[ExI] transhumanist as a philosophy

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Sun Jun 20 22:25:04 UTC 2010

On 6/20/2010 4:57 PM, Stefano Vaj wrote:

> Speaking of books of transhumanists or on transhumanism or strictly
> related topics, we have this (a little out of date) list (the yellow
> square denote neoluddite or otherwise violently hostile books):

A remarkable list, but fairly useless in the context of discussing >H 
*as a formal philosophy*.

E.g., McKibben acknowledges transhumanist thinkers, but as you note he's 
one of the violently hostile commentators. Egan's novels display some 
versions of *post*humans (as do those of Sterling, Gibson, Stross, 
Kelly, Di Philippo, Banks, me and other fiction scribblers), but don't 
really constitute a philosophic tradition. I see only a couple of titles 
in there that might almost be the equivalent of David Kelley's, Tara 
Smith's and Chris Sciabara's books on Rand's Objectivism (although the 
non-English ones on >H might be packed with powerful goodness).

Damien Broderick

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