Policy Press

The Politics and Ethics of Transhumanism

Techno-Human Evolution and Advanced Capitalism

By Alexander Thomas

Published

Jul 24, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529239645

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 24, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529239652

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 24, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529239669

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
The Politics and Ethics of Transhumanism

Available open access digitally under CC-BY-NC-ND licence

Transhumanism is a philosophy which advocates for the use of technology to radically enhance human capacities.

This book interrogates the promises of transhumanism, arguing that it is deeply entwined with capitalist ideology. In an era of escalating crisis and soaring inequality, it casts doubt on a utopian techno-capitalist narrative of unending progress. In critiquing the transhumanist project, the book offers an alternative ethical framework for the future of life on the planet.

As the debates around the advancement of AI and corporate-led digital technologies intensify, this is an important read for academics as well as policy makers .

Alexander Thomas is a filmmaker and Senior Lecturer at the University of East London.

1. A Brief History of Transhumanism and its Critics

2. The Logics and Trajectories of Advanced Capitalism

3. Technologies of Power and Control

4. Data Totalitarianism

5. Transcendent Conformity

6. Systemic Dehumanisation

7. Towards an Ethics for the Future: Posthumanism and Adorno’s Aporia

8. Conclusion