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Imagination, Invention and Internet: From Aristotle to Artificial Intelligence and the ‘Post-human’ Development and Ethics

  • Qerim QerimiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 91)

Abstract

The notion that perennial questions of human welfare and future life defined or dictated by technological advances are as ancient as Aristotle’s thought might be intellectually curious, yet factually accurate and discursively valid. It is true that one of the fundamental tenets of Aristotle’s peripatetic philosophy is that the goal of life is to maximize happiness by living virtuously, fulfilling your own potential as a human, and engaging with others—family, friends and fellow citizens—in mutually beneficial activities. In his conception, purposively imagining a better, happier life is feasible since humans have inborn abilities that allow them to promote individual and collective flourishing. These include the inclinations to ask questions about the world, to deliberate about action, and to activate conscious recollection (Hall 2018). There is but one element in the life maximization equation that plays a critical role, namely imagination.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.University of PrishtinaPristinaKosovo

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