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‘Nietzsche Gets a Modem’: Transhumanism and the Technological Sublime

Elaine Graham

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 65-80
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/16.1.65
‘Nietzsche Gets a Modem’: Transhumanism and the Technological Sublime

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Transhumanism is a futuristic philosophy which celebrates the potential of advanced technologies to augment human functioning to unprecedented degrees, ushering in a new phase of ‘posthuman’ evolution. Some trans‐humanists even regard digital technologies as capable of ‘re‐enchanting’ the world. Such visions of ‘cyberspace as sacred space’ conceal many value‐judgments, however, not least in the universalisation of a metaphysics of technoscience founded on longings for invulnerability, incorporeality and omniscience. Such propensities cloak ideologies of technocratic consumerism that refuse to engage with the global implications of new technologies. A theologically‐derived critique not only exposes the ideology of ‘transcendence’ at the heart of transhumanism, but also challenges its claim to represent a latter‐day Nietzschean sensibility.

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