Covid-19, Philosophy and the Leap Towards the Posthuman

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  • Malesela John Lamola

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/2413-3086/8581

Keywords:

Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of technology, posthumanism, transhumanism

Abstract

A discursive canon around transhumanism and posthumanism as beliefs in the efficacy and necessity of technology as the beneficial transformer of human life “for the better” is well-established in the Western philosophical tradition. However, none of the theorists and protagonists of this technological reconfiguration of humanity could ever have predicted that what they envisaged would be propelled into manifestation with as dramatic and phenomenal momentum such as has been ushered in by the mainly technology-driven interventions introduced in various measures globally to curb the SARS-CoV2 virus. The effect of these responses to the pandemic, it is here demonstrated, have set humanity into a technogenesis, a transformative ontological process headed towards a machinistic and de-anthropic life idealised by posthumanists. Apropos, a set of three intertwined tasks are here executed. Firstly, I explicate my foregoing claim, namely, how at the helm of the variety of measures to control Covid-19 is a discernible socio-scientific movement that is directed at inaugurating and regularising a posthumanist consciousness and de-anthropic modes of sociality. Secondly, I venture a critical understanding of “the Covid-19 moment” that exposes the quadripartite alliance of a postmodernist Western philosophy, technoscience, commercial interests, and politics as the systemic drivers of this technocratic philosophical anthropology. Thirdly, or rather concurrently, taking the work of Nick Bostrom as the theoretical heuristic advocating human technological transformation, I normatively alert of the ramifications of this emerging human ontology.

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Author Biography

Malesela John Lamola

Research  Fellow, department of Philosophy

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Published

2021-02-15

How to Cite

Lamola, Malesela John. 2021. “Covid-19, Philosophy and the Leap Towards the Posthuman”. Phronimon 21 (February):18 pages . https://doi.org/10.25159/2413-3086/8581.

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