Award-winning essay in philosophical anthropology meditating on who, in terms of history of ideas, modern western man was, is, and will perhaps become. The author focuses on developments of modern man’s self-knowledge, understood both as concept of his own human nature and as individual self-consciousness, made possible by the idea that each human being is an autonomous rational agent. The book examines how Selfhood and self-governed individuality connect to science and technology, and offers an imaginative exploration of various modern narratives of human singularity, from Robinson Crusoe to Zarathustra, and to contemporary individual Facebook profiles.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Who, Whom, Why and How?
2. The Subject between Extremes
3. Genesis: The Socratic-Platonic Deception or The Irrepressible Need for Immortality
4. Modern Man: The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
5. The Scientific Foundations of Modern Man
6. The Evolution of Modern Man, Nietzsche’s Moustache, The Fittest Man and the Man Without Qualities, The Four Pillars of Modern Man
7. Evolution and Zoodicy: The Animality of Modern Man
8. Modernity as False Consciousness
9. Technology and the Mind, God-Machine, The Individual vs. Facebook
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