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Transhumanism - Engineering the Human Condition

History, Philosophy and Current Status

Authors: Manzocco, Roberto

  • 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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  • Due: April 22, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04958-4
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  • Due: March 25, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04956-0
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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.

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • Unpublished eBooks cannot be pre-ordered in advance.
  • Due: April 22, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04958-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover $34.99
price for USA in USD
  • Unpublished eBooks cannot be pre-ordered in advance.
  • Due: March 25, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04956-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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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
XXI, 295
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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