ANDERS, SIMONDON AND THE BECOMING OF THE POSTHUMAN

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCLASSICAL LITERATURE AND POSTHUMANISM
EditorsGiulia Maria Chesi, Francesca Spiegel
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing plc
Pages49-58
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-3500-6953-4, 978-1-3500-6952-7, 978-1-3500-6951-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-3500-6950-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

It is said that we have entered the posthuman epoch. Humans are awoken from their own illusion of being at the centre of the world surrounded by beings such as animals, plants, objects and even phantoms. However, isn’t this something that already happened at the very beginning of humanization since man is an existence without essence, without quality (Stiegler 1998)? And did the concept of the posthuman only become transparent with the emergence of a technological consciousness after modernity (Hui 2017)? We must start by contesting that the arrival of the ‘posthuman’ epoch is not simply out of an awakening by a brand- new ontology, but because humans are rendered obsolete by the technological artifacts produced by humans themselves. It is a dialectical movement partly compelled by the industrial revolutions, in which an internal negation is produced. Humans cease to be the centre of the world, and become just parts of gigantic technical systems, in which they are functions or mere operators. Given this fact, the question that follows is: what is meant by such a renunciation of the human? Like Nietzsche’s announcement of the death of God, the question is less about the fact of the death of a transcendent being, but more about what it really means to live without God. It means the re- cognition of the fate of human beings, and the re-structuralization of all domains in order to create and maintain a new coherence. One can celebrate this outdatedness of the human under different names, posthuman or transhuman, European Prometheanism ( Brassier 2014: 467–488) as well as accelerationism.

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ANDERS, SIMONDON AND THE BECOMING OF THE POSTHUMAN. / Hui, Yuk.

CLASSICAL LITERATURE AND POSTHUMANISM. ed. / Giulia Maria Chesi; Francesca Spiegel. Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2020. p. 49-58.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)