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We Have Always Been Cyborgs

Digital Data, Gene Technologies, and an Ethics of Transhumanism

By Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

Published

Nov 4, 2021

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529219203

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 4, 2021

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529219227

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 4, 2021

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529219227

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
We Have Always Been Cyborgs

The concept of transhumanism emerged in the middle of the 20th century, and has influenced discussions around AI, brain–computer interfaces, genetic technologies and life extension. Despite its enduring influence in the public imagination, a fully developed philosophy of transhumanism has not yet been presented.

In this new book, leading philosopher Stefan Lorenz Sorgner explores the critical issues that link transhumanism with digitalization, gene technologies and ethics. He examines the history and meaning of transhumanism and asks bold questions about human perfection, cyborgs, genetically enhanced entities, and uploaded minds.

Offering insightful reflections on values, norms and utopia, this will be an important guide for readers interested in contemporary digital culture, gene ethics, and policy making.

"... Sorgner presents us with an anti-utopian transhumanism." Il Sole 24 Ore

"With an encyclopaedic knowledge of transhumanism and a deep philosophical grounding, especially in Nietzschean thought, Stefan Sorgner tackles some of the most challenging ethical issues currently discussed, including gene editing, digital data collection, and life extension, with uncommon good sense and incisive conclusions. This study is one of the most detailed and comprehensive analyses available today. Highly recommended for anyone interested in transhumanist/posthumanist ideas and in these issues generally." N. Katherine Hayles, University of California, Los Angeles

"An eye-opening, wide-ranging and all-inclusive study of transhumanism. Sorgner’s account avoids both the utopian trap and the bogeyman spectre. He makes a compelling case for placing ourselves on the transhuman spectrum. How we continue to use technologies is in our hands. Sorgner’s book is both a comprehensive introduction to transhumanist thought and a clear-sighted vision for its future realisation." Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is Chair of the Department of History and Humanities at John Cabot University in Rome, and Editor-in-Chief and Founding Editor of Journal of Posthuman Studies.

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