By Christina Bieber Lake

Prophets of the Posthuman offers a clean and unique examining of fictional narratives that increase the query of what it capacity to be human within the face of speedily constructing bioenhancement applied sciences. Christina Bieber Lake argues that works by way of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, Marilynne Robinson, Raymond Carver, James Tiptree, Jr., and Margaret Atwood needs to be reevaluated in mild in their contributions to greater moral questions. Drawing on quite a lot of assets in philosophical and theological ethics, Lake claims that those writers percentage a dedication to preserving a class of personhood extra significant than that allowed through utilitarian ethics. Prophets of the Posthuman insists that simply because know-how can by no means ask even if we should always do whatever that we have got the ability to do, literature needs to step into that function. all the chapters of this interdisciplinary learn units up a customary moral state of affairs relating to human enhancement know-how after which illustrates how a piece of fiction uniquely speaks to that state of affairs, exposing a realm of human motivations that would rather be ignored or simplified. in the course of the imaginative and prescient of the writers she discusses, Lake uncovers a deep critique of the ascendancy of private autonomy as America’s such a lot adored worth. This ascendancy, coupled with technology’s glamorous gives you of happiness, is helping to form a utilitarian view of folks that makes in charge moral habit towards each other virtually most unlikely. Prophets of the Posthuman charts the basic position that literature needs to play within the carrying on with dialog of what it skill to be human in a posthuman world.

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