9th Symposium of the WCHS. Spirituality and Transcendence


Since the dawn of human history, the human being has had to face what can be defined as the limit par excellence: death.

Science, technology, philosophy and religions have struggled and continue to struggle against what seems to be an apparently insurmountable limit. It is true that considerable progress has been made in the treatment of many diseases that used to lead to premature death, but inexorably this continues to occur for all human beings, without excluding anyone.

Some technological developments also open up the possibility of transcending death by hypothesizing the transfer of consciousness to extracorporeal means, but beyond the fact that this possibility may actually materialize in the future, the great issue of the meaning of life against the limit that represents death is still valid.

However, something new seems to emerge in the most intimate reality of the human being. A new spirituality that goes beyond the limits of the ritualism of the great religions and manifests itself in areas that were believed to be totally alien or refractory to the religious dimension. The new spirituality manifests itself in new forms imbued with technology, computing, and space travel. A new search towards a transcendental dimension of existence begins to make its way towards the condition of total disorientation in which the human being finds himself.

Will this new spirituality be capable of suggesting a new concept of emancipation from death? What idea of transcendence will make its way into the heart of the human being?

Call for papers - deadline: 28/2/2023: http://2023.worldsymposium.org/en/call