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If biotechnology can be used to "upgrade" humans physically and mentally, should it be used at all? And, if so, to what extent? How will biotechnology affect societal cohesion? Can the development be controlled, or is this a Pandora's box that should remain closed?
These are but a few of the perplex questions facing scientists as a result of the increasing ability of technology to change biology and, in turn, profoundly change human living conditions. This development has created a new posthuman horizon that will influence contemporary life and politics in a number of ways.
The Posthuman Condition addresses the challenges of:
- Imagining a society where the properties of humans have shifted radically
- Assessing the scope of deploying technologies that are already underway
- Basing decisions on an ethical foundation that does not entail a concept of human nature
- Ascertaining the types of political action that can and should be taken in the face of this situation
The anthology brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines: biotechnology, medicine, ethics, politics, and aesthetics, and among contributors are Francis Fukuyama, Julian Savulescu, Maxwell Mehlman, John Harris and Chris Hables Gray.
Table of contents
Part I - Technological Scenarios
Cyborging the Posthuman: Participatory Evolution
How Close Are We to Being Able to Achieve the Transhumanist Vision?
Genetics - It Just Got Personal
The Medicine of the Future - Live Long and Prosper?
Part II - Ethical Dilemmas
Post-What? (And Why Does it Matter?)
Treating Symptoms Rather Than Causes? On "Enhancement" and Social Oppression
A Liberal View on Liberal Enhancement
Part III - Artistic Responses
Three Ways of Change: The New Human in Literature
Artistic Consequenses of Technology Insinuating Itself into the Human Body
Dehumanizing Danto and Fukuyama: Towards a Post-Hegelian Role for Art in Evolution
Part IV - Political Possibilities
Agency or Inevitabllity: Will Human Beings Control Their Technological Future?
Biological Egalitarianism: A Defense
MA in Scandinavian languages and literature Rikke works primarily with the series 50 højdepunkter and modern history and spends the rest of her time on communications, sales and marketing of Press books. She has a background as an expatriate Dane with jobs in the journals department at Cambridge University Press, teacher of English as a foreign language and project worker at art museums in the US.
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