Details zu 10.14361/9783839445549-013

Tatjana Petzer
Ageless, Vital, Immortal
Human Transformation in 20th-Century Russian Science and Literature
DOI: 10.14361/9783839445549-013
From the end of the 19th century, experimental biological research and medical engineering have increased their interest in questions of longevity and potential immortality, which raised the issue of human transformation and of the dissolution of the boundaries of life in Eastern as well as Western philosophy and literature. Against the backdrop of this epistemic change and from the perspectives of the history of knowledge and literary anthropology, the paper focuses on positions and concepts of 20th-century Russian scientists and writers, including the immunologist and gerontologist Il'ia Mechnikov (1845-1916), the engineer and writer Andrei Platonov (1899-1951), and the surgeon, cyberneticist, and author Nikolai Amosov (1913-2002).