TU Wien Informatics

Philosophical Foundations of Digital Humanism

  • By Claudia Vitt (edt.)
  • 2020-12-15
  • Public Lecture
  • Social Responsibility

In our next lecture, Julian Nida-Rümelin will develop the main features of what he calls Digital Humanism.

Philosophical Foundations of Digital Humanism

  • This is an online-only event.
    See description for details.

Philosophical Foundations of Digital Humanism

Julian Nida-Rümelin, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Moderator: Edward A. Lee (University of California at Berkeley)


In this talk, Julian Nida-Rümelin will develop the main features of what he calls ‘digital humanism’ (Nida-Rümelin/Weidenfeld 2018), based on a general philosophical account of humanistic theory and practice: the preconditions of human authorship, the human authorship in times of digital change, and ethical implications.

About Julian Nida-Rümelin

Julian Nida-Rümelin is professor of philosophy and political theory at the University of Munich (LMU). He studied physics, mathematics, philosophy and political science. He has a PhD and habilitation in philosophy. He was president of the German Philosophical Association and state minister for culture in the national german government under chancellor Gerhard Schröder. His main fields of research are the theory of rationality, ethics, and political philosophy.


To participate, go to the following link, Password: 0dzqxqiy.

All talks will be streamed and recorded on the Digital Humanism YouTube channel. For announcements and slides see the website.

About the Series

Digital humanism deals with the complex relationship between man and machine. It acknowledges the potential of Informatics and IT. At the same time, it points to related apparent threats such as privacy violations, ethical concerns with AI, automation, and loss of jobs, and the ongoing monopolization on the Web. The Corona crisis has shown these two faces of the accelerated digitalization—we are in a crucial moment in time.

For this reason, we started a new initiative—DIGHUM lectures—with regular online events to discuss the different aspects of Digital Humanism. We will have a speaker on a specific topic (30 minutes) followed by a discussion of 30 minutes every second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM CEST. This crisis does seriously affect our mobility, but it also offers the possibility to participate in events from all over the world—let’s take this chance to meet virtually.

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