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Volume 25, Issue 2


Homo biotechnologicus

Emil Višňovský
  • Department of Philosophy & History of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University Gondova 2, P.O.BOX 32, 814 99 Bratislava, Slovakia / Institute for Research in Social Communication Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava 4, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2015-04-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2015-0019


The paper outlines the concept of the human being as homo biotechnologicus. This concept is just one version of many possible human self-interpretations, since human beings can answer their own fundamental question of ‘who are we?’ simply using their ‘human, all too human’ self-descriptions. However, technology is a substantial part of the human being as a natural being, and biotechnology is, moreover, its root. The biotechnology of today’s world means that humanity is set on a path to transcending its own human nature, with all the risky consequences that entails. The author considers these radical developments from the standpoint of posthumanism

Keywords: human being; human nature; technology; biotechnology; humanism; posthumanism; transhumanism; technological culture


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Published Online: 2015-04-07

Published in Print: 2015-04-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 25, Issue 2, Pages 230–237, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2015-0019.

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