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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - What is and to what end does one study Astronoetics? Explorations of Space after the Sputnik (Arendt, Blumenberg, Levinas)

5th December 2017, 17:30 to 18:30, Senate Suite, University College, Dr Jörg Kreienbrock (Northwestern University)


On Oct. 4 1957, Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite was launched. It provoked not only immediate political, scientific, and technological reactions usually described as the “Sputnik shock”, but also an intense philosophical discussion. Dr Kreienbrock will explore this philosophy of the space age in Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Lévinas, and Hans Blumenberg. Blumenberg’s suggestion to inaugurate a new discipline he would ironically name “astronoetics” will guide Dr Kreienbrock's investigation. What are the implications of the human being’s ability to leave the Earth and possibly exist on other planets?


This lecture is free and open to all.

Details about Dr Jörg Kreienbrock

Directions to University College

Map - University College is denoted as building No. 23

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.