Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 329–332 | Cite as

Ethics in Times of Posthumanism

  • Galit WellnerEmail author


This commentary is an attempt to rethink the ethics of taking care in posthumanist times. It is an effort to combine ethics, posthumanism and psychological theories. I examine how the psychological notion of long-term well-being can serve as an ethical yardstick and how it can be relevant to non-humans.


Code Orientation SDT Well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ben Gurion University of the NegevTel AvivIsrael

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