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From Humanism to Meta-, Post- and Transhumanism?


Irina Deretić and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

The relationship between humanism, metahumanism, posthumanism and transhumanism is one of the most pressing topics concerning many current cultural, social, political, ethical and individual challenges. There have been a great number of uses of the various terms in history. Meta-, post- and transhumanism have in common that they reject the categorically dualist understanding of human beings inherent in humanism.
The essays in this volume consider the relevant historical discourses, important contemporary philosophical reflections and artistic perspectives on this subject-matter. The goal is to obtain a multifaceted survey of the concepts, the relationship of the various concepts and their advantages as well as their disadvantages. Leading scholars of many different traditions, countries and disciplines have contributed to this collection.
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We wish to express our deep gratitude to the Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom AG and to the Italian businessman Carmelo Marcuccio, who financially supported the publication of this book.

We also appreciate the help from PhD candidate Aleksandar Kandić, and the following students: Vladimir Zotov, Sara Dragišić, Katarina Maksimović, Igor Stefanović, Stefan Mičić, Ana Obradović, Klara Pelhe, Stefan Radovanović. All of them have provided important technical support for realizing this project.

Irina Deretić and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, October 2015

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