Posthumanist Manifesto: A Pluralistic Approach compares the posthumanist proposal with humanism and transhumanism in ethics, aesthetics, ontology, and epistemology. Roberto Marchesini clarifies the specificity of the posthumanist approach and the novelty of its theoretical and applicative program. Beyond theoretical aspects of poshumanism, this book proposes new approaches to social models, personal rights and citizenship, the relationship between the biosphere and the ecological crisis, and the impact of technology.
This book answers questions such as “What is posthumanism and why does it have this definition?”; “How does posthumanism differ from other theoretical approaches?”; and “What are the urgencies to be addressed for posthumanist critique?” The author explores how posthumanism interprets technology in relationship with the body, how to think of a posthumanist anthropology, what ontological transformations posthumanism introduces, and why we can talk about a paradigmatic metamorphosis with respect to humanism, as posthumanism thinks and plans the society of the future.
Roberto Marchesini is director of the School of Human-Animal Interactions and the Center for the Study of Posthumanist Philosophy in Bologna.
Chapter One: On the Human Condition
Chapter Two: The Relational Dimension of the Human
Chapter Three: Anthropocentrism and the Ecological Crisis
Chapter Four: Building New Experiences
Chapter Five: Projects for a Posthuman Era
Chapter Six: The Ontological Question
Chapter Seven: A New Culture of Téchne
Chapter Eight: Paradigmatic Evolutions
This groundbreaking work is not just a book; it's a powerful map that guides us toward a transformative future. Definitely a must.
We Americans have known only late forms of humanism, and few of us realize how resplendently many-sided humanism was at the time of its birth in Italy in the time of Pico della Mirandola and Marsilio Ficino. Now, as humanism finally fades, this sense of enhanced possibilities is appearing once again, especially in Italy. In Posthumanist Manifesto, Roberto Marchesini provides us with a much-needed guide to the exciting yet bewildering new ways of thinking that are starting to emerge.
What kind of future lies ahead of us? How should we face it? Why is posthumanism an everyday practice rather than just a vacuous philosophical word? By analysing the ways in which technology, the human, and the rest of the living world have always been intertwined and have mutually shaped each other, the 30 theses that constitute this essential work offer a sharp and lucid portrait of how relationships constitute the basis of all forms of existence – biological, social, and technological. By countering certain persistent humanist views and rejecting both the illusion of a disembodied existence envisaged by transhumanism and the nostalgic and anachronistic ravings of those who seek a return to the past, Marchesini reclaims the needs of the body and uses scientific knowledge to awaken numb consciousnesses (including political ones). What emerges are concrete and feasible scenarios that draw on both existing and developing resources to help redress sick tendencies and prevent dangerous solipsistic deviations. They rely on one of the human’s fundamental motivations: caring for the other.