Rosi Braidotti - The Posthuman - Polity Press, Uk, 19 April 2013

The Posthuman offers both an introduction and major contribution to contemporary debates on the posthuman. Digital ′second life′, genetically modified food, advanced prosthetics, robotics and reproductive technologies are familiar facets of our globally linked and technologically mediated societies. This has blurred the traditional distinction between the human and its others, exposing the non–naturalistic structure of the human. The Posthuman starts by exploring the extent to which a post–humanist move displaces the traditional humanistic unity of the subject. Rather than perceiving this situation as a loss of cognitive and moral self–mastery, Braidotti argues that the posthuman helps us make sense of our flexible and multiple identities. Braidotti then analyzes the escalating effects of post–anthropocentric thought, which encompass not only other species, but also the sustainability of our planet as a whole. Because contemporary market economies profit from the control and commodification of all that lives, they result in hybridization, erasing categorical distinctions between the human and other species, seeds, plants, animals and bacteria. These dislocations induced by globalized cultures and economies enable a critique of anthropocentrism, but how reliable are they as indicators of a sustainable future? The Posthuman concludes by considering the implications of these shifts for the institutional practice of the humanities. Braidotti outlines new forms of cosmopolitan neo–humanism that emerge from the spectrum of post–colonial and race studies, as well as gender analysis and environmentalism. The challenge of the posthuman condition consists in seizing the opportunities for new social bonding and community building, while pursuing sustainability and empowerment.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Post-humanism: Life beyond the Self.
Chapter Two: Post-anthropocentrism: Life beyond the Species.
Chapter Three: The Inhuman: Life beyond Death. 
Chapter Four: Posthuman Humanities; Life beyond Theory. 


'This is an exciting and important text, full of intellectual brilliance and insight. It will make a major mark.'
Henrietta L. Moore, University of Cambridge

'Braidotti's exhilarating survey of the constellation of posthumanity is lucid, learned and provocative. It will be an essential point of reference in future debates about the central philosophical problem of our age.'
Paul Gilroy, King’s College London

'Debates over humanism and post-humanism have been fought over from feminist philosophy to literary theory and post-colonial studies. This latest work by Rosi Braidotti presents us with a clear-headed glimpse of some of the hard choices we have before us. Braidotti knows the philosophy, cares about the politics, and empathizes with those who have been shoved aside in these brutal last hundred years. She shows us how feminism, technoscientific infrastructure and political strands cross, sometimes with sparks.'
Peter Galison, Harvard University

Rosi Braidotti is a distinguished university professor at Utrecht University and founding director of the Centre for the Humanities.
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P:S: Professor Rosi Braidotti will present her new book "The Posthuman" (Polity Press, 2013) during an official launch event that will take place on 23rd May at London Review Bookshop, London.