Parmenides Center for  Digital Humanism


Digital Humanism is opposed to mainstream Silicon Valley ideology in its rejection of transhumanistic utopias and of neo-animism in the digital version of software agents as responsible e-persons and humans as gods, who create individuals (“homo deus”). Its central anthropological idea is that of human agency and authorship. Humanism in general forsters the conditions of human authorship with emphasis on human education and formation. Digital Humanism is about using digital tools in order to realize human goals, in technology, economics, education and democratic practice. Its philosophical and practical dimension is equally important. One of the practical, political scopes of digital humanism is to contribute to a specific European path of digitization, that respects individual autonomy and dignity, limits commodification and opens new possibilities of self-determined life.

Julian Nida-Rümelin & Nathalie Weidenfeld: Digitaler Humanismus. München: Piper 2018

Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism