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Title Beyond human : from animality to transhumanism / edited by Charlie Blake, Claire Molloy and Steven Shakespeare.
Imprint London ; New York : Continuum International Pub., [2012]
©2012

Subject Philosophical anthropology.
Animals (Philosophy)
Artificial life.
Alt Name Blake, Charlie.
Shakespeare, Steven, 1968-
Molloy, Claire.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents PART ONE: Animality: Boundaries and Definitions -- Incidents in the Animal Revolution -- Being a Known Animal -- Beyond the Pain Principle -- PART TWO: Representing Animality -- What We Can Do -- Horse-Crazy Girls -- Writing Relations -- PART THREE: Thinking Beyond the Divide -- Affective Animal -- Levinas, Bataille and the Theology of Animal Life -- Degrees of 'Freedom': Humans as Primates in Dialogue with Hans Urs von Balthasar -- Inhuman Geometry: Aurochs, Angels and the Refuge of Art -- Articulating the Inhuman: God, Animal, Machine -- Transforming the Human Body.
Summary Beyond Human investigates what it means to call ourselves human beings in relation to both our distant past and our possible futures as a species, and the questions this might raise for our relationship with the myriad species with which we share the planet. Drawing on insights from zoology, theology, cultural studies and aesthetics, an international line-up of contributors explore such topics as our origins as reflected in early cave art in the upper Palaeolithic through to our prospects at the forefront of contemporary biotechnology. In the process, the book positions "the human" in readiness for what many have characterized as our transhuman or posthuman future. For if our status as rational animals or "animals that think" has traditionally distinguished us as apparently superior to other species, this distinction has become increasingly problematic. It has come to be seen as based on skills and technologies that do not distinguish us so much as position us as transitional animals. It is the direction and consequences of this transition that is the central concern of Beyond Human.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781441171245 (electronic bk.)
144117124X (electronic bk.)
9781441107428
9781441150110
9781441173997
OCLC # 787843592
Additional Format Print version: Blake, Charlie. Beyond Human : From Animality to Transhumanism. London : Continuum International Publishing, ©2012 9781441150110


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