Becoming Human: New Perspectives on the Inhuman Condition

Becoming Human: New Perspectives on the Inhuman Condition

by Paul Sheehan


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The postmodern condition has delivered us into a world where our humanity can no longer be taken for granted. Whether his place is ceded to nature or technology, man is no longer the measure of all things, rather, he is locked into processes in which the only permanence is change. Becoming Human offers a sustained engagement with these and other paradoxes about human being and its nature in the 21st-century world. Beginning with the notion that the human is not an immutable given but rather an ever-changing entity, this collection of essays considers our multifarious condition through the perspective of a variety of fields, including philosophy, sociology, literature, and film studies.

In this book, the authors make coherent and accessible a sprawling field. The diversity of writers and approaches challenges current thinking about humanity, providing material for future scholars and researchers and prompting us to ponder these questions more deeply, while at the same time offering the reader a comprehensive, intelligible survey of recent inquiries into a potentially bewildering field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275978990
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/2003
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

PAUL SHEEHAN is a writer and researcher based in Sydney, Australia. The author of Modernism, Narrative, and Humanism, he has also published articles on subjects ranging from postmodernism to Samuel Beckett.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Steven Connor

Introduction: Contingencies of Humanness by Paul Sheehan

The Backgrounds of Human Being

Humanism and Human Being: Beyond Essentialism by Tom Rockmore

The Rehumanization of Art: Modernism, Technology, and The Crisis of Humanism by Michael Hollington

Is Humour Human by Simon Critchley

Naturalising Human Dominion

Philosophie au Naturel by John Mullarkey

Culture and Nature: The Mythic Register by Kate Soper

The Way of the World: Nature, History, Human Ontology by Joseph Margolis

Screen Narratives of Human Becoming

Death 24 Times a Second: The Inorganic Body and the Cinema by Laura Mulvey

Towards a New Demonology by Steven Connor

Rights of Sacrifice by Richard Kearney

The Project of Humanity by Zygmunt Bauman

Value, Justice, and the Wilderness Ideal by John O'Neill

On Critical Humility by Thomas Docherty

Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

About the Contributors

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