Knowing Humanity in the Social World

The Path of Steve Fuller's Social Epistemology

  • Francis X Remedios
  • Val Dusek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 1-8
  3. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 9-30
  4. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 31-44
  5. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 45-63
  6. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 65-91
  7. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 93-105
  8. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 107-120
  9. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 121-125
  10. Francis X Remedios, Val Dusek
    Pages 127-139
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 141-179

About this book


This book examines Steve Fuller’s pioneering vision of social epistemology. It focuses specifically on his work post-2000, which is founded in the changing conception of humanity and project into a ‘post-‘ or ‘trans-‘ human future. Chapters treat especially Fuller’s provocative response to the changing boundary limitations of the knower due to anticipated changes in humanity coming from the nanosciences, neuroscience, synthetic biology and computer technology and end on an interview with Fuller himself. While Fuller’s turn in this direction has invited at least as much criticism as his earlier work, to him the result is an extended sense of the knower, or ‘humanity 2.0’, which Fuller himself identifies with transhumanism. The authors assess Fuller’s work on the following issues: Science and Technology Studies (STS), agent-oriented social epistemology, the university and intellectual life, neo-liberal political economy, intelligent design, Cosmism, Gnosticism, proactionary vs precautionary principles and Welfare State 2.0.


epistemology philosophy steve fuller social epistemology Fuller’s Intelligent Design Fuller’s Cosmism and Gnosticism science studies transhumanism agent-oriented social epistemology Intelligent Design Cosmism Gnosticism

Authors and affiliations

  • Francis X Remedios
    • 1
  • Val Dusek
    • 2
  1. 1.EdmontonCanada
  2. 2.University of New HampshireDurham, NHUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-37489-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-37490-5
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