Perfecting Human Futures

Transhuman Visions and Technological Imaginations

  • J. Benjamin Hurlbut
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, J. Benjamin Hurlbut
    Pages 1-32
  3. Technological Imaginations

  4. Ethics and Politics of Envisioned Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
      Pages 141-157
    3. Thorsten Moos
      Pages 159-178
    4. Alfred Nordmann
      Pages 195-214
  5. The Transhumanist Imagination in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Brice Laurent
      Pages 217-237
    3. Margarita Boenig-Liptsin, J. Benjamin Hurlbut
      Pages 239-267
    4. Nasser Zakariya
      Pages 269-289
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 327-380

About this book


Humans have always imagined better futures. From the desire to overcome death to the aspiration to dominion over the world, imaginations of the technological future reveal the commitments, values, and norms of those who construct them. Today, the human future is thrown into question by emerging technologies that promise radical control over human life and elicit corollary imaginations of human perfectibility. This interdisciplinary volume assembles scholars of science and technology studies, sociology, philosophy, theology, ethics, and history to examine imaginations of technological progress that promises to transcend the constraints of human body and being. Attending in particular to transhumanist and posthumanist visions, the volume breaks new ground by exploring their utopian and eschatological dimensions and situating them within a broader context of ideas, institutions, and practices of innovation. The volume invites specialists and general readers to explore the stakes of contemporary imaginations of technological innovation as a source of progress, a force of social and historical transformation, and as the defining essence of human life. 


Technological Imaginations.- Ethics and Politics of Envisioned Futures.- The Transhumanist Imagination in Context. 

Target Groups

Scholars and students in science and technology studies, philosophy, utopian studies, science and religion 


The Editors

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism and Director of the Center of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. 

J. Benjamin Hurlbut is Assistant Professor of Bioscience Ethics in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.


Biotechnology Human Body Human Enhancement Human Genetic Engeneering Nanomedicine Neural Implants Neurotechnology

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Benjamin Hurlbut
    • 1
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Biology and SocietyArizona State UniversityTEMPEUSA
  2. 2.Center for Jewish StudiesArizona State UniversityTEMPEUSA

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