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Transhumanism and Biopolitics

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This chapter stresses the moral and political consequences of transhumanist anthropology and of the equivalence of therapies and enhancement. The analysis is based on the assumption that contemporary politics is centred on the biological life of human beings, which has been the mainstay of power since the seventeenth century. Transhumanism is shown to be a movement whose aims can be understood on condition that it is placed in the broader framework of the political configuration of contemporary Western societies characterised by the notion of biopolitics. This configuration points out that although transhumanism seeks to liberate the body and the individualities of human beings from the constraints of biology, it may become a tool for the complete control and dominion of individuals by taking possession of their bodies.

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  • Biopolitics
  • Politics
  • Wellbeing
  • Life

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Adorno, F.P. (2021). Transhumanism and Biopolitics. In: The Transhumanist Movement. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82423-5_6

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