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Author Sharon, Tamar, 1975- author

Title Human nature in an age of biotechnology : the case for mediated posthumanism / Tamar Sharon

Published Dordrecht : Springer, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (x, 241 pages) : illustrations
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Series Philosophy of engineering and technology, 1879-7202 ; volume 14
Philosophy of engineering and technology ; 14. 1879-7202
Contents Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. A Cartography of the Posthuman -- Chapter 3. The Human Enhancement Debate: For, Against and from Human Nature -- Chapter 4. Towards a Non-Humanist Posthumanism: The Originary Prostheticity of Radical and Methodological Posthumanism -- Chapter 5. From Molar to Molecular Bodies: Posthumanist Frameworks in Contemporary Biology -- Chapter 6. Posthuman Subjectivity: Beyond Modern Metaphysics -- Chapter 7. Technologically Produced Nature: Nature Beyond Schizophrenia and Paranoia -- Chapter 8. New Modes of Ethical Selfhood: Geneticization and Genetically Responsible Subjectivity -- Chapter 9. Conclusion
Summary New biotechnologies have propelled the question of what it means to be human, or posthuman, to the forefront of societal and scientific consideration. This volume provides an accessible, critical overview of the main approaches in the debate on posthumanism, and argues that they do not adequately address the question of what it means to be human in an age of biotechnology. It offers a comprehensive mapping of posthumanist discourse divided into four broad approaches, two of them humanist-based approaches: dystopic and liberal posthumanism, and two non-humanist approaches: radical and methodological posthumanism. The author compares and contrasts these models through an exploration of key issues, from human enhancement, to eugenics, to new configurations of biopower, questioning what role technology plays in defining the boundaries of the human. Building on the contributions and limitations of radical and methodological posthumanism, the author develops a novel perspective, mediated posthumanism, that brings together insights into the philosophy of technology, the sociology of biomedicine, and Michel Foucault's work on ethical subject constitution. In this framework, technology is neither a neutral tool nor a force that alienates humanity from itself, but something that is always already part of the experience of being human, and subjectivity is viewed as an emergent property that is constantly being shaped and transformed by its engagements with biotechnologies. Mediated posthumanism becomes a tool for identifying novel ethical modes of human experience that are richer and more multifaceted than allowed by current posthumanist perspectives. This is an essential reading for students and scholars working on ethics and technology, philosophy of technology, poststructuralism, technology and the body, and medical ethics
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Subject Biotechnology -- Philosophy.
Biotechnology -- Social aspects.
Biotechnology -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Bioethics -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9400775539
9400775547 (electronic bk.)
9789400775541 (electronic bk.)