Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors

Transhumanism and the Body

The World Religions Speak

Editors: Mercer, C., Maher, D. (Eds.)

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This collection of original articles, a sequel of sorts to the 2009 Religion and the Implications of Radical Life Extension (Palgrave Macmillan), is the first sustained reflection, by scholars with expertise in the faith traditions, on how the transhumanist agenda might impact the body.

About the authors

James J. Hughes, Trinity College, USA Nick Bostrom, University of Oxford, UK Livia Kohn, Boston University, USA Hamid Mavani, Claremont Graduate University, USA Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University, USA Rabbi Elliot Dorff, American University of Judaism, USA Adam Miller, Collin College, USA James F. Keenan, Boston College, USA Ron Cole-Turner, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, USA

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"It's time for religious folks to take a look at their bodies. Just how valuable is our body? It's time to ask this, because transhumanists are proposing a more highly evolved bodiless existence. Mercer and Maher ask us: do we really want to go there?" - Ted Peters, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, USA

"Technological progress entails manipulating nature for our own ends, so is easily seen by people of faith as challenging the wisdom of the Creator. But were we not created with the ability and desire to engage in technology? Was it a sin to develop fire, or medicine? These essays will forcefully reassure readers that further technological progress, even if sometimes burdened with the unnecessarily scary label 'transhumanism,' will also be God's work." - Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation, UK


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction—The Transhumanist FAQ: A General Introduction

    Bostrom, Nick

    Pages 1-17

  • Buddhism: The Transformed Body in Buddhism

    Maher, Derek F.

    Pages 19-34

  • Daoism—Enhancing Cosmic Energy: The Daoist Body in the Twenty-first Century

    Kohn, Livia

    Pages 35-49

  • Hinduism: Many Paths, Many Births

    Chapple, Christopher Key

    Pages 51-65

  • Islam—God’s Deputy: Islam and Transhumanism

    Mavani, Hamid

    Pages 67-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transhumanism and the Body
Book Subtitle
The World Religions Speak
Editors
  • C. Mercer
  • D. Maher
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34276-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137342768
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36583-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47391-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 217
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