Man and Superman: Human Enhancement in Fiction

Man and Superman: Human Enhancement in Fiction

Modern technology, we imagine, will one day grant us everything we have ever dreamt of: superhuman strength, unlimited knowledge and understanding, hitherto unimaginable pleasures, and a life that will extend indefinitely into an increasingly glorious posthuman future.

Such developments have been foreshadowed in the stories that we have told ourselves. Our literature is rich with accounts of radical human enhancement, right from the epic of Gilgamesh and Homer’s Iliad to China Mieville and Robert Sawyer. To examine such accounts helps us to understand the cultural roots of certain goals and arguments that inform current discourse surrounding human enhancement and the positions of both those who support the project and those who are suspicious of it.

University of Exeter professor of philosophy Michael Hauskeller, with co-editors Curtis Carbonell and Thomas D. Philbeck are inviting contributions to a planned volume on “Human Enhancement in Fiction”. Articles should engage with a work of fiction that addresses some aspect of radical human enhancement.

The full call for contributions can be accessed http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/staff/mhauskeller/other/

Or send an abstract of 200-400 words and a short bio to Curtis Carbonell at: ccarbo04@nyit.edu

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