A Modern Genealogy of the Metaphysics of Information

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, July 12th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

We will be discussing “A Modern Genealogy of the Metaphysics of Information” by Marco Stango from the Fall 2023 issue entitled Commemorating Fides et ratio (Volume 50.3). The article can be downloaded from here.

Here are excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
In “A Modern Genealogy of the Metaphysics of Information,” Marco Stango brings to light how the digital age conceives of being in a way that radicalizes modernity’s attempt to render all meaning and desire purely immanent. Examining the Enlightenment and Romanticism, he shows how these two modes of modernism, despite their apparent conflict, agree in their aspiration “to remove any reference to transcendence from the horizon of history.” The tension these movements represent between a naturalization of man and divinization of nature are resolved, he argues, in the reduction of reality to information that is universally available for manipulation, and therefore no longer issues a call upon man to wonder. “The ‘intelligence’ or information of everything is originally ‘locked up,’ but it is ready to be liberated in order to fulfill . . . the highest aspirations of man: the reconciliation of man and nature/history.”

We will meet in the Kateri Room located at St. Michael’s Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario. Use the east side parking lot and enter by the rear doors. Walk up the stairs. The Kateri Room is on your right before you enter the church proper.

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