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Ayn Rand and the Posthuman

The Mind-Made Future

Authors: Murnane, Ben

  • Examines Rand’s influence in the 21st century from a cultural, political, technological, and economic perspective
  • Contributes to scholarship on science fiction and specifically posthuman science fiction
  • Addresses transhumanism and other facets of posthumanism
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About this book

Ayn Rand and the Posthuman is a study of the American novelist’s relationship with twenty-first-century ideas about technology. Rand wrote science fiction that has inspired Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, politicians, and economists. Ben Murnane demonstrates Rand’s connection to, and impact on, those with a “posthuman” vision, in which human and machine merge. The text examines the philosophical intersections between Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and posthumanism, and Rand’s influence on transhumanism, a major branch of posthumanist thought. The book further investigates Rand’s presence and portrayal in various examples of posthumanist science fiction, including Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, popular videogame BioShock, and Zoltan Istvan’s novel The Transhumanist Wager. Considering Rand’s influence from a cultural, political, technological, and economic perspective, this study throws light on an under-documented but highly significant aspect of Rand’s legacy.

About the authors

Ben Murnane was born in 1984. He is the author of a memoir, Two in a Million (2008), and a collection of poetry, Feather Silence (2010), and has written for several newspapers and academic publications. He completed his PhD at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2016.

 

Reviews

“As Ben Murnane’s wonderful book makes clear, Ayn Rand is, by any reckoning, amongst the most influential writers of the twentieth century—but given that the responses to her work are so politically charged, and so polarized, it can be very difficult to see her work clearly. She is a writer who needs rescuing from her admirers as much as from her critics. Murnane’s book takes us beyond the ideological controversy, to offer a wholly new reading of her work and her influence. Through Murnane, Rand speaks to the contemporary world in new and surprising ways, sometimes disturbing but always vital.” (Darryl Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

“Murnane succeeds in offering an insightful and—a rare treat in academia—fun book that both entertains and challenges. It’s a timely and useful contribution, which breaks new ground.”(Claudia Franziska Brühwiler, Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Posthuman Objective

    Murnane, Ben

    Pages 1-16

  • Points of Entry

    Murnane, Ben

    Pages 17-54

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  • The Posthuman and the Objectivist

    Murnane, Ben

    Pages 55-91

  • Rand Noir vs. Rand Incorporated

    Murnane, Ben

    Pages 93-131

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  • Objectivism in BioShock

    Murnane, Ben

    Pages 133-159

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Buy this book

eBook 59,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90853-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 72,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90852-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ayn Rand and the Posthuman
Book Subtitle
The Mind-Made Future
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90853-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90853-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90852-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 197
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