The Limits of Human Reality and the Senses of Outer Space: Philosophical Anthropology and the Study of Astroculture
Brad Tabas (ENSTA Bretagne)
Thursday, 11 November 2021, 14:00–15:30 EST
Astroculture abounds in prognostications inspired by the conviction that extra-terrestrial exploration informs our understanding humankind. The Apollo moon landings inspired reflections on the status of the human. Yet rather than discuss what going to space means for our understanding of humankind, I will discuss what being human — understood as living as a being possessing of a specific and limited embodied grasp on reality and specific (but also limited) epistemic and cognitive capacities— means for studying the stars, the planets, and the humans who observe them with wonder. Exploring this altered perspective on the connection between philosophical anthropology and outer space is of particular and even foundational importance for the study of astroculture.
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