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Humanism and its Discontents

The Rise of Transhumanism and Posthumanism

Editors: Jorion, Paul (Ed.)

  • Gives a historical account of how transhumanism and posthumanism developed as a critique of humanism 
  • Explains the links between transhumanism and posthumanism on one side and deconstruction, capitalism, and libertarianism
  • Sorgner and Jorion debate on truth, personhood, and Nietzsche's Superhuman
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This book explains that while posthumanism rose in opposition to the biblical contention that ‘Man was created in the image of God’, transhumanism ascertained the complementary view that ‘Man has been assigned dominion over all creatures’, further exploring a path that had been opened up by the Enlightenment’s notion of human perfectibility.

It explains also how posthumanism and transhumanism relate to deconstruction theory, and on a broader level to capitalism, libertarianism, and the fight against human extinction which may involve trespassing the boundary of the skin, achieving individual immortality or dematerialization of the Self and colonisation of distant planets and stars.

While one author contends that there is no Artificial Intelligence as all intelligence is artificial, two other authors debate about truth and reason in today’s world, the notion of personhood and the legacy of the Nietzschean Superhuman in the current varieties of anti-humanism.

About the authors

Paul Jorion, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Université Catholique de Lille, France. He trained as an anthropologist, sociologist and psychoanalyst. He taught at Cambridge University, UK, was a UCI Regents Lecturer and a member of the UCLA, USA, Human Complex Systems. He played a pioneering role in AI (British Telecom’s Connex project) and in developing financial algorithms.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Humanism and its Discontents
Book Subtitle
The Rise of Transhumanism and Posthumanism
Editors
  • Paul Jorion
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-67004-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-67003-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 200
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