Perfecting Human Futures: Transhuman Visions And Technological Imaginations by J. Benjamin HurlbutPerfecting Human Futures: Transhuman Visions And Technological Imaginations by J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Perfecting Human Futures: Transhuman Visions And Technological Imaginations

byJ. Benjamin HurlbutEditorHava Tirosh-samuelson

Paperback | March 2, 2016

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Humans have always imagined better futures. From the desire to overcome death to the aspiration to dominion over the world, imaginations of the technological future reveal the commitments, values, and norms of those who construct them. Today, the human future is thrown into question by emerging technologies that promise radical control over human life and elicit corollary imaginations of human perfectibility. This interdisciplinary volume assembles scholars of science and technology studies, sociology, philosophy, theology, ethics, and history to examine imaginations of technological progress that promises to transcend the constraints of human body and being. Attending in particular to transhumanist and posthumanist visions, the volume breaks new ground by exploring their utopian and eschatological dimensions and situating them within a broader context of ideas, institutions, and practices of innovation. The volume invites specialists and general readers to explore the stakes of contemporary imaginations of technological innovation as a source of progress, a force of social and historical transformation, and as the defining essence of human life.
J. Benjamin Hurlbut is Assistant Professor of Bioscience Ethics in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.Hava Tirosh-Samuelson  is Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism and Director of the Center of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. 
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Title:Perfecting Human Futures: Transhuman Visions And Technological ImaginationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pagesPublished:March 2, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3658110430

ISBN - 13:9783658110437

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Table of Contents

Technological Imaginations.- Ethics and Politics of Envisioned Futures.-The Transhumanist Imagination in Context.

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"The central aim of this volume is to interrogate social visions that desire to overcome the limitations of human finitude through technological advancement. . this volume is a valuable resource for specialists and general readers to explore the stakes of imagined technological futures as a source of social, technological, and human transformation and is effective in stimulating further reading on the topic. I would not hesitate in recommending Perfecting Human Futures to my colleagues . ." (Michael G. Sherbert, Nanoethics, Vol. 10, 2016)