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Polity Press
Place of Publication: 
Malden, MA

This timely book examines the rise of posthumanism as both a  material condition and a developing philosophical-ethical project  in the age of cloning, gene engineering, organ transplants and  implants.  

Nayar first maps the political and philosophical critiques of  traditional humanism, revealing its exclusionary and  ‘speciesist’ politics that position the human as a  distinctive and dominant life form. He then contextualizes the  posthumanist vision which, drawing upon biomedical, engineering and  techno-scientific studies, concludes that human consciousness is  shaped by its co-evolution with other life forms, and our human  form inescapably influenced by tools and technology. Finally the  book explores posthumanism’s roots in disability studies,  animal studies and bioethics to underscore the constructed nature of ‘normalcy’ in bodies, and the singularity of species  and life itself.  

As this book powerfully demonstrates, posthumanism marks a radical  reassessment of the human as constituted by symbiosis,  assimilation, difference and dependence upon and with other  species. Mapping the terrain of these far-reaching debates,  Posthumanism will be an invaluable companion to students of  cultural studies and modern and contemporary literature. (Publisher)