and modern codes for robotic and cybernetic technologies


The first edition held in 2017 of the philosophical convention dedicated to robotics has attempted to offer a broad overview of the ethical and philosophical questions that accompany the robotic revolution. This year’s edition will focus on the different forms of philosophies that support the human-machine relationship. The themes of the conference will therefore be both the dystopias and the utopias that underlie the posthumane, the transhuman and the new digital humanism. Tracing back the path of these narratives will allow us to find not only in European humanism, but also in theological, Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions a series of keys that are not only accredited but capable of deepening hermeneutically and critically the already present future.

Scientific Committee

Fiorella Battaglia, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Monaco di Baviera// University of Pisa

Barbara Henry, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa


Fiorella Battaglia (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Monaco di Baviera// University of Pisa), What does it mean to be human? Robotics and self-understanding.

Paolo Benanti (Pontifical Gregorian University Rome), From the monster to the cyborg: science fiction as a myth in the man – machine relationship.

Sara Hejazi (Fondazione Kessler, Trento), Is there a post-human Islam?

Barbara Henry (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa), Le nuove frontiere della robotica e l’interazione fra esseri umani e robot

Clara Mavellia (Cultural Entrepreneurship Institute Berlin), Forte, buona, multiforme e umanista: sulla robotica buona.

Alberto Pirni ((Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa), Per un’antropologia del limite

Vera Tripodi (Università di Torino), Robotica e sessualità.