Philosophy of Transhumanism

A Critical Analysis
 
 
Emerald Points; Emerald Publishing Limited
  • erschienen am 11. Mai 2020
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  • 236 Seiten
 
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Transhumanism is an international cultural movement which seeks to fundamentally transform the human condition through radical technological enhancement. Transhumanists claim that we are already in transition to a new phase of humanity where the limitations of mortality, ignorance, and suffering will soon be altered or even completely erased. The Philosophy of Transhumanism: A Critical Analysis presents the central ideas of transhumanist philosophy and offers a lens through which to reflect on the meaning of being human in anticipation of radical technology. The radical technologies in question variously include greater-than-human machine intelligence, mind-computer interfaces, gene-editing, and nanotechnology. The continued funding and interest generated by those associated with these projects suggest transhumanism is continued migration from a fringe concern to a central way of conceiving the future. Though a variety of positions exist within transhumanism, the unifying theme is a belief that the techno-engineering of a new type of upgraded human is both beneficial and inevitable. These ambitions raise serious questions about the appearance of a transhuman or even posthuman being, and warrants a critical analysis from alternative philosophical and religious perspectives. This book seeks to present the philosophy of transhumanism in a way that is both timely and accessible, and to challenge what will be seen as the core argument of transhumanist philosophy: that there is nothing about human beings that cannot be reconceived as a technical problem.
  • Englisch
  • Bingley
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  • Großbritannien
Emerald Publishing Limited
  • 0,46 MB
978-1-83982-624-5 (9781839826245)
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  • Cover
  • The Philosophy Of Transhumanism
  • The Philosophy Of Transhumanism: A Critical Analysis
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. Redesigning Humans
  • 1.1 Transhumanist Philosophy I: Summoning the Posthuman
  • 1.2 Transhumanist Philosophy II: Epistemological Certainty
  • 1.3 Resisting Transhumanism: Bioconservative Views
  • 1.4 The Language of Enhancement through the Lens of Automation
  • 2. Engaging with Transhumanism
  • 2.1 The Three Supers of Transhumanism
  • 2.2 Mythic and Religious Precursors to Transhumanism
  • 2.3 Modern Philosophy and the Emergence of Transhumanism
  • 2.4 Science Fiction: Transhumanism in the Cultural Imagination
  • 2.5 Realizing Transhumanism: Contemporary Institutions
  • 3. Living "Forever": Transhumanism and Mortality
  • 3.1 Human Immortality as Amortality
  • 3.2 The Ontology of Amortality
  • 3.3 Social-Political and Metaphysical Concerns Raised by Amortality
  • 4. "Unlimited" Intelligence and Well-being
  • 4.1 Questioning the Emergence of Superintelligence
  • 4.2 Faith in Superintelligence: An Inevitable Singularity?
  • 4.3 Engineering a Perfect World: Infinite Well-being
  • 4.4 Problematizing Transhuman Hedonism
  • 5. The Role of the Philosopher in Transhumanism
  • 5.1 The Overhuman: Proto-transhumanism or Critique?
  • 5.2 Questioning Cyborg Values
  • 5.3 Nietzsche's Philosophy: The Revaluation of Values
  • 6. Transhumanism and Buddhist Philosophy: Two Approaches to Suffering
  • 6.1 Deconstructing the Self versus Enhancing the Self
  • 6.2 Failing to "Empty" Emptiness: Deconstruction as Reification
  • 6.3 Buddhist Philosophy as an Alternative to Transhumanism?
  • Conclusion: Contesting and Considering Transhumanism
  • REFERENCES
  • INDEX

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