Fellows' Presentation

Rewriting the Human in the 12th Century: Matter and Form

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Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series

During her fellowship year, Mary Franklin-Brown is beginning a new book, “Rewriting the Human in 12th-Century France: Matter, Form, Time.” This project will trace the connections between the body, philosophy, and poetry in the early scholastic period, reexamining the humanism of 12th-century writers in light of the critiques of humanism that have been published in recent decades, inspired by developments in information technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics. While IT and AI may seem far from the Middle Ages, the philosophical questions they inspire parallel those with which medieval thinkers grappled and can provide useful grounds for contemporary debates.