Mythologies of Transhumanism

  • Michael Hauskeller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
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About this book


This book examines the dependence of transhumanist arguments on the credibility of the narratives of meaning in which they are embedded. By taking the key ideas from transhumanist philosophy – the desirability of human self-design and immortality, the elimination of all suffering and the expansion of human autonomy – Michael Hauskeller explores these narratives and the understanding of human nature that informs them. Particular attention is paid to the theory of transhumanism as a form of utopia, stories of human nature, the increasing integration of the radical human enhancement project into the cultural mainstream, and the drive to upgrade from flesh to machine. 


human enhancement human nature body morality love animals transhumanism posthumanism mythology utopia life extension

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Hauskeller
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Philosophy and AnthropologyUniversity of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-39740-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-39741-2
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