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The Ahuman Manifesto


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preface Introduction: The End as Affirmation Chapter 1: Wither Identity? Chapter 2: All Action is Art Chapter 3: Interregnum Chapter 4: Occulture: Secular Spirituality Chapter 5: Embracing Death Chapter 6: The Future in the Age of the Apocalypse bibliography index

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A radical political and philosophical manifesto defending and promoting a new term, the Ahuman.

About the Author

Patricia MacCormack is Professor of Continental Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She is the author of Cinesexuality (2008), Post-Human Ethics (2012) and editor of The Animal Catalyst (Bloomsbury, 2014), Deleuze and the Animal (2017) and the upcoming Ecophilosophical Aesthetics (Bloomsbury, 2018).


Patricia MacCormack goes relentessly beyond "just" deconstructing anthropocentrism and dismantling multispecies extinction caused by human dominance in the Anthropocene. The manifesto is not only theorizing, but com/passionately calling for direct abolitionist action for the other at the expense of the (human) self. Trembling with joyful energy and critically affirmative insights, this manifesto encourages us to engage in ahuman arts&activist practices, inspired by queer feminist (secular) spirituality), and death activism. * Nina Lykke, Professor of Gender Studies, Linkoeping University, Sweden *
This beautiful book is both a passionate, insightful meditation on the world we actually live in, and a radical call to action. Is it even possible for us to stop being human, to let multiple beings flourish without reducing them to means for our own selfish ends? Reading this book, thinking with it and about it, and responding openly to it, is absolutely essential. * Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University, USA *
This book is a delightful provocation and invitation: to imagine a world without humans and to think of what we can do to get there. It is an urgent call for action. A joyful, lucid, fiercely intelligent call to readers to hope and work for a future not for themselves, but for the thriving of all nonhuman life. Engaging with this book will be a transformative experience. One cannot see the world or oneself in the same way after reading it. * Christine Daigle, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute, Brock University, Canada *
Patricia MacCormack's splendid refusal to nuance her intent in The Ahuman Manifesto will both intrigue and infuriate. As a vegan abolitionist/extinctionist, she provides an unrelenting and exacting take down of the violent self-interest of the human species, and offers a call to ethical action best described as eating the Anthropocene. * Margrit Shildrick, Guest Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production, Stockholm University, Sweden *

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