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Ayn Rand and the Posthuman

The Mind-Made Future

  • Ben Murnane

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ben Murnane
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ben Murnane
    Pages 17-54
  4. Ben Murnane
    Pages 55-91
  5. Ben Murnane
    Pages 93-131
  6. Ben Murnane
    Pages 133-159
  7. Ben Murnane
    Pages 187-193
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 195-197

About this book

Introduction

Ayn Rand and the Posthuman is a study of the American novelist’s relationship with twenty-first-century ideas about technology. Rand wrote science fiction that has inspired Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, politicians, and economists. Ben Murnane demonstrates Rand’s connection to, and impact on, those with a “posthuman” vision, in which human and machine merge. The text examines the philosophical intersections between Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and posthumanism, and Rand’s influence on transhumanism, a major branch of posthumanist thought. The book further investigates Rand’s presence and portrayal in various examples of posthumanist science fiction, including Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, popular videogame BioShock, and Zoltan Istvan’s novel The Transhumanist Wager. Considering Rand’s influence from a cultural, political, technological, and economic perspective, this study throws light on an under-documented but highly significant aspect of Rand’s legacy.

Keywords

Ayn Rand posthumanism Randian worldview capitalism Objectivism Ayn Rand and politics Ayn Rand and science fiction Ayn Rand and economy BioShock The Transhumanist Wager Rand noir

Authors and affiliations

  • Ben Murnane
    • 1
  1. 1.WicklowIreland

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