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

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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".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415154352
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/29/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Loving the Poison: The memory of the human and the promise of the overhuman 9
2 Towards the Overhuman: On the art and artifice of Nietzsche's selection 37
3 Dead or Alive: On the death of eternal return 57
4 Nietzsche contra Darwin 85
5 Viroid Life: On machines, technics, and evolution 123
6 Timely Meditations on the Transhuman Condition: Nihilism, entropy and beyond 151
Bibliography 191
Index 199
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