Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson


Co-Project Director and Co-Principal Investigator; Director of Jewish Studies, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, and Professor of History


Center for Jewish Studies and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies



Hava Tirosh-Samuelson writes on Jewish intellectual history with a focus on philosophy and mysticism in premodern Judaism, the interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle Ages, feminist philosophy, Judaism and ecology, bioethics, and religion and science. Through her interdisciplinary research, she seeks to create bridges between intellectual disciplines, religious traditions, religious and secular outlooks, and gendered perspectives.

She is especially committed to understanding the complimentary relationship between science and religion from an historical perspective. Tirosh-Samuleson was project director for “Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Religion, Science, Technology,” part of the Templeton Research Lectures for the Constructive Engagement of Science and Religion that ran at ASU from 2006-09 and co-project director of Memory and Countermemory: Memorialization of an Open Future, funded by the American Council of Learned Societies.

Tirosh-Samuelson’s published work includes Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge, and Well-Being (Hebrew Union College Press, 2003), The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life (Brill Academic Publishers, 2008, with Christian Wiese) and, most recently, co-editor of Building Better Humans? Refocusing the Debate on Transhumanism (Peter Lang GmbH, 2011, with Kenneth Mossman).