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Reading Group: Power, Technology, and Human Nature

We instinctively think of ourselves as the masters and creators of technology, which serves as a tool for our own purposes. Those purposes become grander as technology develops, including the transformation of human nature and even the triumph over death. But we have also come to see the dangers technology poses to the human race, the way it can change us in ways we did not expect. This seminar will explore the nature of technology and power and the impact they have on human nature. We will read excerpts from the work of the twentieth-century German philosopher and theologian, Romano Guardini, including The End of the Modern World and Letters from Lake Como.

This is the Undergraduate student reading group for the Fall semester of 2019. For the graduate student reading group on the same topic, click here.

Dinner will be provided and readings will be circulated beforehand. Please sign up for the mailing list to be notified when the readings are available.



Monday, September 30

  • The End of the Modern World, ch. 4.

Monday, October 7

  • Letters from Lake Como, chs. 1–2

Monday, October 21

  • Letters from Lake Como, ch. 8

Monday, November 4

  • Letters from Lake Como, ch. 9

Earlier Event: September 26
Church–State Relations in a Time of Scandal
Later Event: October 4
The Moral Imagination of the Novel