By Keith Ansell Pearson
Nietzsche's imaginative and prescient of the 'overman' keeps to hang-out the postmodern mind's eye. His name that 'man is whatever that has to be triumph over' can now not be obvious as basic rhetoric. Our stories of the hybrid realities of man-made lifestyles have made the 'transhuman' a determine that appears over us all. encouraged by means of this imaginative and prescient, Keith Ansell Pearson units out to envision if evolution is 'out of keep an eye on' and machines are taking over.
In a sequence of six interesting views, he hyperlinks Nietzsche's concept with the problems at stake in modern conceptions of evolution from the organic to the technological. Viroid lifestyles; views on Nietzsche and the Transhuman Condition considers the hybrid, 'inhuman' personality of our destiny by means of Nietzsche's philosophy. Keith Ansell Pearson contrasts Nietzsche and Darwin prior to introducing the more moderen figures similar to Giles Deleuze and man Debord to comic strip a brand new considering technics and machines and rigidity the ambiguous personality of our 'machine enslavement'.
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Extra resources for Viroid Life: Perspectives on Nietzsche and the Transhuman Condition
The ‘free spirits ’ Nietzsche appeals to in his ’writings are a fictional product of his imagination which he needed to invent for himself so as not to feel alone in his difficult task of teaching man how to go beyond himself by going down to himself. : preface, section 2). ’^ s is to speak of a ‘decisive experience’ of a ‘great liberation’. The liberator discovers that hitherto it has been chained and fettered not only to the past but to its most supreme moments. As a result there necessarily arises a terror and suspicion in the face of what it had loved, producing: a rebellious, arbitrary, volcanically erupting desire for travel, strange places, estrangements, coldness, soberness, a hatred of love, perhaps a descecrating blow and glance backwarcls to where it formerly loved .
Nie^tzsche’s justification of the notion of will-to-power in Beyond Good and Evil in terms of the ‘conscience of method’ comes close to Kant’s position (1966: section 36). 24 It should be noted that there is northing particularly of ‘now' about Regis’s depiction of the transhuman condition. In the 1960s Arthur C. Clarke speculated on the ‘progress’ of evolution ‘from a biological level to a technological one’, and, like Regis, even cited Nietzsche on man as the rope stretched between animal and superman to lend some philosophical 'authority’ to his claims (Clarke 1964: 212-27).
A biology of te^nics is as ‘metaphyacal’ as a biology of nature. Thcre is only a technics of m^^ind and of nature that demands a critical and supra-moral reading. The ^task is to render the concepts of soul, life, value, and memory genealogical in Nietzsche’s (uncommon) sense, not metaphysical, which requires, in part, removing them from the techno-sciences and their complicity with a metaphysical h^anism . This is tan^mount to losing humans in the act of finding them. 22 In contemporary discourse the question concerning the ma^tine is being posed in unequlv^^ linear terms as that w h i^ comes after and supersedes the h^^rn.