Tuesday, May 3, 2022
This review essay, in The New Atlantis, connects nicely with the moral-anthropology theme that has been a part of the Mirror of Justice conversation for nearly two decades (!) now. Here's the opening:
In thinking about technology, three questions are fundamental. What is technology for? What are we for? And how is our answer to the first question related to our answer to the second?
Since the Enlightenment, we have come to take for granted that there really is no relation, because we cannot publicly agree on what humans are for. We can answer that question only privately. But technology is public, not private. We create it for common use, ostensibly in the service of the common good. If we cannot broadly agree on what we are for, then how can we reason together about what our technology is for?
It appears that we cannot.
It's a long piece, and I cannot do justice to it here. But again: We've often observed, and reflected on the observation, that one cannot really "do law" without engaging the question, "what are human persons?" Certainly, a "Catholic legal theory" must be one that gives priority to this question.