Wolfe, C 2010, What Is Posthumanism?


Wolfe, C 2010, What Is Posthumanism?, n.p.: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010., DEAKIN UNIV LIBRARY’s Catalog, EBSCOhost, viewed 2 October 2015. http://ezproxy.deakin.edu.au/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat00097a&AN=deakin.b2480803&site=eds-live&scope=site


Review: “What does it mean to think beyond humanism? Is it possible to craft a mode of philosophy, ethics, and interpretation that rejects the classic humanist divisions of self and other, mind and body, society and nature, human and animal, organic and technological? Can a new kind of humanities – posthumanities – respond to the redefinition of humanity’s place in the world by both the technological and the biological or “green” continuum in which the “human” is but one life form among many?” “Exploring how both critical thought along with cultural practice have reacted to this radical repositioning, Cary Wolfe – one of the founding figures in the field of animal studies and posthumanist theory – ranges across bioethics, cognitive science, animal ethics, gender, and disability to develop a theoretical and philosophical approach responsive to our changing understanding of ourselves and our world.”–BOOK JACKET.

Content Notes: Meaning and event; or, systems theory and “the reconstruction of deconstruction” — Language, representation, and species: cognitive science versus deconstruction — Flesh and finitude: bioethics and the philosophy of the living — “Animal studies,” disciplinarity, and the (post)humanities — Learning from Temple Grandin: animal studies, disability studies, and who comes after the subject — From dead meat to glow-in-the-dark bunnies: the animal question in contemporary art — When you can’t believe your eyes (or voice): dancer in the dark — Lose the building: form and system in contemporary architecture — Emerson’s romanticism, Cavell’s skepticism, Luhmann’s modernity — The idea of observation at Key West: systems theory, poetry, and form beyond formalism — The digital, the analog, and the spectral: echographies from my life in the bush of ghosts.


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