Human Being @ Risk

Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability Transformations

  • Mark Coeckelbergh

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Mark Coeckelbergh
    Pages 1-16
  3. Descriptive Anthropology of Vulnerability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 19-36
    3. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 37-62
    4. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 63-83
  4. Normative Anthropology of Vulnerability

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 203-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-218

About this book


Whereas standard approaches to risk and vulnerability presuppose a strict separation between humans and their world, this book develops an existential-phenomenological approach according to which we are always already beings-at-risk. Moreover, it is argued that in our struggle against vulnerability, we create new vulnerabilities and thereby transform ourselves as much as we transform the world.

Responding to the discussion about human enhancement and information technologies, the book then shows that this dynamic-relational approach has important implications for the evaluation of new technologies and their risks. It calls for a normative anthropology of vulnerability that does not ask which objective risks are acceptable, how we can become invulnerable, or which technologies threaten human nature, but which vulnerability transformations we want. To the extent that we can steer the growth of new technologies at all, this tragic and sometimes comic project should therefore be guided by what we want to become.​


Aesthetics Vulnerability Anthropology Technology Anthropology Vulnerability Arendt Capability Approach Technology Cyber Security Digital Human being Ethics Information age Ethics Information technology Ethics Science-fiction Ethics Vulnerability Existence Vulnerability Heidegger Human Enhancement Imagination Future Phenomenology Anthropology Phenomenology Technology Philosophy Cyberspace Philosophy Technology Plessner Politics Vulnerability Risk and philosophy Security Information Technology Social Technology Social construction of Risk Spiritual Technology Technological Vulnerability Technology Human values Technology Tragedy Transhumanism Vulnerbility

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Coeckelbergh
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6024-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6025-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7202
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7210
  • Buy this book on publisher's site