Towards Homo Manufactus? An Introduction to this Volume

  • Christoph H. LüthyEmail author
  • Bert-Jaap Koops


This contribution explores how the concept of human engineering emerged and what place it assumes in contemporary debate. The term has recently been used in discussions on a range of subjects, among which are technology, science and sports. As the number of different ways of adjusting the human body keeps growing, the idea of ‘transhumans’ is taking hold in today’s society. Although scientists generally consider it unlikely that ‘transhumans’ will become a reality in the foreseeable future, the concept still causes fear, raises hopes and leads to numerous questions. The main issue is whether or not it is ethical to interfere with the human body to such an extent. While it is certain that these kinds of changes can transform the human condition, the extent to which this is possible remains unclear.


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The papers in this collection were translated from the original Dutch by students of the MA Writing, Editing and Mediating at the University of Groningen. Publication of this volume was made possible through the generous financial support of The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie). We are very grateful to Lydia ten Brummelhuis for her careful and dedicated work in editing the final manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty FTR, Center for the History of Philosophy and ScienceRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and ScienceTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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