Critical Posthumanism, Critical Posthumanisms

Stefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus

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    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Publication series

    NameCritical Posthumanisms
    ISSN (Electronic)1872-0943

    Bibliographical note

    Author's note: This co-authored monograph is the “manifesto” volume of a new monograph series hosted by the Dutch-American international publisher Rodopi. Ivan Callus and I are co-authors of this first volume and co-general editors of the series. We were invited to establish this series by Rodopi on the basis of our previous work and reputation in the field of posthumanism. Posthumanism has established itself in the past ten years as a theoretical investigation of the current crisis of humanism and anthropocentrism. The integrity of the human has been challenged by technocultural and technoscientific developments (cyborgisation, prosthesisation, bio-, info-, nanotechnologies and cognitive science – which have all questioned the idea of a stable and universal “human nature” or a clearly definable “humanity”). In our interventions within this debate we have constantly insisted on a critique of the technological determinism that underlies many of the imagined scenarios of human replacement by the figure of some “successor species” (robots, AI, “enhanced” posthumans etc.). Instead we have been establishing critical genealogies, prefigurations and theoretical anticipations of the posthuman and we have thus been arguing for a critical posthumanism “without” technology. This volume constitutes the summary of our interventions of the last decade and provides a major shift and problematisation of the current debate on the idea and significance of the posthuman.

    The volume provides a rigorous anchoring and critique of the current debate within the history of humanism, the anti-humanism of the predominant theoretical paradigm within the humanities over the last three to four decades (poststructuralism and deconstruction) and the genealogy of the figure of the “posthuman”. It also analyses the variety of theoretical positions within the growing field of posthuman studies (from theologically motivated neohumanist to radically disembodied forms of transhumanism). There is reason to believe that it will become one of the major reference points and introductions to this growing interdisciplinary field of investigation in the humanities, social theory and critical science studies.

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