Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 553 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
The essays collected in Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism fully realize this volume's aim to constitute posthumanism as a "transhistorical ethos" informing Western thought since antiquity, but especially in the era that extends from the German Enlightenment through 19th-century literature and philosophy, with particular reference to discourses on life and nature. The "classical humanism" of post-Kantian German thought proves to be fertile territory for posthumanist rethinkings of our species-specific privileges and prerogatives. Indeed, as the editors suggest, Hegel does have something in common with cybernetics, and Kant does have something to tell us about embodiment. Readers of Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism will have many of their intellectual stereotypes challenged if not overturned and replaced with more generous conceptions. * Bruce Clarke, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science, Texas Tech University, USA *
The essays in this volume make clear just how turbulent and varied the field of posthuman theory has become; new readers are not obliged to fall in line with a single dominant strand of argumentation but are free to sort through the many intriguing claims for themselves. The essays are tightly interlaced from start to finish. Goethe and Kant, along with a host of nineteenth-century descendants, are woven into the contemporary theory discussion as if those two figures were central to defining posthuman. The average German scholar will be grateful for such careful explanations of the links between the historical sources under investigation and their relevance for the new theory movements. I was impressed over and over again with the many new vantage points contributors offer on canonical texts. This volume could produce an entirely new line of critical interest in both nineteenth-century German science and the established culture around 1800. I read the essays with fervor and I cannot recommend this volume more highly. * Daniel Purdy, Professor of German Studies, Pennsylvania State University, USA, and author of On the Ruins of Babel: Architectural Metaphor in German Thought (2011) *
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