Angelaki 16 (2):127 - 141 (2011)

This essay aims to identify several related themes that regularly appear in posthumanist scholarship but which have not been theorized sufficiently, including the rhetoric of temporal and historical rupture, the logic of dialectical reversal, the effacement of human/animal difference, and above all the critical ascendancy of the term ?posthumanism? itself. If one of the aims of posthumanism is to render the face of the human unknowable to itself, then to what extent does the human that re-names itself ?posthuman? do so in order to lay claim once again to a dubious self-knowledge? The rhetoric of posthumanism, moreover, implies a progressive narrative that ironically mirrors the Enlightenment principles of perfectibility that it would oppose. Drawing from Derrida?s notion of the ?democracy to come,? I argue that the advent of the posthuman must always remain deferred. Just as the promise of democracy remains unfulfilled, the posthuman must infinitely postdate its arrival in any present
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/0969725X.2011.591592
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,355
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Drawing Lines.James Rachels - 2004 - In Cass R. Sunstein & Martha Craven Nussbaum (eds.), Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions. Oxford University Press. pp. 162--174.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

‘Who’ is Turning?Vicki Kirby - 2022 - Derrida Today 15 (1):98-105.
Earthbound in the Anthropocene.Chris Danta - 2022 - Derrida Today 15 (1):87-92.

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Deconstruction and Excision in Philosophical Posthumanism.David Roden - 2010 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 21 (1):27 - 36.
Posthumanism.Neil Badmington (ed.) - 2000 - Palgrave.
Posthumanism and Russian Religious Thought.Jan Krasicki - 2002 - Studies in East European Thought 54 (1-2):125-143.
Posthuman Agency: Between Theoretical Traditions.Mark Peter Jones - 1996 - Sociological Theory 14 (3):290-309.
What Is Posthumanism?Candice Salyers - 2010 - Environmental Philosophy 8 (1):134-137.
Religious Motifs in Technological Posthumanism.Michael E. Zimmerman - 2009 - Western Humanities Review (3):67-83.
Dignity, Posthumanism, and the Community of Values.Ruud ter Meulen - 2010 - American Journal of Bioethics 10 (7):69-70.
In Defense of Posthuman Dignity.Nick Bostrom - 2005 - Bioethics 19 (3):202–214.


Added to PP index

Total views
63 ( #183,185 of 2,519,515 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #167,019 of 2,519,515 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes