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作者 Fuller, Steve, 1959-
書名 The proactionary imperative [electronic resource] : a foundation for transhumanism / Steve Fuller, Veronika Lipinska
出版項 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
國際標準書號 1137302925 (electronic bk.) : £19.00
9781137302922 (electronic bk.) : £19.00
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版本 1st ed
說明 168 p. : 2 ill
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Introduction 1. Precautionary and Proactionary as the 21st Century's Defining Ideological Polarity 2. Proactionary Theology: Discovering the Art of God-Playing 3. Proactionary Biology: Recovering the Science of Eugenics 4. A Legal Framework for the Proactionary Principle The Proactionary Manifesto
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The Proactionary Imperative debates the concept of transforming human nature, including such thorny topics as humanity's privilege as a species, our capacity to 'play God', the idea that we might treat our genes as a capital investment, eugenics and what it might mean to be 'human' in the context of risky scientific and technological interventions. The 'proactionary principle' was introduced by transhumanists. Whereas precautionaries believe that we are on the brink on environmental catastrophe because we're too willing to take risks, proactionaries believe that humans stand apart from the rest of nature by our capacity for successful risk taking. In terms of current environmental problems, therefore, solutions lie not in turning our backs on our love affair with technology but by intensifying it - through finding new energy sources or even looking at the possibility of inhabiting other worlds. In this fascinating new book, Steve Fuller and Veronika Lipinska explore attitudes towards the transformation of human nature. They point out that, politically, both those on the right and the left contribute to different sides of the precautionary-proactionary debate, and argue that it will be this distinction, between caution and action, that will come to dominate the political landscape and create new political divisions. Drawing on perspectives from both theology and biology, and completing a trilogy of works exploring 'Humanity 2.0 ', Fuller and Lipinska ultimately endorse the proactionary position, which supports individuals taking risks - for example with new health treatments, as they try to expand their life chances. They accept that such a risk-taking culture may result in set-backs and failures, but argue that this simply requires a new conception of the welfare state. The results may be an incredibly diverse society that will challenge our notions of tolerance, creating a world where 'traditional' humans live side by side with those who have artificial organs or have received substantial genetic modification. Humans have yet to treat all 'normal' members of Homo sapiens with proper respect and dignity and the proactionary principle opens up new challenges to our conceptions of equality. The book ends with a Manifesto that draws together the arguments to present a challenging vision for the future
Fuller is the closest thing to a Foucault writing today in the English language. - Metascience
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Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick, UK. Originally trained in history and philosophy of science, his research programme of 'social epistemology' now encompasses a quarterly journal (founded in 1987) and twenty books, including Humanity 2.0: What It Means to be Human Past, Present and Future. He is a member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Veronika Lipinska holds degrees in law and sociology from the Universities of Warwick, UK and Lund, Sweden. Her interests include European tax law, intellectual property law and cyberlaw. A member of the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, she is co-editor with Steve Fuller of the Epistemology section of the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory
主題 Bio-ethics. bicssc
Ethical issues & debates. bicssc
Ethics & moral philosophy. bicssc
Philosophy of science. bicssc
Philosophy. ukslc
Alt Author Lipinska, Veronika
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