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Building Better Humans?

Refocusing the Debate on Transhumanism


Edited By Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Kenneth L. Mossman

This is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary, inter-religious, and critical engagement with transhumanism as a cultural phenomenon, an ideology, and a philosophy. Situating transhumanism in its proper historical context, the essays reflect on transhumanism from the perspectives of several world religions, ponder the feasibility of regulating human enhancement, tease out the philosophical implications of transhumanism, explore the interplay between technology and culture, and expose the scientific limits of transhumanism. Written by scholars of religious studies, philosophy, history, psychology, neuroscience, immunology, engineering, science/technology studies, and law, the volume encourages readers to examine transhumanism seriously and critically because of its ramifications for the future of humanity.


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Braden Allenby (J.D. University of Virginia, 1978; Ph.D. Rutgers University, 1992) is Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics and professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engi- neering in the Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, Tempe. Allenby also holds a faculty appointment in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. His research interests are in Earth systems engineering and man- agement; industrial ecology science; and technology policy. He is the author of Industrial Ecology (2006) and Reconstructing Earth: Technology and Environment in the Age of the Humans (2005). A Templeton Fellow at ASU (2007-8), Allenby is coauthor (with Daniel Sarewitz) of the Post-Human Condition (2011). Daniel Barben (Ph.D. University of Potsdam, Germany, 1995) is professor at the Institute of Political Science at RWTH Aachen University. Since April 2010, he holds the first chair of futures research in Germany. Formerly an associate research professor at the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University, Barben’s main research interests are in social and political studies of emerging technologies; globalization, transnationality, and democracy; and the environment. His most recent scholarship has focused on acceptance politics and public understanding of science and technology, as discussed in Public Understanding of Science (2010) and in the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society (2010). Linell E. Cady (Th.D. Harvard University, 1981) is the Franca G. Oreffice Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the director of the Center...

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