join us on facebook debuts of the month
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Posthumanism A Critical Analysis by Stefan Herbrechter
  

Posthumanism A Critical Analysis

Synopsis

Posthumanism A Critical Analysis by Stefan Herbrechter

What does it mean to be human today? The answer to this question, which is as old as the human species itself, is becoming less and less certain. Current technological developments increasingly erode our traditional humanist reflexes: consciousness, emotion, language, intelligence, morality, humour, mortality - all these no longer demonstrate the unique character and value of human existence. Instead, the spectre of the 'posthuman' is now being widely invoked as the 'inevitable' next evolutionary stage that humans are facing. Who comes after the human? This is the question that posthumanists are taking as their starting point. This critical introduction understands posthumanism as a discourse, which, in principle, includes everything that has been and is being said about the figure of the 'posthuman'. It outlines the genealogy of the various posthuman 'scenarios' in circulation and engages with their theoretical and philosophical assumptions and social and political implications. It does so by connecting the philosophical debate about the future of humanity with a range of texts, including examples from new media, popular culture, science and the media.

Reviews

With apocalyptic voices about the human and humanism all around us, this genealogy and cultural analysis of our posthuman condition stands out as a very welcome alternative of thinking the end(s) of Man, demonstrating that the critical humanities are needed more than ever. -- Manuela Rossini (PhD), Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Bern, and Executive Director of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Europe One welcomes Stefan Herberechter's Posthumanism to the posthumanism debates. His approach puts critical pressure in particular upon simplistic equations of technological prostheses and posthuman futures. Herbrechter develops an intellectual genealogy situating the varieties of posthumanism in relation to anticipatory strains in philosophy from Nietzsche to Derrida and in related critical practices of postmodernism and poststructuralism. Subsequent discussion ranges across posthumanist frontiers from matters of embodiment, the literary imaginary, disciplinarity, and digitalization, to the interplays of deconstruction and systems theory and of bio- and thanato-politics. Herbrechter's arguments are persuasive. His exposition is modest and lucid. Posthumanism will bring students new to posthumanism up to speed as well as sharpen scholarly debate. -- Bruce Clarke, author of Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems Herbrechter's critical analysis of posthumanism is a wide-ranging and ambitious approach to what is doubtless the most significant intellectual challenge for the humanities today. Herbrechter provides a lucid overview of complex but vital issues, avoiding the pitfalls of naive technophilia or apocalyptic gloom. Instead, his timely and stimulating discussion shows how a critical appraisal of the posthuman can help us to elucidate who and what we are at the beginning of the twenty-first century. -- Russ West-Pavlov, Professor of English, University of Pretoria Herbrechter's book is written with a sharp lucidity, and very much fulfils its task of being a critical intervention into the discourse of posthumanism. -- John P. Merrick * Review 31 *


About the Author

Stefan Herbrechter is Reader in Cultural Theory in the Department of Media, School of Art and Design, Coventry University, UK.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st August 2013

Author

Stefan Herbrechter

More books by Stefan Herbrechter
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Bloomsbury Academic an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
248 pages

Categories

Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600

ISBN

9781780938370

A great place to go to find your next literary escape, and where you don't have to judge a book by its cover!

Suzanne Beney

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

It has enriched my leisure time by introducing me to a world of books which I would not have previously considered.

Val Rowe

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools