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The Posthuman


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

Chapter One: Post-humanism: Life beyond the Self 13

Chapter Two: Post-anthropocentrism: Life beyond the Species 55

Chapter Three: The Inhuman: Life beyond Death 105

Chapter Four: Posthuman Humanities; Life beyond Theory 143

Conclusion 186

References 198

Index 214

About the Author

Rosi Braidotti is a distinguished university professor at Utrecht University and founding director of the Centre for the Humanities.


"The Posthuman makes a vital contribution to feministscholarship across disciplines Braidotti s reading ofcontemporary issues is out of the box: challenging, encouraging andinspiring." Feminist Review "An important and generative step toward new theories andscholarship and a welcome addition to Braidotti s alreadyformidable canon." H+ Magazine "Shows remarkable clarity and concision even as it lays out highlytechnical, complexly theoretical, and deeply interdisciplinaryconcepts." Choice "This is a rather startling work that requires heavyconcentration on the part of the reader to follow the brilliantthinking of the author. Rosi Braidotti, a contemporary philosopherand feminist theoretician, 'makes a case for an alternative view onsubjectivity, ethics and emancipation and pitches diversity againstthe postmodernist risk of cultural relativism, while also standingagainst the tenets of liberal individualism.' Throughout her work,Braidotti asserts and demonstrates the importance of combiningtheoretical concerns with a serious commitment to producingsocially and politically relevant scholarship that contributes tomaking a difference in the world." Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado "This is an exciting and important text, full of intellectualbrilliance and insight. It will make a major mark." Henrietta L. Moore, University of Cambridge "Braidotti's exhilarating survey of the constellation ofposthumanity is lucid, learned and provocative. It will be anessential point of reference in future debates about the centralphilosophical problem of our age." Paul Gilroy, King s College London "Debates over humanism and post-humanism have been fought overfrom feminist philosophy to literary theory and post-colonialstudies. This latest work by Rosi Braidotti presents us with aclear-headed glimpse of some of the hard choices we have before us.Braidotti knows the philosophy, cares about the politics, andempathizes with those who have been shoved aside in these brutallast hundred years. She shows us how feminism, technoscientificinfrastructure and political strands cross, sometimes withsparks." Peter Galison, Harvard University

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