Is Human Connection Natural or Technological?

What Modern Jewish Philosophy Can Teach Us About the Ethics of Technology

Dr. Shira Billet

Is human connection something natural and pre-technological? Does technology foster or obstruct human connection? Does technology advance or impede the project or ethics? Does technology transform human connection such that a new kind of ethics is called for? We will read lengthy excerpts from the writings of Martin Buber, Joseph Soloveitchik, and Hans Jonas, and consider the implications of their discussions for the era of the internet and social media. Recorded live at the Summer Yom Iyyun, 2015.