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The Proactionary Imperative

A Foundation for Transhumanism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Steve Fuller, Veronika Lipińska
    Pages 1-11
  3. Steve Fuller, Veronika Lipińska
    Pages 44-61
  4. Steve Fuller, Veronika Lipińska
    Pages 62-98
  5. Steve Fuller, Veronika Lipińska
    Pages 99-128
  6. Steve Fuller, Veronika Lipińska
    Pages 129-137
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 138-153

About this book


The Proactionary Imperative debates the concept of transforming human nature, including such thorny topics as humanity's privilege as a species, our capacity to 'play God', the idea that we might treat our genes as a capital investment, eugenics and what it might mean to be 'human' in the context of risky scientific and technological interventions.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of WarwickUK
  2. 2.Department of LawUniversity of WarwickUK

About the authors

Author Steve Fuller: Steve Fuller is Augustus Comte Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK.He is author of eighteen books including Humanity 2.0: What It Means to be Human Past, Present and Future, Dissent over Descent: Intelligent Design's Challenge to Darwinism, Kuhn vs Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science, The Intellectualand Science vs Religion? Intelligent Design and the Problem of Evolution. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Bibliographic information


"The book's foremost strength is its willingness to address the challenging social justice issues which those on the libertarian side of the transhumanist movement might otherwise overlook. Also greatly commendable is the varied array of material the authors summon to make their case. Accordingly, anyone who identifies with the need for future collectivist and democratic (as opposed to the typical market-driven) strategies for human enhancement, will undoubtedly find this text a well-informed 21st century starting point." - Sociological Imagination