Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Rafael Capurro


"Beyond humanisms"


International Center for Information Ethics



Abstract: We live in a time of the crisis of humanisms that have a long history recently addressed by Charles Taylor in his monumental book "Secular Age" (Taylor 2007). What answers do we as ethicists give to this challenge that "calls for thinking" (Heidegger 1971) today? Do we need a new kind of humanism facing the challenges of the information society? What is the difference between present and past humanisms? What is behind the discourses on trans- and posthumanisms? What is the place of humans with regard to non-human living, artificial and hybrid beings? These are far-reaching questions that need a broad historical and systematic analysis.