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Sorgner@Star Trek “New Worlds” event
April 15-17
Nürnberg, Germany

Sorgner@8th Beyond Humanism Conference
May 25-28
Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Faculty of Philosophy

Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25-26

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Stefan Sorgner Topics

Stefan Sorgner speaking on Transhumanism and Star Wars

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner has been invited to talk about Transhumanism and Star Trek at the Star Trek event, “New Worlds.”

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Stefan Sorgner edited a German journal on Transhumanism

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner has edited a special edition of the German journal “Aufklärung und Kritik” on Transhumanism.

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Stefan Sorgner co-organizing 8th Beyond Humanism Conference in Madrid

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner is co-organizing the 8th Beyond Humanism Conference, with five other scholars.

The event is May 25-28, 2016, at Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Faculty of Philosophy.

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Stefan Sorgner interviewed by John Cabot University in Rome

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner was interviewed by by John Cabot University in Rome. IEET was mentioned in his introductory biography.

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Stefen Sorgner to speak at Meditation & Wirklichkeit conference in Berlin

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner will be speaking at the Meditation & Wirklichkeit conference in Berlin that will discuss issues pertaining to science, meditation and reality.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner Joins Faculty of John Cabot University in Rome

John Cabot University in Rome is pleased to welcome IEET Fellow Dr. Stefan Sorgner as a new professor of philosophy and bioethics.

Sorgner is one of the world’s leading post- and transhumanist philosophers. He joins John Cabot’s faculty after teaching at a number of universities across Germany and Austria. He is also the director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network.

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Stefan Sorgner co-edits “From Humanism to Meta-, Post- and Transhumanism?”

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner has co-edited an essay collection titled From Humanism to Meta-, Post- and Transhumanism? It will be published by Peter Lang early in 2016.

The book is volume 8 of a series called Beyond Humanism: Trans- and Posthumanism that can be viewed here.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner Edits First Ever Comprehensive Intro to Post and Transhumanism

The first ever comprehensive introduction edited by Robert Ranisch and IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner which compares and contrasts posthumanism and transhumanism is forthcoming within the next two weeks.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner on German public radio (WDR)

With more than 100,000 podcast users alone, IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner was interviewed by Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR, West German Broadcasting Cologne.) Below is the audio in German…

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Stefan Sorgner Talks About H+ at the World Congress of Philosophy

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner spoke on posthumanism and transhumanism at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy that took place in Athens recently.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was interviewed by Germany’s leading newspaper Die Zeit

The German weekly newspaper Die Zeit which is Germany’s leading weekly newspaper. It has a print run of 520000 copies per issue and is read by about 2 million people.

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IEET Fellows Part of an International Consortium of Institutions Working on the Metabody Project

Fellows Kevin LaGrandeur and Stefan Sorgner are part of an international consortium of institutions working on the Metabody Project, investigating the role technology has on interrelatedness of embodiment and emotion.

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Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, Menschenwürde nach Nietzsche: Die Geschichte eines Begriffes (English)

by Stefan Sorgner

By Prof. Dr. Greg Whitlock on Dr. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner.

In his Menschenwürde nach Nietzsche: Die Geschichte eines Begriffes (Human Dignity according to/after Nietzsche: The History of a Concept), Sorgner conceived a bold plan and executed it remarkably well with noteworthy results. His plan entailed presenting four paradigmatic notions of human dignity; next, presenting Nietzsche’s critical evaluation of the notion of human dignity in relation to the four paradigms; and finally, reflecting on Nietzsche’s criticism in a way that embraced much of it and, consequently, largely rejected the humanist notion of the dignity of man. Sorgner took the additional steps of arguing for a posthumanism to replace the outmoded humanist notion of human dignity, as he had developed it. Each phase of the plan was carried out with care in every detail.

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner is busy with Conference, Symposium, Film Discussion

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is extremely productive. Recently he organized a conference in Dubrovnik, he is participating in an analysis of the film “Mensch 2.0 - Die Evolution in unsure Hand” and his most recent monograph is the subject of a symposium organized by the Nietzsche Forum in Munich.

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Was Nietzsche a Transhumanist?

Debate is academically steaming on whether or not Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche’s philosophy specifically represents… Transhumanism. The topic was initiated by IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner, who wrote his original article, “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism”  in the Journal of Evolution and Technology.

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Beyond Humanism: Reflections on Trans- and Posthumanism

by Stefan Sorgner

I am focusing here on the main counterarguments that were raised against a thesis I put forward in my article “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” (2009), namely that significant similarities can be found on a fundamental level between the concept of the posthuman, as put forward by some transhumanists, and Nietzsche’s concept of the overhuman. The articles with the counterarguments were published in the recent “Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms” issue of The Journal of Evolution and Technology (January-July 2010). As several commentators referred to identical issues, I decided that it would be appropriate not to respond to each of the articles individually, but to focus on the central arguments and to deal with the counterarguments mentioned in the various replies. I am concerned with each topic in a separate section. The sections are entitled as follows: 1. Technology and evolution; 2. Overcoming nihilism; 3. Politics and liberalism; 4. Utilitarianism or virtue ethics?; 5. The good Life; 6. Creativity and the will to power; 7. Immortality and longevity; 8. Logocentrism; 9. The Third Reich. When dealing with the various topics, I am not merely responding to counterarguments; I also raise questions concerning transhumanism and put forward my own views concerning some of the questions I am dealing with.

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Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism

by Stefan Sorgner

Bostrom rejects Nietzsche as an ancestor of the transhumanist movement, as he claims that there were merely some “surface-level similarities with the Nietzschean vision” (Bostrom 2005a, 4). In contrast to Bostrom, I think that significant similarities between the posthuman and the overhuman can be found on a fundamental level. In addition, it seems to me that Nietzsche explained the relevance of the overhuman by referring to a dimension which seems to be lacking in transhumanism. In order to explain my position, I will progress as follows. First, I will compare the concept of the posthuman to that of Nietzsche’s overhuman,  focusing more on their similarities than their differences. Second, I will contextualise the overhuman in Nietzsche’s general vision, so that I can point out which dimension seems to me to be lacking in transhumanist thought.

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