Inhuman Thoughts: Philosophical Explorations of Posthumanity

Inhuman Thoughts: Philosophical Explorations of Posthumanity

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by Asher Seidel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739123289

ISBN-13: 9780739123287

Pub. Date: 03/25/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

Inhuman Thoughts is a philosophical exploration of the possibility of increasing the physiological and psychological capacities of humans to the point that they are no longer biologically, psychologically, or socially human. The movement is from the human through the trans-human to the post-human. The tone is optimistic; Asher Seidel argues that such an evolution

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Inhuman Thoughts is a philosophical exploration of the possibility of increasing the physiological and psychological capacities of humans to the point that they are no longer biologically, psychologically, or socially human. The movement is from the human through the trans-human to the post-human. The tone is optimistic; Asher Seidel argues that such an evolution would be of positive value on the whole.

Seidel's initial argument supports the need for a comprehensive ethical theory, the success of which would parallel that of a large-scale scientific revolution, such as Newtonian mechanics. He elabortes the movement from the improved-but-still-human to the post-human, and philosophically examines speculated examples of post-human forms of life, including indefinitely extended lifespan, parallel consciousness, altered perception, asociality, and asexuality.

Inhuman Thoughts is directed at those interested in philosophical questions on human nature and the best life given the possibilities of that nature. Sedidel's overall argument is that the most satisfactory answer to the latter question involves a transcendence of the present confines of human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739123287
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Revolutionary Ethics 11

3 On Human Improvement 25

4 Facing Immortality 41

5 Parallel Consciousness 65

6 Mindful Seeing 79

7 Alone and Without Love 93

8 Temporarily in Conclusion 109

Selected Bibliography 125

Index of Proper Names 129

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