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Il postumano. La vita oltre l'individuo, oltre la specie, oltre la morte

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  28 reviews

La nostra seconda vita negli universi digitali, il cibo geneticamente modificato, le protesi di nuova generazione, le tecnologie riproduttive sono gli aspetti ormai familiari di una condizione postumana. Tutto ciò ha cancellato le frontiere tra ciò che è umano e ciò che non lo è, mettendo in mostra la base non naturalistica dell’umanità contemporanea.
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Paperback, 1st edition I libri di DeriveApprodi, 220 pages
Published January 2014 by DeriveApprodi (first published May 20th 2013)
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Karl Bunker
This book is not, in any straightforward sense, about "the posthuman" in the sense that futurists like Ray Kurzweil and many science fiction authors use the term. That is, it's not a discussion of the ways by which future technologies might enhance and modify human minds and bodies to the point that the definition of "human" is called into question.

Rather, it's a book of dense, highly specialized philosophy. The branch of philosophy it discusses is tangentially connected to the "posthuman" in th
Erkan Saka
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of the book is the best review of contemporary social theory I have seen recently. Some sections of the boook discusses the state of humanities and academia/universities. This is also revealing. Posthumanism discussion is a peculiar one that has nothing to do with futurologists etc. Since i come from a poststructuralist background like the author, i find her perspective even more helpful.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: akademia, feminizm
Przeczytałam to, żeby pisać lepsze fanfiction do X-men :)

A tak poważnie, Braidotti, jak zawsze, oferuje klarowne, wyczerpujące i wciągające kompendium myśli posthumanistycznej, rozumianej jako okres koniecznej i możliwej reformacji sposobów konstruowania i rozumienia podmiotowości. "Po człowieku" to przegląd możliwości i zagrożeń nowoczesnego myślenia, nie tylko tych związanych z bigoteryjnym konserwatyzmem, ale też tkwiących w sercu (post)humanizmu, jak androcentryczne nawyki myślowej i kierowa
Christopher Roberts
Oct 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
When I picked this book up I thought it was a philosophy of science text about posthumanism, so keep that in mind when you read this review. I hate reading most postmodern philosophy, and was appalled to discover that this was a postmodern text. As I began to wade into it I found the introduction to be not so bad and found myself agreeing with it more than I thought I would. That was short lived.

This "philosophy" involves Braidotti citing her opinion on something and then citing somebody else
Jonathan Norton
Apr 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is an over-long Dean's Address in which all the different bits of news she's heard over the past year get a brief mention, but nothing is explained in any detail. The primary concern is institutional: to emphasise that "the Humanities" have a viable future in the western university structure of the 21st century. Since the later decades of the 20th century saw Humanities departments become dominated by theorists who rejected the traditional presumptions that led to the emergence of "the Huma ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vidutiniška knygelė, lyginant su anksčiau skaitytais Braidotti straipsniais. Buvo kelios vietos įdomesnės, kur skaitydama įsitraukiau į samprotavimą, nes ten jis originalus, ne perrašinėjamas iš kitų autorių. Įdomiausias gal trečias skyrius, beveik visas, apie laiką ir mirtį (ignoruojamos senos filosofinės taisyklės, tai nėra nuobodu), nes čia mažiausiai apžvalgos ir daugiausiai pačios Braidotti interpretacijų ir išvadų. Kiti skyriai, išskyrus vieną kitą vietą jose šiaip labiau tinkami kam nors, ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, deleuze
Excellent text, dealing with the phenomenon of the "posthuman". Braidotti's four chapters focus on: 1. A genealogy of the path towards posthumanism. Beginning with the classical understanding as "man as the measure of all" or the renaissance Vitruvian man. Towards crisis of "man" in anti-humanism, which sub verses this understanding of "man" as the measure of all things by introducing difference and the minoritarian. This ultimately culminated in the posthuman, which exist when that understandin ...more
Mirosław Aleksander
Off the bat: the two stars stand for the official goodreads scale ('It was OK'). The book starts of very well. The first two chapters Are interesting, although not very innovative. We actually get only a handful of original ideas, relying mostly on postulates that have been around since the mid-20th century, some even earlier. The rejection of the outdated Enlightenment model is a compelling idea, as are the changes discussed in the second chapter.

The following two chapters are, unfortunately, l
Boria Sax
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Posthuman by Rosi Braidotti is an impressive display of intellectual virtuosity, but I suspect it may be an exercise in futility as well. The author subtly interrogates a vast range of works that purport to be post-humanist or zoocentric, from deep ecology to ecofeminism, concluding that they are ultimately tied to anthropocentric and humanistic paradigms. This critical analysis is in the service of what she believes to be a genuine posthumanism, which does not entail the commodification and ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A theoretical exploration of philosophies for posthumanism, Braidotti's book makes a case for a specific kind: a monist (Spinozist), vitalist, postanthropocentric, (antihumanist) posthumanism. With a vocabulary informed by Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, the author shows a short, subjective presentation of humanism and of other kinds of posthumanism(s): Nussbaum's reactive, human rights based view and the techno-scientific view. Research in posthumanist times is explored, in terms of: (1) becomi ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first introduction to the theory of the posthuman and it was a good place to start. Braidotti is very clear in her definitions - sometimes too clear, to the point of repeating the same thing many times over - but that certainly helped in my understanding of the subject.
I agree with most of her stances and personally find the posthuman fascinating, but where I disagreed I strongly disagreed. Her using of mental illness discourse in her rhetoric is extremely offensive and greatly hampe
Adrian Anghel
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nici nu se poate pune altfel problema în privința viitorului. Faptul că alege o cale vitalistă, pe filieră feministă și anti-umanistă, păstrând esența umană în centru și încercând dezvoltarea acesteia cu politici cât mai diverse, cât mai deschise, mă face să cred că postumanul merită mai mult decât o șansă, merită atenția noastră morală și datoria noastră pentru ca acest sistem să devină un punct de cotitură pentru umanitatea noastră. Studiile umaniste, dar și omul primesc o nouă șansă cu aceast ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best overview of Posthumanism that i've encountered. Clear, concise, and accessible.
Masa Nishimura
Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: half-read, psychology
Her writing was hard to follow. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, who has not studied philosophy.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
terrible irt race
Maoquai Chang
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an introduction to the many strands of theories of the posthuman. At the heart of the book is a call to a posthuman ethics, what she calls a “vitalist egalitarianism of zoe,” which grows out of ontological relationality and which recognizes the inter-connectedness between all living things (and spaces) without (re)centering on the self. For Braidotti, a posthuman ethics is dependent upon letting go of the (self-)centering of human (she frequently refers back to the Vetruvian Man), t ...more
Mike Hayden
Braidotti is a very interesting thinker, and I will have to reread 《The Posthuman》after some further reading, but over all Braidotti's book is poorly argued, in places dogmatic and uncritical, full of Scientism and a certain contempt of science, empirucism, rationalism and a rigourous methodology which may have saved her very interesring and important ideas from being inconsistent and contradictory. For example, if she is right and tge humanities needs to accept the present as present and free i ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A critic of Humanism and monist, Braidotti offers a very interesting discussion on the 'posthuman', including its integration into 'affirmative politics'.

In her perspective on Humanism:

"The emphasis falls instead on issues of diversity and differences among them and on the internal fractures of each category. In this respect, anti-humanism rejects the dialectical scheme of thought, where difference or otherness played a constitutive role, marking off the sexualized other (woman), the racialized
If I could choose 3.5 stars, I would.
In this text, Rosi Braidotti discusses the current state of posthumanism. While, based on the title, the book might be taken as an introductory text, instead it moves on from quite a few posthuman texts from the past decade or two (like the work done by Donna Haraway) and takes their work further to describe her own view of the posthuman. The book is very much concerned with a lack of distinction between life and death, trying to move those seemingly opposite
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
É um livro bem mais denso do que eu esperava, mas muito informativo se você estiver disposto a aprender. Braidotti começa seu livro fazendo uma espécie de genealogia das teorias pós-humanas - ou como ela chegou ao ponto de se identificar como uma pensadora pós-humana. A seguir, ela começa a analisar alguns aspectos do pensamento pós-humanista - a relação com os animais, com o meio ambiente, com a tecnologia.

Pessoalmente, eu esperava alguma análise de manifestações culturais, mas logo o livro dei
Shruti Buddhavarapu
As mediocre-ly written summations of theoretical ontologies go, this was okay.

Can't help but be disappointed though. Braidotti sets up so much tingling possibility in her Introduction, but I felt like I was reading 'Beginning Theory' by Peter Barry (so it is extremely useful for a scanning). I found nothing of heft though.
Dariusz Płochocki
Za dużo na mój wzgląd myśli feministycznej, chociaż i tak czyta się dobrze Bradotti, bardzo piękne przedstawienie posthumanizmu i drogi do postantropocenu, którą powoli zmierzamy. Całość pięknie polana lewicową i dość strawna rzeczywistością.Coraz bardziej czlek widzi, ze nad Wisłą mowimy innym jezykiem i innymi kategoriami, chociaż moze i lepiej...
It's quite fantastic. Very Deleuzian, very wild. Here and there a bit "milquetoast" (thanks to Tony for that word), but overall quite wonderful.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Braidotti, brilliant call to arms in the face of advanced capitalism and its consequences for the environment.
Stephen Sowle
Listened to a very interesting interview with the author on The Philosophers Zone podcast.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deep-knowledge
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