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Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Andrew Pilsch

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book argues that transhumanism should be taken more seriously as a Utopian force in the present. Combatting the widespread idea that transhumanism is a naive and dangerous reframing of the most ... More


We Are Amphibians

R. S. Deese

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520281523
eISBN:
9780520959569
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281523.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book explores the life and work of two brothers, a scientist and an artist, who changed the way we think about science, religion, and the future of our species. As an evolutionary biologist and ... More


The Future of Our Species

R. S. Deese

in We Are Amphibians

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520281523
eISBN:
9780520959569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281523.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Darwinian revolution of the nineteenth century lent a new sense of plasticity to our conceptions of human nature, and helped clear the way for such concepts as eugenics and biotechnology. While ... More


Automatic Sweethearts for Transhumanists

Michael Hauskeller

in Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780262036689
eISBN:
9780262341981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036689.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter asks the question whether sexual and/or romantic relationships with robots could ever be as satisfying as the real thing. Three main arguments are made. First, if we assume that robots ... More


Rejecting Supernaturalism

Thaddeus Metz

in Meaning in Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199599318
eISBN:
9780191747632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599318.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

Chapters 5 through 7 demonstrate that the most promising motivation for holding any form of supernaturalism is the perfection thesis that meaning requires engagement with a maximally conceivable ... More


The End of Time: Evolution, Extinction, and the Fate of Meaning

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Approximately one trillion, trillion, trillion (101728) years from now, the universe will suffer a “heat death.” What are the existential implications of this fact for us, today? This chapter ... More


An Inner Transhumanism: Modernism and Cognitive Evolution

Andrew Pilsch

in Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 1 explores the modernist roots of evolutionary futurism through the uptake of Friedrich Nietzsche by the European avant-garde. Foregrounding the work of Mina Loy and P.D. Ouspensky, the ... More


Astounding Transhumanism!: Evolutionary Supermen and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

Andrew Pilsch

in Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 2 discusses the "Superman Boom," a science fiction publishing phenomenon in the 1930s that coincided with the dawn of the Golden Age of SF. In addition to the fiction, this chapter documents ... More


Toward Omega: Hedonism, Suffering, and the Evolutionary Vanguard

Andrew Pilsch

in Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 3 considers suffering as a problem in transhumanism by juxtaposing the hedonistic abolitionism advocated by Oxford philosopher David Pearce to the Christian mystical transhumanism of Pierre ... More


Transhuman Aesthetics: The New, the Lived, and the Cute

Andrew Pilsch

in Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 4 argues for the value of artistic practice to imagining evolutionary futures. Tracing the transhuman art movement of the 1980s, it suggests that contemporary aesthetic practices, ... More


Conclusion: Acceleration and Evolutionary Futurist Utopian Practice

Andrew Pilsch

in Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901028
eISBN:
9781452957685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901028.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The conclusion considers two recently emergent radical political ideas, accelerationism and xenofeminism, as evolutionary futurist practices of Utopia.


Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life

Robert M. Geraci

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199344697
eISBN:
9780199374731
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344697.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Video games and virtual worlds can rearrange or replace religious practice as designers and users collaborate in the production of a new spiritual marketplace. Online communication provided new ... More


A World with Meaning

Robert M. Geraci

in Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199344697
eISBN:
9780199374731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344697.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

It is not social activities alone that make World of Warcraft virtually sacred; such practices are anchored to practices through which people make meaning and experience transcendence. Like a Venn ... More


Sacred Second Lives

Robert M. Geraci

in Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199344697
eISBN:
9780199374731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344697.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter describes how Second Life was built, in part, as a quasi-religious project, and many of its residents continue to use it for religious purposes. Specifically, Second Life now serves as ... More


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