Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism

May 10, 2012|
Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism by Charlie Blake
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Beyond Humaninvestigates what it means to call ourselves human beings in relation to both our distant past and our possible futures as a species, and the questions this might raise for our relationship with the myriad species with which we share the planet. Drawing on insights from zoology, theology, cultural studies and aesthetics, an international line-up of contributors explore such topics as our origins as reflected in early cave art in the upper Palaeolithic through to our prospects at the forefront of contemporary biotechnology. In the process, the book positions "the human" in readiness for what many have characterized as our transhuman or posthuman future. For if our status as rational animals or "animals that think" has traditionally distinguished us as apparently superior to other species, this distinction has become increasingly problematic. It has come to be seen as based on skills and technologies that do not distinguish us so much as position us as transitional animals. It is the direction and consequences of this transition that is the central concern ofBeyond Human.
Charlie Blake is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory at Liverpool Hope University, UK. He has recently co-edited a two volume study for the journalAngelakientitledShadows of Cruelty: Sadism, Masochism & the Philosophical Muse, and contributed ''A Preface to Pornotheology: Spinoza, Deleuze & the Sexing of Angels'' to...
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Title:Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:312 pages, 8.5 X 5.43 X 0.93 in
Shipping dimensions:312 pages, 8.5 X 5.43 X 0.93 in
Published:May 10, 2012
Publisher:Bloomsbury
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781441107428

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