The Story of Humanity and the Challenge of Posthumanity

Simon ZB (2018)
History of the Human Sciences.

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Today’s technological-scientific prospect of posthumanity simultaneously evokes and defies historical understanding. One the one hand, it implies a historical claim of an epochal transformation concerning posthumanity as a new era. On the other, by postulating the birth of a novel, better-than-human subject for this new era, it eliminates the human subject of modern Western historical understanding. In this essay, I attempt to understand posthumanity as measured against the story of humanity as the story of history itself. I examine the fate of humanity as the central subject of history in three consecutive steps: first, by examining how classical philosophies of history achieved the integrity of the greatest historical narrative of history itself through the very invention of humanity as its subject; second, by recounting how this central subject came under heavy criticism by postcolonial and gender studies in the last half-century, targeting the universalism of the story of humanity as the greatest historical narrative of history; and third, by conceptualizing the challenge of posthumanity against both the story of humanity and its criticism. Whereas criticism fragmented history but retained the possibility of smaller-scale narratives, posthumanity does not doubt the feasibility of the story of humanity. Instead, it necessarily invokes humanity, if only in order to be able to claim its supersession by a better-than-human subject. In that, it represents a fundamental challenge to the modern Western historical condition and the very possibility of historical narratives – small-scale or large-scale, fragmented or universal.
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Simon ZB. The Story of Humanity and the Challenge of Posthumanity. History of the Human Sciences. 2018.
Simon, Z. B. (2018). The Story of Humanity and the Challenge of Posthumanity. History of the Human Sciences. doi:10.1177/0952695118779519
Simon, Z. B. (2018). The Story of Humanity and the Challenge of Posthumanity. History of the Human Sciences.
Simon, Z.B., 2018. The Story of Humanity and the Challenge of Posthumanity. History of the Human Sciences.
Z.B. Simon, “The Story of Humanity and the Challenge of Posthumanity”, History of the Human Sciences, 2018.
Simon, Z.B.: The Story of Humanity and the Challenge of Posthumanity. History of the Human Sciences. (2018).
Simon, Zoltán Boldizsár. “The Story of Humanity and the Challenge of Posthumanity”. History of the Human Sciences (2018).

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