[ExI] transhumanism as a philosophy

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Jun 22 17:00:10 UTC 2010

Worth adding that Max has an interesting essay in the Jan 2010 JET on 
"The Overhuman in the Transhuman," where he notes (in regard to >H 
philosophical development):

<Sorgner’s essay establishes parallels between transhumanism  and 
Nietzsche’s thought, but does not address the question of whether 
transhumanist ideas were directly influenced  by Nietzsche. I can state 
with complete confidence that such an influence does indeed exist. I 
know that because his ideas influenced my own thinking. That thinking 
led to my introduction of the term “transhumanism” (only later did I 
discover Huxley’s prior use of the term), to the publication of my 
essay, “Transhumanism: Towards a Futurist Philosophy” (More 1990), and 
to my original transhumanist statement, “The Extropian Principles” 
(later “The Principles of Extropy”, More 1990b). While these essays are 
far from the only sources of contemporary transhumanism, these seminal 
writings have been influential. Since they were themselves influenced by 
some of Nietzsche’s core ideas, the direct connection between 
transhumanism and Nietzsche is established.>

(I hope “Transhumanism: Towards a Futurist Philosophy” will appear in 

Damien Broderick

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