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From Humanism to Meta-, Post- and Transhumanism?


Edited By 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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Una Popović, University of Novi Sad - Heidegger’s Transformation of Traditional Concept of the Human Being


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Una Popović

University of Novi Sad

Heidegger’s Transformation of Traditional Concept of the Human Being

Regarding the question of humanism and posthumanism from a philosophical point of view, one can turn to Heidegger as one of the most prominent philosophers who offered an extraordinary perspective on a human being as such, that is on understanding of what a human being is. This choice, however, presupposes that the main theme itself, humanism and posthumanism, is approached in terms of revealing some traditional ways of understanding the human being and the human condition, that is, some new ways of conceiving them. This dialogue between old and new responses to the connection of these two concepts marks the continuity expressed by the term ‘post’ - humanism.

As a philosopher who was very concerned with the history of philosophy, and, of course, especially with concepts of history and time, Heidegger offers a unique account of these problems. As a true historian of philosophy, he considered the traditional philosophical problems and gave some interpretations of various philosophies, starting with his own philosophical views and developing them at the same time. This aspect of his interpretations was one of the main motifs for discerning them as well. However, Heidegger did offer a new conception of a human being that marked his philosophy as a whole, and, in addition, marked the questioning of metaphysics as the main philosophical discipline.

When speaking on Heidegger, it...

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