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Encountering Laudato Si': A Faculty Fellows Presentation


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Light lunch provided; please RSVP to ICTC@seattleu.edu

A Faculty Fellows Presentation by Jessica Imanaka and Jason Wirth

Forms of Life: From Technocratic Paradigm to Eco-politics
Presented by JESSICA IMANAKA, Associate Professor in the Albers School of Business and Economics

Inspired by Pope Francis’ critiques of technology and calls for a “bold cultural revolution” in Laudato Si’, this paper argues that environmental injustices issue from a dynamic between technologies of power and the powers of technology. The paper puts Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Peter Sloterdijk’s account of Ignatian anthropotechnics and Giorgio Agamben’s thoughts on Franciscan forms of life so as to sketch a vision of an eco-politics guided by contemplation.

Laudato Si’ and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness
Presented by JASON WIRTH, Professor of Philosophy

This project brings Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) program. The GNH concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.