Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1949-1955). The Advent of the "Ultra-Human" and the Transition Toward the "New Anthropology" and "Neo-Christianity"

Variant title

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1949-1955). L’avvento dell’«Ultra-umano» e la transizione verso la «Nuova Antropologia» e il «Neo-cristianesimo»


Between September 1949 and 1955, the year of his death, the category of ‘Ultra-human’ became the element around which Teilhard’s thought was structured. The issues concerning the existence, nature, and future development of this neofor-mation, together with reflections on the theoretical and practical ‘shock’ that this new setting of human evolution produced in the fields of anthropology and religious thought, formed the main reference points of the Jesuit’s theoretical work. Research within a ‘New Anthropology’ and a ‘Neo-Christianity’ became the favoured avenues for dealing with the unknown matters imposed by the transition towards the ‘Ultra-human’, an evolutionary regime in which the cognitive and operational performances of men, and their decisions, play an increasingly relevant role.

Article history

Received 01 October 2020. Revised 12 October 2000. Accepted 07 November 2020. Published online 20 December 2020




Italian (it)


Gianfilippo GiustozziIstituto Teologico Marchigiano
Istituto Superiore Scienze Religiose di Pescara


Orbis Idearum Volume 8, Issue 2 (2020), pp. 39-67
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