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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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Jaime del Val, Institute Reverso - Metahuman: Post-anatomical Bodies, Metasex, and Capitalism of Affect in Post-posthumanism


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Jaime del Val

Institute Reverso

Metahuman: Post-anatomical Bodies, Metasex, and Capitalism of Affect in Post-posthumanism

Relational intensive bodies have no form or anatomy. They are not representable and are impossible to map because of their diffuse nature. Reviewing the body as an amorphous field of intensities, producing an account of the body, indeed of reality as post-anatomical, implies questioning the conditions of possibility of power regimes that give the human-white-male-middle-class-heterosexual a privileged status as a life that matters.

It means to radically redefine sexuality as a field of the production of multiple sexes, beyond binary oppositions, thus producing an account of a pangender metasexual body.

This requires addressing contemporary mechanisms of power that operate through new technologies of the production of affect, as well as questioning the positivist account of the human in the realm of eugenics. It means questioning the foundations of implicit power in late capitalist societies of control, masked behind the appearance of modern democracies.

Thus, there is a need for producing a new relational ethics and ecology and a new political economy for a relational social body.

Examples of post-anatomical bodies in the artwork of Jaime del Val at the Institute Reverso will be shown.

The Posthuman and Beyond

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