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Human Being @ Risk

Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability Transformations

Authors: Coeckelbergh, Mark

  • First book to argue that posthuman existence also implies new vulnerabilities
  • Integrates Risk Theory with Philosophical Anthropology
  • Offers an original ethical and political analysis of vulnerability in the information age​
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About this book

Whereas standard approaches to risk and vulnerability presuppose a strict separation between humans and their world, this book develops an existential-phenomenological approach according to which we are always already beings-at-risk. Moreover, it is argued that in our struggle against vulnerability, we create new vulnerabilities and thereby transform ourselves as much as we transform the world.

Responding to the discussion about human enhancement and information technologies, the book then shows that this dynamic-relational approach has important implications for the evaluation of new technologies and their risks. It calls for a normative anthropology of vulnerability that does not ask which objective risks are acceptable, how we can become invulnerable, or which technologies threaten human nature, but which vulnerability transformations we want. To the extent that we can steer the growth of new technologies at all, this tragic and sometimes comic project should therefore be guided by what we want to become.​

Reviews

“Coeckelbergh is a Belgian philosopher of technology and professor at the University of Vienna. In this interesting book, he proposes a new approach to the transhumanism debate by focusing on human vulnerability. … the book offers a new approach to the transhumanist debate, suggesting and provoking many inputs and questions … . it reminds us of the necessity and urgency of dealing with the transhumanist question, which is not only a future question, but a current one.” (Luis Torró Ferrero, ESSSAT News & Reviews, Vol. 26 (4), December, 2016)

“It is thoroughly unique and original in showing the importance and extreme usefulness of philosophical anthropology and the phenomenological tradition for thinking through the consequences of the epochal technological mutations of our time … . author has succeeded in crafting a much more profound and sophisticated ethical and political perspective on human enhancement than almost any other book … . It deserves to be widely read and has the potential of becoming a key reference for the debate on enhancement.” (Pieter Lemmens, Human Studies, Vol. 37, 2014)

“The book offers a complex and ambitious programme to establish a normative anthropology of vulnerability … . Coeckelbergh has written an important and original book, with a carefully constructed argument. He provides a rich discussion of fundamental and topical issues from a wide range of perspectives. … The book is valuable for scholars in many fields, not only philosophy of technology, anthropology or ethics, but also other disciplines dealing with technology and regulation of technology.” (Bert-Jaap Koops, Law, Innovation and Technology, Vol. 5 (2), 2013)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Coeckelbergh, Mark

    Pages 1-16

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  • The Transhumanist Challenge

    Coeckelbergh, Mark

    Pages 19-36

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  • Anthropology of Vulnerability

    Coeckelbergh, Mark

    Pages 37-62

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  • Cultures and Transformations of Vulnerability

    Coeckelbergh, Mark

    Pages 63-83

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  • Ethics of Vulnerability (i): Implications for Ethics of Technology

    Coeckelbergh, Mark

    Pages 87-100

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eBook 107,09 €
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Hardcover 140,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-6024-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Being @ Risk
Book Subtitle
Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability Transformations
Authors
Series Title
Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6025-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6025-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6024-0
Series ISSN
1879-7202
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 218
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