[ExI] The Paradox of the Posthuman

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Sun Jul 26 22:06:15 UTC 2009

I have just finished reading *The Paradox of the Posthuman: Science
Fiction/Techno-Horror Films and Visual
* by Julie Clarke.

The author may not be a genius and her "critical studies" language may be
annoying to some of us, but the book is entirely dedicated to transhumanist
trends in our culture, and  may play a role in overcoming also in the
English-speaking world a scenario where most transhumanists used to ignore
philosophical posthumanism or to sneer at it as a bunch of Sokalesque
clowns, and the latter takes transhumanism into consideration only
marginally and as a trivial variant of humanist and nineteenth-century

In fact, a debate between posthuman-ism and post-humanism where both take
each other more seriously seems inescapable, and it does not seem
coincidential that one of my publishers in presenting a book on
transhumanism and biopolitics chose to describe my own orientation as
"overhumanist, identitarian and postmodernist" even though I abhor
"fashionable nonsense" and oracular, anti-scientific jargon.

Stefano Vaj
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