Ian Ramsey Centre

Can a Robot Be Grateful? Beyond Logic, Towards Religion

Seminars for Hilary Term 2017 on the theme of supernaturalism, convened jointly with the Humane Philosophy Project, and with the generous support also of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw. These events are free and open to the public.

Thursday 2 February, 5pm-6:15pm, followed by drinks reception
Stanislaw Krajewski, University of Oxford 
Can a Robot Be Grateful? Beyond Logic, Towards Religion?

Gibson Building Theology and Religion Lecture Room, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

Computer enthusiasts point towards a new Pythagoreanism. Most of us try to retain the belief in the permanence of the human superiority over robots. To justify this, Gödel’s theorem has been invoked, but this is not sufficient. The realm of human relations and attitudes seems more promising. Insights from the philosophy of dialogue can help. They suggest an ultimate extension of the Turing test. It seems that in order to justify the belief in human superiority one must rely on individual experience pointing to a religious realm.

STANISLAW KRAJEWSKI is a professor at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw and currently chairs the institute’s Academic Council. He has conducted research in logic and the philosophy of mathematics as well as in the philosophy of dialogue, Jewish thought, and interreligious dialogue. He has co-authored the post-war section of the core exhibition in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. His books include Gödel’s Theorem and Its Philosophical Interpretations: from Mechanism to Post-modernism; Does Mathematics Belong to the Humanities?; and Theology in Mathematics?. Some of his papers are available at https://uw.academia.edu/StanislawKrajewski/Papers.