Jens Zimmermann in Oxford
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Jens Zimmermann will be hosting a one day conference in Oxford titled "Being Human—Being a Person: Contemporary Perspectives in Philosophical and Theological Anthropology." Participating scholars include John Behr (St. Vladimir's Seminary), Graham Ward (Oxford), Brent Waters (Gareth-Evangelical Seminary), Holger Zaborowski (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar), and Jens Zimmermann (Trinity Western University/ Regent College).
Jens will also be delivering a lecture at the conference titled "Who am I? Personhood, Consciousness, and Transhumanist Visions."
Human consciousness is increasingly understood in technological terms. The transhumanist vision of uploading consciousness into a computer matrix and then eventually downloading one’s personality onto synthetic bodies is only the extreme edge of a popular perception. In this lecture, Professor Jens Zimmermann argues that modern culture embraces a reductive model of human identity and perception based on an already defunct scientific epistemology. Since who we think we are is deeply connected to the how we think we know and perceive reality, this lecture, with the help of theology and personalist philosophy, will offer a more robust model of consciousness that grounds personhood and therefore also human dignity.
Jens Zimmermann was born and raised in Germany. He studied at the University of British Columbia, earning his first PhD in Comparative Literature in 1997. He taught at UBC briefly before moving on to Trinity Western, where he has been for the past seventeen years, holding the Canada Research Chair of Interpretation, Religion and Culture from 2006-2016. In 2010, Jens earned a second PhD in Philosophy from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. He was announced as Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Literature and Theology at Regent College in 2016.
This conference is free and open to the public.
The event is generously funded by the British Academy and the Issachar Foundation.
Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College, Oxford