The Posthuman Condition: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Challenges

The Posthuman Condition: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Challenges

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Jacob Wamberg, "The Posthuman Condition: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Challenges"
English | ISBN: 8779345700 | 2012 | 227 pages | PDF | 2 MB

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.


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