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Postphenomenology in the military context : a way forward in the human enhancement debate

Fries, C.J. (2019) Postphenomenology in the military context : a way forward in the human enhancement debate.

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Abstract:The debate on human enhancement between the bioconservatists and the transhumanists is in a stalemate. It is currently stuck on the question of whether the human being remains human after enhancements. Postphenomenology provides a way to take the discussion forward. It does this to gain new insight into the overall debate on human enhancement technologies. The main question is: How can postphenomenology, in a military context, provide a way forward in the human enhancement debate? The discussion between the two parties is based mostly on the metaphysical question of what defines the human being, and whether or not the human remains human when they enhance themselves. By stating that postphenomenology dissolves this metaphysical debate, as the human being can already be considered a cyborg, means that the human is something that is continuously in development. This dissolvement opens up the way to focus solely on the practical issues of human enhancement technologies. The military context, and especially the soldier, make for a more explicit and more convincing argument of seeing the human as a cyborg. In the military, there is an abundance of human enhancement technologies, which makes the military context an exciting place to analyze human enhancement technologies.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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