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  • Author(s) Pramod K. Nayar
  • Edition1
  • Published4th October 2013
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745662404
This timely book examines the rise of posthumanism as both a
material condition and a developing philosophical-ethical project
in the age of cloning, gene engineering, organ transplants and
implants.



Nayar first maps the political and philosophical critiques of
traditional humanism, revealing its exclusionary and
?speciesist? politics that position the human as a
distinctive and dominant life form. He then contextualizes the
posthumanist vision which, drawing upon biomedical, engineering and
techno-scientific studies, concludes that human consciousness is
shaped by its co-evolution with other life forms, and our human
form inescapably influenced by tools and technology. Finally the
book explores posthumanism?s roots in disability studies,
animal studies and bioethics to underscore the constructed nature
of ?normalcy? in bodies, and the singularity of species
and life itself.



As this book powerfully demonstrates, posthumanism marks a radical
reassessment of the human as constituted by symbiosis,
assimilation, difference and dependence upon and with other
species. Mapping the terrain of these far-reaching debates,
Posthumanism will be an invaluable companion to students of
cultural studies and modern and contemporary literature.

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  • Author(s) Pramod K. Nayar
  • Edition1
  • Published4th October 2013
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745662404
This timely book examines the rise of posthumanism as both a
material condition and a developing philosophical-ethical project
in the age of cloning, gene engineering, organ transplants and
implants.



Nayar first maps the political and philosophical critiques of
traditional humanism, revealing its exclusionary and
?speciesist? politics that position the human as a
distinctive and dominant life form. He then contextualizes the
posthumanist vision which, drawing upon biomedical, engineering and
techno-scientific studies, concludes that human consciousness is
shaped by its co-evolution with other life forms, and our human
form inescapably influenced by tools and technology. Finally the
book explores posthumanism?s roots in disability studies,
animal studies and bioethics to underscore the constructed nature
of ?normalcy? in bodies, and the singularity of species
and life itself.



As this book powerfully demonstrates, posthumanism marks a radical
reassessment of the human as constituted by symbiosis,
assimilation, difference and dependence upon and with other
species. Mapping the terrain of these far-reaching debates,
Posthumanism will be an invaluable companion to students of
cultural studies and modern and contemporary literature.
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