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We Have Always Been Cyborgs

Digital Data, Gene Technologies and an Ethics of Transhumanism

By Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

Published

Oct 1, 2021

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529219203

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 1, 2021

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529219227

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    The concept of transhumanism emerged in the middle of the twentieth 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 been presented yet.

    In this new book, leading philosopher Stefan Lorenz Sorgner explores the critical issues that link transhumanism with digitalisation, 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.

    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 the Journal of Posthuman Studies.

    PART ONE: TRANSHUMANISM IN A NUTSHELL

    Philosophical Issues

    PART TWO: ON A SILICON-BASED TRANSHUMANISM

    Transhumanism without Mind Uploading and Immortality

    A Democratic Usage of our Digital Data as a Pragmatic Must-Have?

    PART THREE: ON A CARBONATE-BASED TRANSHUMANISM

    From Nietzsche’s Overhuman to the Post-human of Transhumanism: Transcultural Discourses

    Moral (Bio)Enhancement

    Gene Modification

    Gene Selection

    PART FOUR: A FICTIVE ETHICS

    Using Gene Technologies as a Vice?

    Three Transhumanist Types of Human Perfection

    What Does it Mean to Harm a Person?

    Transhumanism and the Land of Cockaygne