Sartre and Posthumanist Humanism

Sartre and Posthumanist Humanism


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In recent years, calls for a new humanism have arisen from a variety of voices across the spectrum of philosophy, expressing frustration with outdated models of the human that cannot account for the richness of our social being. The postmodern deconstruction of the human now requires a reconstructive moment. In response, the author articulates a new and explicitly posthumanist humanism using the framework developed by Jean-Paul Sartre in his later Marxist-Existentialist works. Sartre’s unique dialectical and hermeneutical methods allow us to reconceptualize the human beyond traditional dichotomies of individual/social and freedom/necessity. The author argues that the individual and the social should be understood as existing within a dynamic, co-constituting interrelation, and that individual autonomy is not at odds with, but rather fundamentally enabled by, the social.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631616758
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/26/2012
Series: Beyond Humanism: Trans- and Posthumanism / Jenseits des Humanismus: Trans- und Posthumanismus Series , #4
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Butterfield is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgia Southern University, where she regularly teaches courses in Existentialism, Ethics, and the Philosophy of Religion. She received her PhD from Emory University in 2004. Her recent publications have addressed topics such as Sartre and Marcuse, James Bond, and maternal authenticity.

Table of Contents

Contents: Materiality in Human Existence: The Practico-Inert, Scarcity, and Needs – Reconceptualizing the Individual and the Social: The Theory of Objective Spirit – The Co-Constitution of the Individual and the Social – Problems and Possibilities for Human Relationships – The Posthuman Condition and Difference: The Nature of Social Identities.

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