Printed: 2017-08-23

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies





IEET Link: https://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/pellissier20120423

Was Nietzsche a Transhumanist?




April 24, 2012

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.

The Journal of Evolution and Technology summarily published an issue on the contentious topic, with essays by several scholars:
Russell Blackford Editorial: Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms 
Max More The Overhuman in the Transhuman 
Michael Hauskeller “Nietzsche, the Overhuman and the Posthuman: A Reply to Stefan Sorgner” 
Bill Hibbard Nietzsche’s Overhuman is an Ideal Whereas Posthumans Will be Real 
Russell Blackford (again) Editorial 
Stefan Sorgner Beyond Humanism: Reflections on Trans- and Posthumanism 


Quite recently, this debate was renewed by four Nietzsche scholars, who responded in the journal “The Agonist”:
Keith Ansell Pearson,  The Future is Superhuman: Nietzsche’s Gift
Paul S. Loeb, Nietzsche’s Transhumanism
Babette Babich,  On the “All-too-Human” Dream of Transhumanism

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, Zarathustra 2.0 and Beyond: Further Remarks on the Complex Relationship between Nietzsche and Transhumanism


Readers -  what’s your opinion? All gloves are off!  Insert your two cents in Comments below:


Newsletter: http://ieet.org/mailman/listinfo/ieet-announce

Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
IEET, 35 Harbor Point Blvd, #404, Boston, MA 02125-3242 USA
Email: director@ieet.org
phone: 860-428-1837