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Golem, Technology, and Ethics

Started Nov 19, 2020

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Thursday, November 19th from 7-8:30 pm (EST)-- Fully Online Lecture

Eligible for 1.5 CEs for LMHC and Psychologists 


This event is free to the public, please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES4 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for Licensed Mental Health Counselors or Psychologists seeking CEs for this lecture. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time. 


The core concern of this lecture involves the logic of technology, and with a focus on the restlessness carried by this logic. Before asking questions about technology, from dialysis machines to cell-phone addiction to nuclear physics, we should be aware of the way our technology influences our relationship to the world. Technology is entangled with modes of production, with capitalistic goals of conquest and security, production and profit. In an effort to think otherwise about techne, Severson turns to the philosophical works of Emmanuel Levinas and Hannah Arendt, both of whom wrestle in helpful ways with the logic of work, tools, power and language. This lecture investigates the way modern technology surreptitiously influences those who use it, and reconfigures the mode by which modern persons relate to one another ethically. In the ancient wisdom of Golem mythology, Severson finds keys for developing an alternative contemporary attitude toward techne that restores rather than undermines the human encounter with the other person.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will examine the logic of technology, particularly the covert manner in which this logic influences relationships.
  2. Participants will consider alternate perspectives on technology made possible by insights from Emmanuel Levinas, Hannah Arrendt and the Jewish myths of the Golem.

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on November 19, 2020.  This workshop is instructor-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via (Zoom) from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm (EST). 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content." Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

Participants must attend the workshop in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This workshop does not offer CEs for social workers or other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes November 19th at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. 


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Eric Severson

Seattle University
Instructor of Philosophy

Eric Severson is a philosopher specializing in the work of Emmanuel Levinas.  He is the author of Before Ethics (Kendall-Hunt, 2021), Levinas's Philosophy of Time (Duquesne University Press, 2013) and Scandalous Obligation (Beacon Hill Press, 2011), and editor of eight other books on philosophy, psychology, ethics, theology and the philosophy of religion. He lives in Kenmore, Washington and teaches philosophy at Seattle University.