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On Posthumanism : The Thinking in Action Series - Dominique Janicaud

On Posthumanism

The Thinking in Action Series

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Published: 1st October 2005
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The potential to clone, augment, and repair human beings is pushing the very concept of the human to its limit. Fantasies and metaphors of a supposedly monstrous and inhuman future increasingly dominate films, art and popular culture. On the Human Condition is an invigorating and fascinating exploration of where the idea of the human stands today. Given the damage human beings have inflicted on each other and their environment throughout history, should we embrace humanism or try and overcome it?
Dominique Janicaud explores these urgent questions and more. He argues that whilst we need to avoid apocalyptic talk of a post human condition, as embodied in technology such as cloning, we should neither fall back on a conservative humanism nor become technophobic. Drawing on illuminating examples such as genetic engineering, the novel Frankenstein, the legendary debate between Sartre and Heidegger over humanism, and the work of Primo Levi, Domnique Janicaud also explores the role of fantasy in understanding the human condition and asks where the line lies between the human, inhuman and the superhuman.

`Dominique Janicaud was one of the French philosophers most attentive to contemporary realities and their origins, without ever forfeiting conceptual rigour.' -Roger Pol-Droit, Le Monde

Introduction: The Overcoming of Overcoming: On Dominique Janicaudp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Is Humanism the Last Resort?p. 5
The Danger of Monstersp. 19
From Foreseeable Risks to the Unforeseeablep. 35
Between the Superhuman and the Inhumanp. 44
Conclusion: What 'Overcoming' Meansp. 54
Notesp. 59
Bibliographyp. 66
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ISBN: 9780415327961
ISBN-10: 0415327962
Series: Thinking in Action
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 71
Published: 1st October 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.96 x 13.16  x 0.76
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Number: 1