Krajewski - Can a Robot be Grateful?

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Category Lecture
Speakers Krajewski, Stanislaw
Year 2017

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Can a Robot Be Grateful? Beyond Logic, Towards Religion Professor Stanislaw Krajewski Theology Lecture Room, Gibson Building, Oxford


_______________________________________________ Computer enthusiasts point towards a new Pythagoreanism. Most of us try to retain the belief in the permanence of the human superiority over robots. To justify this, Gödel’s theorem has been invoked, but this is not sufficient. The realm of human relations and attitudes seems more promising. Insights from the philosophy of dialogue can help. They suggest an ultimate extension of the Turing test. It seems that in order to justify the belief in human superiority one must rely on individual experience pointing to a religious realm.


STANISLAW KRAJEWSKI is a professor at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw and currently chairs the institute’s Academic Council. He has conducted research in logic and the philosophy of mathematics as well as in the philosophy of dialogue, Jewish thought, and interreligious dialogue. He has co-authored the post-war section of the core exhibition in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. His books include Gödel’s Theorem and Its Philosophical Interpretations: from Mechanism to Post-modernism; Does Mathematics Belong to the Humanities?; and Theology in Mathematics?. Some of his papers are available at


_______________________________________________ This event is organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion and the Humane Philosophy Project.