ALC welcomes distinguished visitors to the campus, who share their latest research in theology.
- Presenter: Dr Eric Trozzo
- Topic: Cyberspace as a dimension of life: a Tillichian analysis of digital infrastructure
- Abstract: The challenge of describing cyberspace ontologically is a vexing one. Some early theorists framed it as a disembodied realm of Platonic forms, while others argued that it is simply a group of physical computers with data inscribed on physical hard drives that happen to be able to communicate with one another. More recent studies, recognising both streams of thought, have begun to focus not only on screened content but rather a wider range of implicated systems, including electronic infrastructures, power supplies, maintenance workers, and the ways it shapes users' affect. Given this broader understanding of cyberspace, this paper argues that it meets the criteria laid out by Paul Tillich for determining a new dimension of life. If it is a dimension of life, then by Tillich’s concept of the interpenetration of dimensions, cyberspace is also then a locus for a unique manifestation of the dimension of Spirit, thus calling forth the need for new metaphors for speaking of the divine within the experience of cyberspace.
- Delivered: Tuesday 17 September 2019
- View the video: Seminar 1