Zarathustra and Transhumanism: Man is Something to Be Overcome
AbstractIn Sorgner's 2009 paper "Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism", he argues, contra Bostrom, that the transhumanist movement's postman is fundamentally similar to Nietzsche's overman. In this paper, Sorgner's thesis is challenged. It is argued that transhumanism, as presented both popularly and academically, is fundamentally incompatible with Nietzsche's overman, as presented in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. This argument focuses on three significant characteristics's of Zarathustra's description of the overman: the role of earthly existence, immortality, and the rejection of collective values.
“Nietzsche, the Overman, and Transhumanism”, Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, Journal of Evolution and Technology, Vol. 20, Iss. 1, Mar 2009, reproduced at http://jetpress.org/v20/sorgner.htm
“Transhumanist Values”, Nick Bostrom, Review of Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. 4, May 2005, reproduced at https://nickbostrom.com/ethics/values.pdf
Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche, ed. George Stade, trans. Clancy Martin, (Barnes & Noble Books: New York, New York), 2005
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