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Transhumanism - Engineering the Human Condition

History, Philosophy and Current Status

Authors: Manzocco, Roberto

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  • Offers a high-level introduction to the international political and cultural movement of transhumanism
  • Examines the ways in which the human species may take the course of evolution into its own hands
  • Discusses the main philosophical, epistemological, and ethical issues
  • Reviews the state of the art in scientific research on key topics
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About this book

This book is designed to offer a comprehensive high-level introduction to transhumanism, an international political and cultural movement that aims to produce a “paradigm shift” in our ethical and political understanding of human evolution. Transhumanist thinkers want the human species to take the course of evolution into its own hands, using advanced technologies currently under development – such as robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cognitive neurosciences, and nanotechnology – to overcome our present physical and mental limitations, improve our intelligence beyond the current maximum achievable level, acquire skills that are currently the preserve of other species, abolish involuntary aging and death, and ultimately achieve a post-human level of existence. The book covers transhumanism from a historical, philosophical, and scientific viewpoint, tracing its cultural roots, discussing the main philosophical, epistemological, and ethical issues, and reviewing the state of the art in scientific research on the topics of most interest to transhumanists. The writing style is clear and accessible for the general reader, but the book will also appeal to graduate and undergraduate students.

About the authors

Roberto Manzocco is an Italian science writer, journalist, and historian of science who specializes in the history and philosophy of biology, technological innovation, and technological forecasting. He has also written books on philosophy and “pop culture” (for example, his first book was about David Lynch and philosophy). He is also interested in European policy making and the future of the Transatlantic Partnership.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Stairways to the Sky

    Pages 1-31

    Manzocco, Roberto

  • A New Tower of Babel

    Pages 32-84

    Manzocco, Roberto

  • Living Forever

    Pages 85-112

    Manzocco, Roberto

  • Plan B

    Pages 113-130

    Manzocco, Roberto

  • Nanometer Cornucopia

    Pages 131-160

    Manzocco, Roberto

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eBook 23,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04958-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 29,11 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04956-0
  • 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
Transhumanism - Engineering the Human Condition
Book Subtitle
History, Philosophy and Current Status
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04958-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04958-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-04956-0
Series ISSN
2626-6113
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 293
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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