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Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

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Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
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Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

IEET > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly

John G. Messerly

John G. Messerly is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET,  and a Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his PhD in philosophy from St. Louis University in 1992. He was a member of the faculty of both the philosophy and computer science departments for many years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught courses on the ethical and philosophical implications of emerging technologies. He is the author of books on ethical theory, evolutionary philosophy, and the meaning of life, as well as dozens of articles, mostly on transhumanist themes. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition Group (localized at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Seattle University.

He is currently interested in how technological and cosmic evolution shed light on existential questions about the meaning in life. His most recent book is The Meaning of Life: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific, and Transhumanist Perspectives. He blogs daily on issues of philosophy, evolution, futurism and the meaning of life at his website:

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The Meaning of Life

Hope: A Defense

Kazantzakis’ Epitaph: Rejecting Hope

Summary of Kazantzakis’: The Saviors of God: Spiritual Exercises

The Life and Philosophy of Nikos Kazantzakis

Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature by John Messerly (2015)


"Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside"   Reason and Meaning  Feb 19, 2017

"The USA Overthrows Democracies Abroad, Will They Overthrow Their Own?"   Reason and Meaning  Feb 15, 2017

"Douthat’s “How Populism Stumbles” and Frum’s “How To Build An Autocracy”"   Reason and Meaning  Feb 13, 2017

"Why Truth Matters"   Reason and Meaning  Feb 8, 2017

"Harry Frankfurt on Bullshit And Lying"   Reason and Meaning  Feb 6, 2017

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Does death make life worth living?   2015-04-28

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot Revisted   2015-03-17

What Is Philosophy For?   2015-03-07

Alan Watts: Who Am I?   2015-02-23


John Messerly publishes a New Book (Mar 31, 2016)

John Danaher is Top 2015 IEET Writer; Technoprogressivism is Top SubCategory (Dec 01, 2015)

New Affiliate Scholars: John Messerly and Amon Twyman (Nov 21, 2014)


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