Purpose

The Center for the Study of Ethics and Technology (CSET) exists to promote sustained and rigorous thinking about the ethical consequences of technological change. To that end, the Center will offer courses, colloquia, and online resources dedicated to understanding the role of technology in human affairs.

While human beings have always used tools to make their way in the world, the scope, complexity, and power of our tools have grown exponentially over the last two centuries. This change has unfolded at a bewildering pace, making it difficult to perceive and address the attendant moral and ethical challenges which confront individuals, institutions, and communities.

In the decades ahead, similar challenges will continue to emerge. Advances in digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence, and technologies of human enhancement promise to raise a host of new ethical quandaries. Keeping up with the pace of technological change is hard enough, finding thoughtful commentary that helps clarify the moral stakes is harder still. Through its various offerings, CSET aims to make the best thinking about technology available to those trying to live wisely with technology.

Michael-Sacasas-2Director

Michael Sacasas serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics. He earned his MA in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2002. He undertook doctoral work in Texts and Technology at the University of Central Florida from 2009-2016. He has written about technology and society for a variety of outlets including The New AtlantisThe New InquiryThe American, Mere Orthodoxy, and Second Nature Journal

Email: m.sacasas@greystoneinstitute.org

Research Fellows

Rampelt+1Dr. Jason Rampelt has studied Philosophy (BA, Case Western Reserve University; MA, University of Pennsylvania), Theology (MAR and Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia), and History and Philosophy of Science (PhD, Cambridge). After completing his doctoral studies in 2005, he was a research fellow at the newly formed Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge (2006-2009). Since returning to the United States, Dr. Rampelt spent three years working in neuroscience labs at the University of Pittsburgh, and is now adjunct faculty in the same university in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. His research has investigated the role of theology and theologians in the history of science, particularly the Early-Modern period, as well as the role of theology in scientific creativity since that time.

Email: j.rampelt@greystoneinstitute.org

Mr. J. Peter Escalante

Affiliation

CSET is a center of the Greystone Theological Institute.