Jeffrey J. Kripal: The Superhumanities: What they are and why parapsychology is so important to them

This invited address will discuss what Jeff calls the superhumanities, a long repressed or forgotten history of the humanities that orbits around the experience and theorization of the superhuman, first in the history of religions, then in major authors within the modern humanities (Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, and Gloria Anzaldúa, for example). Jeff will also briefly define the superhuman in relationship to the transhuman and the posthuman.

Jeff is the Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Studies in the School of Humanities at Rice University. He is also the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion. He is the author of numerous books, most recently The Flip: Who You Really Are and Why It Matters (Penguin, 2020). He is pretty sure he is Spider-Man.

The Parapsychological Association is an international professional organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of psi (or ‘psychic’) experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition. The primary objective of the PA is to achieve a scientific understanding of these experiences.

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Published on April 23, 2021