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David Roden
Open University (UK)
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In my book Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human (Routledge 2014) I set out a recursive account of the conditions for posthumanity: the Disconnection Thesis (DT). The DT states that a being is posthuman iff: 1) It has ceased to belong to WH (the "Wide Human" socio-technical network) as a result of technical alteration; 2) Or it is a wide descendent of such a being (outside WH) (PHL 112) Jon Cogburn's "Galapagos objection" attempts to show that there could be life forms whose evolution satisfies the disconnection criteria but which lack the degree of autonomy that elicits our moral concern with the prospect posthumans. In this post I respond to Jon's objection and briefly discuss other philosophical objections to my account of posthumanity. Roden, David. 2012. “The Disconnection Thesis”. In The Singularity Hypothesis: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment, A. Eden, J. Søraker, J. Moor & E. Steinhart (eds), 281–98. London: Springer. Roden, David. 2014. Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human. London: Routledge.
Keywords posthumanism  metaphysics  transhumanism
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