On the Human Condition / Edition 1

On the Human Condition / Edition 1

by Dominique Janicaud
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415327962

ISBN-13: 9780415327961

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The potential to clone, augment, and repair human beings is pushing the very concept of the human to its limit. Fantasies and metaphors of a supposedly monstrous and inhuman future increasingly dominate films, art and popular culture. On the Human Condition is an invigorating and fascinating exploration of where the idea of the human stands today. Given the…  See more details below

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The potential to clone, augment, and repair human beings is pushing the very concept of the human to its limit. Fantasies and metaphors of a supposedly monstrous and inhuman future increasingly dominate films, art and popular culture. On the Human Condition is an invigorating and fascinating exploration of where the idea of the human stands today. Given the damage human beings have inflicted on each other and their environment throughout history, should we embrace humanism or try and overcome it?

Dominique Janicaud explores these urgent questions and more. He argues that whilst we need to avoid apocalyptic talk of a post human condition, as embodied in technology such as cloning, we should neither fall back on a conservative humanism nor become technophobic. Drawing on illuminating examples such as genetic engineering, the novel
Frankenstein, the legendary debate between Sartre and Heidegger over humanism, and the work of Primo Levi, Domnique Janicaud also explores the role of fantasy in understanding the human condition and asks where the line lies between the human, inhuman and the superhuman.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415327961
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Thinking in Action Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1First homily
On the origin of humanity, discourse 1 : on that which is according to the image31
2Second homily
On the origin of humanity, discourse 2 : on the human being49
3Homily explaining that God is not the cause of evil65
4Homily against anger81
5Homily on the words "be attentive to yourself"93
6Letter 233, to Bishop Amphilochius, who has asked a question107
7Long rules, selections111

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