Baggot Michael

Michael Baggot, L.C.

Michael Baggot, L.C.

Professore assistente di Bioetica

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Email: [email protected]
Sintesi delle aree di interesse:

Prof. Michael Baggot
Be.D., Ph.L.

 

Contatti
– Email: [email protected]

Aree di interesse
– Transumanesimo;
– Etica della virtĂą;
– Potenziamento;
– Legge morale naturale;
– Theosis;
– Tomismo.

 

INFORMAZIONI PERSONALI/ Personal Information

Fr. Michael Baggot, PhD was received into the Catholic Church on the Easter Vigil of 2003, after a high school conversion from agnosticism. He then graduated summa cum laude from Christendom College with a B.A. in Philosophy, before working in Rome as a Resident Director for the school’s study abroad program. In 2013, he received a Licentiate in Philosophy summa cum laude from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. In 2017, he received a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology summa cum laude from the same institution. Prior to entering the seminary, Baggot reported on prominent bioethical issues as a reporter. He spent his initial period of seminary formation near Cologne, Germany. He later worked as an assistant for the Curso de Hispanidad in Mexico City and as a teacher at Pinecrest Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, before returning to Rome for further studies. He has worked as the Correspondent of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights from 2011-2019, during which time he has penned articles for the organization’s website and for the scholarly journal Studia Bioethica. In 2015, he began contributing to the journal of religion and public life First Things. In 2016, he began teaching in the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum. In 2016-2017, he also acted as a tutor of the Sinderesi program that aids university students in the discernment of contemporary social issues. Baggot received summa cum laude for his doctoral dissertation “Transhumanism, Thomism and True Perfection: A Thomistic Evaluation of the Admirable Aspirations and Lamentable Limitations of the Technocentric, Postmodern, Secular, Liberal Worldview of the Oxford Transhumanists” at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in the Faculty of Bioethics in June 2021. He is currently Assistant Professor of Bioethics at Regina Apostolorum. He is also Research Scholar at the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights in Rome, Italy. He was Adjunct Professor of Theology at the Christendom College Rome program from 2018-2022. His writings have appeared in First Things, Studia Bioethica, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. He is editor of and contributor to the book Enhancement Fit for Humanity: Perspectives on Emerging Technologies (Routledge, 2022).

 

Short version:

Fr. Michael Baggot, PhD is currently Assistant Professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. He is also Research Scholar at the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights in Rome, Italy. He was Adjunct Professor of Theology at the Christendom College Rome program from 2018-2022. His writings have appeared in First Things, Studia Bioethica, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. He is editor of and contributor to the book Enhancement Fit for Humanity: Perspectives on Emerging Technologies (Routledge, 2022).

 

 

 

Nome e Cognome/Name Michael Baggot
Indirizzo abitazione/ Address Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
Telefono/Telephone +3906665271

+393402383109

E-mail [email protected]
Social Network   Michael Baggot (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook)

 

NazionalitĂ / Nationality   Statunitense/American

 

Data di nascita/ Date of birth   18/05/1985

 

ISTRUZIONE E FORMAZIONE/Education  
   
Doctorate in Bioethics

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum

titolo della tesi: “Transhumanism, Thomism, and True Perfection: A Thomistic Evaluation of the Admirable Aspirations and Lamentable Limitations of the Technocentric, Postmodern, Secular, Liberal Worldview of the Oxford Transhumanists”

10.0/10.0 summa cum laude

2017-2021
Baccalaureato in Teologia

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum

titolo della tesi: “The Theo-drama of Salvation History:

A mystagogical reading of the Sistine Chapel in its theological unity for the contemporary pilgrim”

9.9/10.0 summa cum laude

2014-2017
Diploma in Bioetica

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum

2014-2015
Licenza in Filosofia

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum

titolo della tesi: “Man’s Journey to God: Reflections on Man’s Pre-Philosophical, Introspective, and Metaphysical Approaches to God”

9.7/10.0 summa cum laude

 

2012-2014
Bachelor’s in Philosophy

Christendom College

Thesis title: “Rising with Two Wings: Man’s Knowledge of God and Reality through Common Sense, Philosophy, and Revealed Religion”

3.9/4.0 summa cum laude

 

2003-2007

 

MADRELINGUA /mother tongue English
   
ALTRE LINGUE/Other languages  
 
Italiano  
   
Español  
   
   
ESPERIENZE PROFESSIONALI DI INSEGNAMENTO /Teaching

 

The History and Philosophy of the LGBTQ+ perspectives

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum 

 

The Meaning of and Responses to Climate Change

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum 

 

An Analysis of the Oxford Transhumanists

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum 

Syllabus

 

Teologia morale

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum 

Sillabo

 

Introduction to Moral Theology (THEO 302)

Christendom College

Syllabus

 

2023-present

 

 

2023-present

 

 

2022-present

 

 

 

2021-present

 

 

 

2018-2021

Etica Generale (BIOP 2051)

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum 

Sillabo

 

2018-presente
Apologetics and the New Evangelization (THEO 301)

Christendom College

Syllabus

 

2017-2022
Catholic Worldview (summer course)

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum 

Syllabus

 

2017-present
Philosophy Synthesis Seminar (FILS1A02)

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum 

Syllabus

 

2016
Catholic Religion

Pinecrest Academy

 

2011-2012
PROGETTI DI RICERCA/ Research Interests  

 

Transhumanism, Thomism, and True Perfection: A Thomistic Evaluation of the Admirable Aspirations and Lamentable Limitations of the Technocentric Secular Postmodern Worldview of the Oxford Transhumanists

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum 

 

The thesis is a critical analysis of transhumanism as a technocentric secular postmodern worldview in response to which the Thomistic integrated vision of the natural moral law virtue ethics offers a sure path to the human improvement transhumanism purports to provide. In particular, the study gives privileged attention to the Oxford School of transhumanism insofar as Nick Bostrom, Julian Savulescu, and their collaborators usually provide the most systematic philosophical presentation of key points of the transhumanist worldview. Likewise, the text draws heavily upon contemporary Thomistic thinkers to assess the legitimate desires for transcendence in the transhumanist outlook and as a corrective to the limits of the technocratic secular vision.

The work proposes a creative retrieval of Thomistic thought to present a richer vision of human flourishing and a sure guide to transcendent bliss that both fulfills and surpasses the expectations of the transhumanist worldview. Thus, the Thomist does not induce the secular transhumanist to suppress his aspirations for greatness; instead, he invites the wayward transhumanist to cultivate and order his desires toward the true goods that will bring him the eternal life for which he only confusedly but rightfully longs. Overall, this work provides a unique presentation of how the Thomistic synthesis of metaphysics, natural theology, anthropology, and virtue-centered ethics overcomes the limited perspective of the dominant technocratic paradigm to show the human person’s unique dignity and destiny for beatitude.

 

2017-2021
PUBBLICAZIONI/ Publications  

 

Baggot, M., “Consciousness and the Acting Person,” in Bioethics and States of Consciousness. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle upon Tyne 2022 (forthcoming).

 

Baggot, M., “A Thomistic Proposal to Move Beyond the Posthuman and Toward Human Perfection,” in Transhumanismo: ¿Homo sapiens o cyborg?. Editorial UFV. Madrid 2022 (forthcoming).

 

Baggot, M., “A Thomistic Assessment of Contemporary Transhumanism as a Postmodern, Secular, Liberal Movement” in Baggot, M. (ed.) Enhancement Fit for Humanity: Perspectives on Emerging Technologies. Routledge. New York 2022.

 

Baggot, M.– García A.–Carrara A.–Tham, J. (ed.) Enhancement Fit for Humanity: Perspectives on Emerging Technologies. Routledge. New York 2022.

 

Tham, J.– Melahn L. – Baggot, M. “Withdrawing critical care from patients in a triage situation.” Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. January 4, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-020-09999-4.

 

Baggot, M., “The Human Person: A Bioethical Word by Francis Etheredge.” The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. Autumn 2020. https://doi.org/10.5840/ncbq202020354.

 

Baggot, M. – Bindi, S. – Cosmano, L. – Pisani, M. “After Quantum Physics: Shaping a New Cosmology.” Sangalli, S. (ed.) Beyond the Limits: Consequences of Technological Revolution in Society. Gregorian & Biblical Press. Rome 2017.

 

Baggot, M. “No, Junior, the Catholic Church is not the same as ISIS.” First Things. December 16, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/12/no-junior-the-catholic-church-is-not-the-same-as-isis.

 

Baggot, M. “Between the Capitals of the World.” First Things. September 30, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/between-the-capitals-of-the-world.

 

Baggot, M. “On Roman Holy Days.” First Things. September 14, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/on-roman-holy-days.

 

Baggot, M. “Mother Teresa’s Inspiration Day and Ours.” First Things. September 8, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/mother-teresas-inspiration-day-and-ours.

 

Baggot, M. “Dottore della Chiesa Subito!” First Things. September 2, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/dottore-della-chiesa-subito.

 

Baggot, M. “Lectio Divina and the Facebook Newsfeed.” First Things. August 25, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/lectio-divina-and-the-facebook-newsfeed.

 

Baggot, M. “The Nones and the Buffered Self.” First Things. August 24, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/the-nones-and-the-buffered-self.

 

Baggot, M. “The Digital Triptych.” First Things. August 19, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/the-digital-triptych.

 

Baggot, M. “Dressing for Others.” First Things. August 17, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/dressing-for-others.

 

Baggot, M. “Cardinal Sarah’s Liberal Liturgical Vision.” First Things. August 15, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/cardinal-sarahs-liberal-liturgical-vision.

 

Baggot, M. “What Men who Left Seminary Taught me about Women’s Ordination.” First Things. August 9, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/what-men-who-left-seminary-taught-me-about-womens-ordination.

 

Baggot, M. “The Danish Girl: Transgender Apologetic, or Rebuttal?.” First Things. August 5, 2016. https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/the-danish-girl-transgender-apologetic-or-rebuttal.

 

Baggot, M. “Review of Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction.” First Things. March 2016.

 

Baggot, M. “Pope Francis and the Promotion of the Human Person in Mass Media.” Studia Bioethica. Vol. 9. January 2016. https://riviste.upra.org/index.php/bioethica/article/view/3576/2696.

 

Baggot, M. “Review of Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms.” First Things. November 2015.

 

Baggot, M. “Are Science and Faith in conflict? From Galileo and Darwin to current bioethical debates.” Studia Bioethica. Vol. 6. No. 2. March 2014. https://riviste.upra.org/index.php/bioethica/article/download/3104/2300/.

 

Presentazione/Presentations

 

Baggot, M. “Improving upon Transhumanism: A Thomistic Natural Moral Law Virtue Ethics Assessment of Moral Enhancement Proposals.” Eleventh International Thomistic Congress. September 19, 2022.

 

Baggot, M. “Procreative Beneficence’s Disregard for Dignity in the Pursuit of an Improved Humanity.” The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference “I Have Called You by Name: Human Dignity in a Secular World.” November 13, 2021.

 

Baggot, M. “A Thomistic Proposal to Move Beyond the Posthuman and Toward Human Perfection.” Congreso Razón Abierta 2021. June 18, 2021.

 

Baggot, M. “Thomism, Transhumanism, and True Perfection.” Congresso Online de Tomismo. January 29, 2021.

 

Baggot, M. “From Transgenderism to Transhumanism to Transfiguration.” Catholic Apologetics Virtual Conference. October 23-25, 2020.

 

 

SERVIZI PROFESSIONALI/Professional Services

 

 
Chaplain and Tour Guide (Italy study abroad program)

Benedictine College

·         Celebrate Masses, hear confessions, offer spiritual guidance to study abroad students.

·         Organize Rome itinerary with Program Directors.

·         Explain important historic sites.

2018-present
   
Art and Faith Tour Guide

Vatican Museums

·         Guided tours on an itinerary that included the Pio Clementino Museum (classical antiquity), the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps (Renaissance Art), the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

2016-2017
Assistant

Lumen Institute

·         Organized bible studies, film discussions, retreats, and other formative activities for local businessman interested in growing in their faith in an environment of fraternal support.

2010-2011
Pharmacist Assistant

CVS Pharmacy

·         Identified and distributed patient prescriptions in accord with company privacy policies.

2008
Resident Director (Rome campus)

Christendom College

·         Mentored junior students during their Italian study-abroad program through personal contact that addressed various areas of spiritual, academic, and emotional growth the program facilitated.

·         Assisted program directors by organizing tours, grading quizzes, and implementing discipline policies.

 

2007
Head Resident Assistant

Christendom College

·         Mentored college students and guided the activity of fellow male resident assistants on campus.

·         Responsibilities included consistent, personal contact with all enrolled male students; scheduling and directing duties of other male resident assistants; active participation in student council activities; promotion of healthy dormitory life; prudent enforcement of campus disciplinary policies.

 

2006-2007
Summer Camp Counselor

Christendom College

·         Mentored high school seniors and juniors attending the two-week college programs.

Responsibilities included organizing cultural, athletic, and recreational trips; altar server training; personal dialogue with students.

2006-2007
   

 

SERVIZI IN UNIVERSITĂ€/University Service

 

 
Research Scholar

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights

·         Conducted research on in the field of emerging technologies.

·         Was main editor of a collection of chapters devoted to themes of emerging technologies and human enhancement.

 

Correspondent

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights

·         Wrote news articles for the organization’s website www.unescobiochair.org and scholarly articles for the journal Studia Bioethica.

·         Reviewed a series of talks for the 2nd International Conference on Bioethics, Multiculturalism and Religion in Rome.

 

2021-present

 

 

 

 

2011-2019

Assistant of the Curso de Hispanidad

Sacerdos Institute

·         Accompanied US diocesan priests and seminaries during their immersion program in the Spanish language.

·         Helped to organize tours and other cultural activities in Mexico City.

2011

 

referenze/References
Alberto GarcĂ­a GĂłmez, Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights

+39 3408637698, [email protected]

 

Mark Wunsch, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Academic Director of the Rome Program of Christendom College

+1 800 877 5456 ext. 1320, [email protected]  

 

Daniel Musso, Executive Director of the Center for International Education of Benedictine College

+1 913 360 2790, [email protected]  

 

Data di aggiornamento/Update

31.5.22

DATI PERSONALI/

Personal Details

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