Beyond Humanisms

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Capurro, Rafael (2012)
  • Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
  • Journal: Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts (issn: 1868-6648)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5445/KSP/1000025641
  • Subject: Angeletics | Social sciences (General) | H1-99 | Posthumanism | Humanism | Ethics | Metaphysics | History & geography
    • ddc: ddc:900

In the first part of this paper a short history of Western humanisms (Socrates, Pico della Mirandola, Descartes, Kant) is presented. As far as these humanisms rest on a fixation of the ‘humanum’ they are metaphysical, although they might radically differ from each other. The second part deals with the present debate on trans- and posthumanism in the context of some breath-taking developments in science and technology.Angeletics, a theory of messengers and messages, intends to give an answer to the leading question of this paper, namely: ‘what does it mean to go beyond humanisms?’ The conclusion exposes briefly an ethics of hospitality and care from an angeletic perspective.
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