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    On Posthumanism (Thinking in Action) (Paperback) By (author) Dominique Janicaud, Translated by Eileen Brennan, Foreword by Simon Critchley

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    DescriptionThe potential to clone, augment, and repair human beings is pushing the very concept of the human to its limit. Fantasies and metaphors of a supposedly monstrous and inhuman future increasingly dominate films, art and popular culture. On the Human Condition is an invigorating and fascinating exploration of where the idea of the human stands today. Given the damage human beings have inflicted on each other and their environment throughout history, should we embrace humanism or try and overcome it? Dominique Janicaud explores these urgent questions and more. He argues that whilst we need to avoid apocalyptic talk of a post human condition, as embodied in technology such as cloning, we should neither fall back on a conservative humanism nor become technophobic. Drawing on illuminating examples such as genetic engineering, the novel Frankenstein, the legendary debate between Sartre and Heidegger over humanism, and the work of Primo Levi, Domnique Janicaud also explores the role of fantasy in understanding the human condition and asks where the line lies between the human, inhuman and the superhuman.


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    Title
    On Posthumanism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dominique Janicaud, Translated by Eileen Brennan, Foreword by Simon Critchley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 80
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 116 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415327961
    ISBN 10: 0415327962
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    B&T Merchandise Category: STX
    DC22: 128
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    BISAC V2.8: PHI010000
    Abridged Dewey: 128
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    DC22: 144
    LC classification: B2430.J283 H6613 2005
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    LC classification: B2430.J283
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    Thema V1.0: QDTQ, QDTK
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    14 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    At the time of his death in 2002, Dominique Janicaud was one of the leading philosophers in France. He taught at the University of Nice and wrote many books, including Heidegger en France and The Powers of the Rational.
    Review quote
    'Dominique Janicaud was one of the French philosophers most attentive to contemporary realities and their origins, without ever forfeiting conceptual rigour.' -Roger Pol-Droit, Le Monde
    Table of contents
    Introduction: The Overcoming of Overcoming Preface 1. Is Humanism the Last Resort? 2. The Danger of Monsters 3. From Foreseeable Risks to the Unforeseeable 4. Between the Superhuman and the Inhuman Conclusion: What "Overcoming" Means Bibliography