Humanisms and Beyond: A Collection of Essays Coedited by JCU Professors Conti and Sorgner
JCU Professors Fabrizio Conti and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner recently coedited a collection of essays called Humanisms and Beyond: Past, Present, and Future of the Humanities in Liberal Arts Education (Trivent, 2023). This is the first volume that puts together ideas by faculty members of John Cabot University’s Department of History and Humanities on such a challenging and fundamental educational issue as the humanities.
The book includes a foreword by JCU President Franco Pavoncello, an introduction by the editors, and articles by JCU Professors Danica Pušić, David N. Levy, Fabrizio Conti, Brunella Antomarini, Dario Biocca, Andrea Lanzone, and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, who also wrote the afterword.
The humanities have been an integral part of liberal arts education for centuries, and their importance has only grown in our rapidly changing world. This collection of essays offers a wide array of perspectives on the past, present, and future of the humanities in liberal arts education.
The collection presents nuanced and thought-provoking explorations into the history of the humanities and their impact on shaping our understanding of the world. The authors also tackle the challenges and opportunities facing humanities education today, as well as the innovations driving its future.
Moreover, this collection offers insightful reflections on the intersection between the humanities and technology, including the impact of artificial intelligence and advanced language models. These reflections raise critical questions about the future of liberal arts education and the potential impact of technological advancements on the humanities.
The essays in this collection offer a compelling appeal to anyone interested in understanding the evolving role of the humanities in liberal arts education, and provide valuable insights that will leave the reader with a richer understanding of this essential field.
Fabrizio Conti (PhD, Central European University, 2011) is a lecturer in History at John Cabot University as well as an Arts and Humanities Advisor at the American Academy in Rome. His teaching and research interests span the antique/late antique, medieval, and renaissance periods, with an interdisciplinary approach to cultural and religious developments and special focus on the history of magic and witchcraft. His publications include the monograph Witchcraft, Superstition, and Observant Franciscan Preachers: Pastoral Approach and Intellectual Debate in Renaissance Milan (Brepols, 2015) and the edited volumes “Nemo Non Metuit”: Magic in the Roman World edited with Elizabeth Ann Pollard (Trivent, 2022), and Civilizations of the Supernatural: Witchcraft, Ritual, and Religious Experience in Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Traditions (Trivent, 2020), with a Foreword by Teofilo F. Ruiz.
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is a philosophy professor at John Cabot University in Rome and is director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities at Ewha Womans University in Seoul and Visiting Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. He is editor of more than 10 essay collections, and author of the following monographs: Metaphysics without Truth (Marquette University Press 2007), Menschenwürde nach Nietzsche (WBG 2010), Transhumanismus (Herder 2016), Schöner neuer Mensch (Nicolai, 2018), Übermensch (Schwabe 2019). In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief and Founding Editor of the Journal of Posthuman Studies (a double-blind peer review journal, published by Penn State University Press since 2017).