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In Defence of the Human Being: Foundational Questions of an Embodied Anthropology

Thomas Fuchs


With the progress of artificial intelligence, the digitalization of the lifeworld, and the reduction of the mind to neuronal processes, the human being appears more and more as a product of data and algorithms. Thus, we conceive ourselves “in the image of our machines,” and conversely, we elevate our machines and our brains to new subjects. At the same time, demands for an enhancement of human nature culminate in transhumanist visions of taking human evolution to a new stage. Against this self-reification of the human being, the present book defends a humanism of embodiment: our corporeality, ... More

Keywords: embodiment, enactivism, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, neuro-constructivism, virtualization, functionalism, life-world, psychiatry, temporality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192898197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192898197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Fuchs, author
Karl Jaspers Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, Heidelberg University, Germany