The goldfish syndrome. Human nature and the posthuman myth

Autor:Luca Valera - Vittoradolfo Tambone
Cargo:Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Practice, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Páginas:353-366
RESUMEN

Posthumanism is a myth. This does not mean to say that it constitutes a narrative devoid of any foundation, inspired by mere fantasy, far from it. The myth, as shown by Ries, Eliade and Lévi-Strauss on several occasions, is based on something real and true, and appeals to conceptual structures that keep it away from a mere scientific report: having had to do with the essence of things, it does... (ver resumen completo)

 
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LUCA VALERA AND VITTORADOLFO TAMBONE THE GOLDFISH SYNDROME. HUMAN NATURE AND THE POSTHUMAN MYTH
CUADERNOS DE BIOÉTICA XXV 2014/3ª
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Cuadernos de Bioética XXV 2014/3ª
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THE GOLDFISH SYNDROME. HUMAN NATURE AND
THE POSTHUMAN MYTH
EL SÍNDROME DEL PEZ ROJO. NATURALEZA HUMANA Y EL MITO
POSTUMANO
LUCA VALERA*
VITTORADOLFO TAMBONE**
Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Practice
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Via Alvaro del Portillo, 21, 00128 Roma
* l.valera@unicampus.it; ** v.tambone@unicampus.it
ABSTRACT:
Posthumanism is a myth. This does not mean to say that it constitutes a narrative devoid of any foun-
dation, inspired by mere fantasy, far from it. The myth, as shown by Ries, Eliade and Lévi-Strauss on several
occasions, is based on something real and true, and appeals to conceptual structures that keep it away
from a mere scientific report: having had to do with the essence of things, it does not even have a purpose
of classification in a given place or time. In this sense, the posthuman myth lives outside of time and out of
the common space of existence, or perhaps, it lives in its own time and in its own space. Just like the myth,
posthumanism lives in consciousness: to prove this assumption, we will discuss in greater depth the spatial
and temporal coordinates of posthumanism, as well as its cosmological and anthropological point of view.
Once demonstrated its mythical essence, it will therefore be easier to remember how the posthuman myth
– despite intending to present itself as a radically innovative and progressive thought – makes no more
than re-emerge some coordinates that have always been present in the history of philosophy.
RESUMEN:
El posthumanismo es un mito. Con esto no se quiere decir que ello constituya una narración carente
de fundamento, inspirada en la mera imaginación, para nada. El mito, como muestran Ries, Eliade y Lévi-
Strauss en varias ocasiones, se basa en algo real, y reclama a estructuras conceptuales, que lo distancian
de los meros informes científicos: puesto que tiene que ver con la esencia misma de las cosas, no tiene
ambiciones de marco histórico o espacial. En este sentido el mito posthumano vive fuera del tiempo y del
espacio común de la existencia, o tal vez sería mejor decir que vive en su propio tiempo y en su propio
espacio. Al igual que el mito, el posthumano vive en la conciencia: para demostrar esta hipótesis vamos a
discutir más a fondo las coordenadas espaciales y temporales del posthumano y su visión antropológica y
cosmológica. Una vez comprobado su esencia mítica será fácil de recordar cómo el mito posthumano, no
obstante quiera proponerse a sí mismo como una idea radicalmente innovadora y progresista, sólo hace
emerger de nuevo algunas coordenadas presentes desde siempre en la historia del pensamiento.
Keywords:
Posthumanism,
myth, space and
time, identity,
extensionism.
Palabras clave:
Posthumanismo,
mito, espacio y
tiempo, identidad,
extensionismo.
Recibido: 18/10/2013
Aceptado: 04/06/2014

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