Transhumanism, Nature, and the Ends of Science

Author:   Robert Frodeman (University of North Texas, USA)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780367189396


Pages:   160
Publication Date:   06 June 2019
Format:   Hardback
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This book offers a social, political, and aesthetic critique of transhumanism and of the accelerating growth of scientific knowledge generally. Rather than improving our lives, science and technology today increasingly leave us debilitated and infantilized. It is time to restrain the runaway ambitions of technoscientific knowledge. The transhumanist goal of human enhancement encapsulates a range of dangerous social pathologies. Like transhumanism itself, these pathologies are rooted in, or in reaction to, the ethos of 'more'. It's a cultural love affair with excess, which is prompted by the libertarian standards of our cultural productions. But the attempt to live at the speed of an electron is destined for failure. In response, the author offers a naturalistic account of human flourishing where we attend to the natural rhythms of life. The interdisciplinary orientation of Transhumanism, Nature, and the Ends of Science makes it relevant to scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines, including social and political philosophy, philosophy of technology, science and technology studies, environmental studies, and public policy.

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Author:   Robert Frodeman (University of North Texas, USA)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.386kg
ISBN:  

9780367189396


ISBN 10:   0367189399
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   06 June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Humanity and nature have been defended on many sides from the onslaught of science and technology, but in this book Frodeman expertly confronts what is arguably the great challenge of them all, transhumanism. - Steve Fuller, Author of Humanity 2.0, University of Warwick, UK. For a long time, I've had misgivings about the transhumanist project. This book has helped me understand why. This is a deep and important book. We owe it to ourselves to take seriously as we rush headlong into a hyper-technological future. - David Livingstone Smith, University of New England, USA


Robert Frodeman has written the most searching and serious philosophical critique of transhumanism, which does justice to many misgivings surrounding the movement. Advocates of transhumanism need to respond sensibly to Frodeman's many challenges. - Steve Fuller, University of Warwick, UK For a long time, I've had misgivings about the transhumanist project. This book has helped me understand why. This is a deep and important book. We owe it to ourselves to take seriously as we rush headlong into a hyper-technological future. - David Livingstone Smith, University of New England, USA


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Robert Frodeman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas. He is the author and/or editor of 16 books, including the Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, Sustainable Knowledge: A Theory of Interdisciplinarity, and Socrates Tenured: The Institutions of 21st Century Philosophy (with Adam Briggle).

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