Viroid Life: Perspectives on Nietzsche and the Transhuman Condition / Edition 1

Viroid Life: Perspectives on Nietzsche and the Transhuman Condition / Edition 1

by Keith Ansell Pearson
     
 

Evolution is seen to be entering a bio-technological phase. Nietzsche's affirmation that "man is something that must be overcome" no longer has a rhetorical ring given the means at our disposal at the end of the twentieth century. Viroid Life boldly challenges existing explanations of these changes inherited from modernity, arguing that they have exhausted their… See more details below

Overview

Evolution is seen to be entering a bio-technological phase. Nietzsche's affirmation that "man is something that must be overcome" no longer has a rhetorical ring given the means at our disposal at the end of the twentieth century. Viroid Life boldly challenges existing explanations of these changes inherited from modernity, arguing that they have exhausted their usefulness and new models are needed to guide us in mapping through the future.

Exploring and critically examining the new realities of artificial life that confront us, Viroid Life brings together the tradition of Nietszchean thought with new work in exploratory biology and machinic thinking. Offering insights from Darwin to Gilles Deleuze and Guy Debord and the Situationist movement, Pearson provides a brave starting point for any inquiry on the future of the "human".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415154352
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/29/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Loving the Poison: The memory of the human and the promise of the overhuman9
2Towards the Overhuman: On the art and artifice of Nietzsche's selection37
3Dead or Alive: On the death of eternal return57
4Nietzsche contra Darwin85
5Viroid Life: On machines, technics, and evolution123
6Timely Meditations on the Transhuman Condition: Nihilism, entropy and beyond151
Bibliography191
Index199

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