Virtual Immortality – God, Evolution, and the Singularity in Post- and Transhumanism

In recent years, ideas of post- and transhumanism have been popularized by novels, TV series, and Hollywood movies. According to this radical perspective, humankind and all biological life have become obsolete. Traditional forms of life are inefficient at processing information and inept at crossing the high frontier: outer space. While humankind can expect to be replaced by their own artificial progeny, posthumanists assume that they will become an immortal part of a transcendent superintelligence. Krüger's award-winning study examines the historical and philosophical context of these futuristic promises by Ray Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, Frank Tipler, and other posthumanist thinkers.

Endorsements
»Speculation about ›the end of the human being‹ and questions about human survival on this planet have been constantly gaining ground since the turn of the millennium. In his masterful analysis, Oliver Krüger introduces the reader to a huge field of research that has gone largely unnoticed by scholars of religion and culture. Written in a highly accessible style, this book is a must-read for everyone interested in the links between technology, virtuality, media, and humanity's future.«
(Kocku von Stuckrad, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands)

»Virtual Immortality offers a thorough and detailed exploration of how embedded and in-bodied technological innovations continue to stretch our ideas of what the limits of being human in the 21st century truly are. Krüger provides a useful who's who of key thinkers defining and pushing the boundaries of posthuman thought and existence.«
(Heidi A. Campbell, Professor of Communication & Presidential Impact Fellow, Texas A&M University)

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 10
  3. Foreword to the English Edition

    Seiten 11 - 14
  4. A Who is Who? of Post- and Transhumanism

    Seiten 15 - 18
  5. 1. Virtuality, Media, and Immortality. An Introduction

    Seiten 19 - 26
  6. 2. Virtuality

    Introduction

    Seiten 29 - 31
  7. 2.1 Virtuality and Time

    Seiten 31 - 37
  8. 2.2 Virtuality and Space

    Seiten 37 - 40
  9. 2.3 Virtuality and Corporeality

    Seiten 40 - 43
  10. 2.4 Virtuality, Reality, and the Imaginary

    Seiten 43 - 50
  11. 3. Promethean Shame

    3.1 Human Beings and Technology in the Work of Günther Anders

    Seiten 51 - 55
  12. 3.2 Virtuality and Death

    Seiten 55 - 58
  13. 4. Transhumanism

    4.1 Post- and Transhumanism

    Seiten 61 - 62
  14. 4.2 Intellectual Predecessors and the Transhuman

    Seiten 62 - 68
  15. 4.3 Early Transhumanism: Ettinger, FM-2030, Leary

    Seiten 68 - 75
  16. 4.4 The Extropy Institute and the (Vita-)Mores

    Seiten 75 - 78
  17. 4.5 The World Transhumanist Association / humanity+

    Seiten 78 - 82
  18. 4.6 Other Actors and Institutions

    Seiten 82 - 87
  19. 4.7 Religious and Spiritual Transhumanism

    Seiten 87 - 89
  20. 4.8 Conclusion

    Seiten 89 - 90
  21. 5. Technological Posthumanism

    Introduction

    Seiten 91 - 92
  22. 5.1 The Posthuman and Posthumanism

    Seiten 92 - 95
  23. 5.2 The Face of Posthumanism

    Seiten 95 - 105
  24. 5.3 Posthumanism and Art

    Seiten 105 - 114
  25. 6. A History of Technological Posthumanism

    6.1 Writing the "History of the Future"

    Seiten 115 - 118
  26. 6.2 How We Became Posthuman

    Seiten 118 - 158
  27. 6.3 Annihilation or Infinite Progress

    Seiten 158 - 197
  28. 6.4 Singularities

    Seiten 197 - 218
  29. 6.5 Immortality

    Seiten 218 - 260
  30. 6.6 The Transcendental Superintelligence

    Seiten 260 - 276
  31. 6.7 Omega

    Seiten 276 - 290
  32. 7. Virtuality. Immortality in the Age of Digital Media

    Introduction

    Seiten 291 - 292
  33. 7.1 Economy

    Seiten 292 - 296
  34. 7.2 Control and Contingency

    Seiten 297 - 301
  35. 7.3 Secular Progress and Christian Salvation History

    Seiten 301 - 310
  36. 7.4 The End of the Affronts

    Seiten 310 - 314
  37. Appendix

    List of Abbreviations

    Seiten 317 - 318
  38. Bibliography

    Seiten 319 - 347
  39. Index of Names

    Seiten 348 - 356
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Author(s)
Oliver Krüger
Book title
Virtual Immortality – God, Evolution, and the Singularity in Post- and Transhumanism
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
356
Features
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 1 SW-Abbildung
ISBN
978-3-8376-5059-4
DOI
10.14361/9783839450598
Commodity Group
1541
BIC-Code
JFSR HRA JFC
BISAC-Code
SOC039000 REL000000 SOC022000
THEMA-Code
JBSR QRA JBCC
Release date
22 October 2021
Edition
1
Topics
Religion, Wissenschaft
Readership
Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theology, Artificial Intelligence, Technoscience, Futurology
Keywords/Tags
Posthumanism, Transhumanism, Singularity, Futurology, Immortality, Artificial Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, Frank Tipler, Religion, Science, Sociology of Religion, Religious Studies, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Science, Sociology

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