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Philosophical Posthumanism


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Foreword: The Posthuman As Exuberant Excess by Rosi Braidotti Introduction: From Humans to Posthumans 1. Part 1 What is Philosophical Posthumanism? 1. Premises 2. From Postmodern to Posthuman 3. Posthumanism and Its Others 4. The Birth of Transhumanism 5. Contemporary Transhumanism(s) 6 The Roots of Transhumanism 7 Transhumanism and Techno-Enchantment 8. Posthumanist Technologies as Ways of Revealing 9. Antihumanism and the UEbermensch 10. Philosophical Posthumanism Interlude 1 Part 2 Of Which "Human" is the Posthuman a "Post"? 11. The Power of the Hyphen 12. Humanizing 13. The Anthropological Machine 14. Almost, Human 15. Technologies of the Self as Posthumanist (Re)Sources 16. The Epiphany of Becoming Human 17. Where does the word "human" come from? 18. Mammals or Homo sapiens? Interlude 2 Part 3 Have We Always Been Posthuman? 19. Post-Anthropocentrism in the Anthropocene 20. Posthuman Life a. Bios and Zoe b. Animate / Inanimate 21. Artificial Life 22. Evolving Species 23. Posthumanities 24. Posthuman Bioethics 25. Human Enhancement 26. Cognitive Autopoiesis 27. Posthumanist Perspectivism 28. From New Materialisms to Object Oriented Ontology 29. Philosophical Posthumanist Ontology 30. The Multiverse a. The Multiverse in Science b. The Multiverse in Philosophy c. A Thought Experiment: The Posthuman Multiverse Concluding Celebration Bibliography Acknowledgements

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A road map to philosophical posthumanism, laying out its theories and developing its historical, genealogical and onto-epistemological relevance.

About the Author

Francesca Ferrando is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at NYU-Liberal Studies, New York University, USA. A leading voice in the field of Posthuman Studies and founder of the NY Posthuman Research Group, she is the recipient of numerous honors and recognitions.


In this stunning book Francesca Ferrando paints a clear and inspirational picture of the future of humankind. Her book is both thorough and exciting. It is a delight to see that she does not simply toe the line and follow 'official' thinking, but quite rightly the philosophy of Nietzsche and Lamarck gets an airing. If you want to know what Posthumanism is all about and peek into our future world, then dive into the book and wallow in its pages. * Kevin Warwick, Emeritus Professor, Coventry University and Reading University, UK *
Francesca Ferrando book will be of great value to those who wish to understand the range of non-anthropocentric approaches to philosophy and politics. In Philosophical Posthumanism, they will find an account of the theoretical foundations and practice of posthumanism that is impressively scholarly, ethically engaged and engaging. * David Roden, Associate Lecturer in Philosophy, The Open University, UK *
The emergence of posthuman thinking is a paradigm shifting event. Categorical dualities get twisted. Francesca Ferrando is at the forefront of thinking philosophically about the great variety of correlated developments. * Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, John Cabot University Rome, Italy *

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