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Immortal Inequalities: Toward a Critique of Futurist Discourse

April 28, 2017IASCollaboratives, Events0

Immortal Inequalities: Toward a Critique of Futurist Discourse

Friday, April 28, at 3:00pm
Nolte Center Room 20

Free and open to the public

The February 2011 cover of Time magazine speculated that the year 2045 would mark a time in which humanity would achieve immortality; again in 2013 Time lent advanced advertising to the tech giant Google’s exploration into anti-aging therapies, hyping the venture as “Google vs. Death.” However, in literary and cinematic depictions and in philosophical reflections on the possibility of immortality, such as Bernard Williams’ famous essay The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality, we find unease and even horror at the evasion of the recognition of the need to die well. Yet the technophilic longevity seekers and the thinkers of finitude often share an opposition between the creaturely and the immortal, an assumption that Professor Jones will critically explore in her talk.

Donna V. Jones is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Négritude, Vitalism, and Modernity. She serves as Core Faculty for the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory and the Science, Technology and Society Center. She is currently writing on the question of immortality.

Organized by the IAS Philosophies of Life Collaborative. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IAS (ias@umn.edu 612-626-5054) at least two weeks prior to the event.

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