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What Is Posthumanism?

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What does it mean to think beyond humanism? Is it possible to craft a mode of philosophy, ethics, and interpretation that rejects the classic humanist divisions of self and other, mind and body, society and nature, human and animal, organic and technological? Can a new kind of humanities-posthumanities-respond to the redefinition of humanity's place in the world by both th ...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published December 31st 2009 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Karl Steel
Apr 19, 2010 Karl Steel rated it liked it
Shelves: theory, animals
If you've been reading Wolfe, you've already read this. Comprising articles on Bjork and psychoanalytic theory, systems theory, critical animal theory, Wallace Stevens, and Emerson, What is Posthumanism never quite gelled into a book for me. Instead of this collection, I would have welcomed an entire, brief book collecting the critical animal theory material Wolfe has published since Animal Rites and a separate, somewhat longer book on systems theory.

The imagined systems theory book would have
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CëRïSë
Mar 31, 2010 CëRïSë rated it it was ok
Cary Wolfe is brilliant, and the themes he presents here are dear to my own heart, but I can't say I enjoyed this at all. I think I also still resent him for prompting me to watch Dancer in the Dark , which I thought was offensively dreadful, but which he seemed to find wonderful.

Actually, the book and film have some things in common that way: both are smart, but require a lot of work on the part of the audience, which may not ultimately feel worth it; the bits of brilliance are densely hidden
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Mjhancock
Feb 11, 2012 Mjhancock rated it liked it
In just under 300 pages, Wolfe argues for a new articulation of what posthumanism can and should mean. I may attempt a longer review of this book later, but for now, I'll just spread all of my immediate responses out on the table, and you can decide what picture resulting collage forms. Wolfe's argument begins with a basic disgruntlement with current versions of posthumanism, especially that of N. Katherine Hayles. He thinks that these arguments fail in that they attempt to create a posthuman wa ...more
Ralowe Ampu
Sep 28, 2011 Ralowe Ampu rated it it was ok
bleh. this was the most tedious thing ever commited to paper. of course i love it because i only started trying to read theory a couple of months ago. half this book is citations, references and allusions to other authors. but seriously, he could have summed it up in a hundred pages. i think he knows this because the book evens out to a nice symmetrical 300 pages almost exactly. to make his point he takes me through the talking heads and bjork. no. just don't. sure you can devise an ethic that r ...more
The Awdude
May 11, 2011 The Awdude rated it really liked it
Derrida plus Luhmann equals be nice to animals or shame on you. Some good ideas in here. Finally systems theory seems to be catching on, which is a good thing. But I'm still worried about this trend of de-centering the subject that seems to be never-ending. I mean, of course the subject isn't real, but if you take away agency then how do you hold anyone responsible for anything? Anyway, I dug it overall. Definitely got the ole wheels a-turnin'.
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