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About Monsters, mutants, and lonely machines (or what?)
An international conference

Global modernity, it has been argued, is marked by the hubris of a rupture from the past, accompanied by a systematic effort at a rational omniscience and omnipotence. This telos, with its roots in the European Enlightenment, is premised on a clearly defined image of the human, both as a moral norm to enforce and a project of knowledge for validation. Yet from the beginning of this period, we have been haunted by the anxiety of that which lies beyond the boundaries of the human. If the beginnings of humanism construed its other in the shape of the “savage,” the “animal,” the “ghoul” and other forms of the “infrahuman monster” our own temporal horizon, lit with apocalyptic prospects such as of the end of history, gathers its hopes and anxieties from another typology, the “artificial,” the “cybernetic,” the “informatic,” not to mention forms of the “transhuman,” the “posthuman” and the “suprahuman.”

 

 

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