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Palgrave Macmillan

Sex and the Posthuman Condition

ISBN 9781137393494
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

Sex and the Posthuman Condition looks at the way sexuality is framed in enhancement scenarios and descriptions of the resulting posthuman future and how those representations are informed by mythological and other historical and literary paradigms. It examines the glorious sex life that we are allegedly going to enjoy, due to greater control of our emotions, a vastly improved capacity for experiencing pleasure, and, most importantly, the ready availability of sex robots that are willing and able to fulfill all our dreams and desires. Through a series of philosophical and literary explorations, Michael Hauskeller raises questions about both the replacement of the real flesh-and-blood human lover with a machine or other kind of artefact (from Ovid's Pygmalion to the soon-to-be-perfected sexbots) and the mechanization of the process of love (from De Sade to neurotechnological manipulations of our love-related emotions and attitudes), as well as the values that underlie such ideas and developments.

Michael Hauskeller is an Associate Professor at, and Head of, the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter, UK. He has published more than a dozen philosophical books including Biotechnology and the Integrity of Life (2007) and Better Humans? Understanding the Enhancement Project (2013), and more than 80 research papers.

Contents
1. After the Singularity: the Glorious Sex Life of the Posthuman
2. Sexbots on the Rise
3. Three Literary Paradigms: Pygmalion, The Sandman, and The Future Eve
4. Promethean Shame and the Engineering of Love
5. The Rehabilitation of the Human Body: Lawrence and Houellebecq
6. The Marquis de Sade on Happiness, Nature and Liberty
7. Synthetik Love Lasts Forever
8. Kissengers and Surrogates
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