Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism

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Charlie Blake, Claire Molloy, Steven Shakespeare
A&C Black, 15.03.2012 - 288 Seiten
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Beyond Human investigates what it means to call ourselves human beings in relation to both our distant past and our possible futures as a species, and the questions this might raise for our relationship with the myriad species with which we share the planet. Drawing on insights from zoology, theology, cultural studies and aesthetics, an international line-up of contributors explore such topics as our origins as reflected in early cave art in the upper Palaeolithic through to our prospects at the forefront of contemporary biotechnology. In the process, the book positions “the human” in readiness for what many have characterized as our transhuman or posthuman future. For if our status as rational animals or "animals that think" has traditionally distinguished us as apparently superior to other species, this distinction has become increasingly problematic. It has come to be seen as based on skills and technologies that do not distinguish us so much as position us as transitional animals. It is the direction and consequences of this transition that is the central concern of Beyond Human.
 

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Introduction
1
Animality Boundaries and Definitions
11
Chapter 1 Incidents in the Animal Revolution
13
Chapter 2 Being a Known Animal1
31
Chapter 3 Beyond the Pain Principle
50
Representing Animality
75
Art Methodologies and Parities in Meeting
77
Alternative Embodiments and Socialities
97
Bataille Lascaux and the Mediatization of the Sacred1
145
Chapter 8 Levinas Bataille and the Theology of Animal Life
167
Humans as Primates in Dialogue with Hans Urs von Balthasar
180
AnimalHumanMachineGod
201
Aurochs Angels and the Refuge of Art
203
God Animal Machine
227
Chapter 12 Transforming the Human Body
254
Bibliography
281

The Crab the Lobster the Orchid the Primrose You Me Chaos and Literature1
122
Thinking Beyond the Divide
143

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Charlie Blake is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory and Head of the Department of Media, Film and Communication at Liverpool Hope University, UK. Claire Molloy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at University of Brighton, UK. She has published on anthropomorphism, representations of animals in videogames and literature and dangerous dogs, media and risk. She is the author of Memento (EUP 2010) and Popular Media and Animal Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Steven Shakespeare is Lecturer in Philosophy at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of Kierkegaard, Language and the Reality of God (Ashgate, 2001) and Radical Orthodoxy. A Critical Introduction (SPCK 2007). He is also coauthor, with Hugh Rayment-Pickard, of The Inclusive God. Reclaiming Theology for an Inclusive Church (Canterbury, 2006).

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