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Human and Techno-sciences: elements of analysis of the society

Soc 207 Human and Techno-sciences: elements of analysis of the society

Class hours: 21

Credits (ECTS): 3

LM-CU – Specialization in Pedagogy of Dialogue

Year: 2nd

Term: 1st

LM-CU – Specialization in Communication Peace and Dialogue

Course held in Italian

The course aims to offer, in an interdisciplinary perspective between sociology and philosophy, fundamental conceptual elements to understand and interpret the impact of techno-science in the evolution of contemporary society. The pervasiveness of technology in the human and social sphere now appears as a quality of today’s societies. But is man aware of the power that derives from it? Are we able to orient it in a way compatible with our nature?
In the first part of the course some cardinal hinges of the theories elaborated in sociological and philosophical thought regarding this theme will be presented, starting from the reflections of classic authors, such as Weber, Heidegger, Ellul, Gehlen, Guardini, Marcuse, Habermas, and contemporaries such as Fabris, Magatti, Benanti. They illustrate, each in its own way, how a specific social system has developed over time that produces ambivalent results on human life: growth of possibilities from multiple points of view but also dehumanizing reductionisms and disorientation with respect to the purposes for which man and societies can strive.
In the second part, the effects of digital technologies on the human person and social reality will be studied in depth, through a critical approach focused on some current issues (cybernetics, artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, transhumanism, virtual reality, social networks, etc.). Taking up the considerations of classical and contemporary scholars, the risks and possibilities of the digital will be highlighted, proposing a transdisciplinary approach that is able to bring the student to consciously reflect on these issues and to deepen what characterizes the human, not in order to stop the development of techno-sciences, but to direct them towards an ethical flourishing and the realization of an integral ecology that involves the person and society.

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  • Class handouts will be provided.

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