1st Edition

Bioethics and the Posthumanities

Edited By Danielle Sands Copyright 2022
    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    This interdisciplinary volume explores how posthumanist approaches can illuminate current issues in bioethics and considers the relevance of these issues for the humanities, including questions of autonomy and authorship, and notions of ethical and juridical responsibility in the context of a changing understanding of subjectivity.

    With contributions from a variety of areas, including literature, philosophy, media, and policy-making, the book outlines the historical and philosophical development of posthumanism, and current key questions in bioethics. It generates a dialogue between bioethical approaches and the posthumanities, identifying ways in which posthumanist scholarship might be used to inform bioethical policy.

    The book also looks more speculatively at the future, and the potential implications of technological developments which are only beginning to emerge. It uses posthumanism to look critically at the humanism underpinning de-extinction science, considers the ways in which technology is re-framing our social and political imaginaries, and asks about the identification of future posthumans.

    Introduction: Encounters between Bioethics and the Posthumanities

    Danielle Sands

    PART I: Bioethical Challenges

    1. Therapy, Enhancement, and the Social Model of Disability
    2. Michael Wee

    3. Rethinking the Posthuman in Bioethics
    4. David Boden and Sarah Chan

    5. Gen-ethics, Policy and the Posthumanities 
    6. Ruth Chadwick

      PART II: Bioethics and Posthumanism in Dialogue

    7. Questioning the Politics of Human Enhancement Technologies
    8. Tom Hobson and Anna Roessing

    9. Biohumanities
    10. Stefan Herbrechter

    11. Autonomous: Bioethics and/as Intellectual Property
    12. Megen de Bruin-Molé

      PART III: Exploring Posthuman Futures

    13. A Posthumanist Critique of De-Extinction Science
    14. Sarah Bezan

    15. Posthumanism and the Bioethics of Moral Responsibility

      Matt Hayler
    16. The Filter Problem for Posthuman Bioethics: The Case of Hyperagency

              David Roden


    Danielle Sands is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    ‘The turn of the twenty-first century and the subsequent continuous emergence of the implications of technological advancement have brought a crisis into the heart of the humanities. . . . Beyond merely philosophizing, Danielle Sands seeks to explore the practical applications of posthuman theory by connecting it with the field of bioethics. . . . The ultimate goal is not simply to revolutionize health studies but to facilitate social justice and equality; now and in our posthuman future.’

    Stavroula Anastasia Katsorchi, Journal of Posthumanism