Céline Lafontaine

Theilard de Chardin, Prophet of Cyberspace

This paper dicusses the influence of the philosophy of Theilard de Chardin on the thinkers of cyberspace. From the concepts of noosphere and collective consciousness, the author highlights the religious roots of certain discourses about the Internet, specifically those of Pierre Lévy and Philippe Quéau. Characterized by a pro-technological evolutionism, these new forms of spirituality place the concept of subjectivity, inherited through the Christian tradition, in jeopardy by proposing a ‘ collectivized ’ model of subjective consciousness. Finally, the author raises the issue of a democratic laicism faced with the emergence of this pro-technological religiosity.