This book offers a social, political, and aesthetic critique of transhumanism and of the accelerating growth of scientific knowledge generally. Rather than improving our lives, science and technology today increasingly leave us debilitated and infantilized. It is time to restrain the runaway ambitions of technoscientific knowledge.

The transhumanist goal of human enhancement encapsulates a range of dangerous social pathologies. Like transhumanism itself, these pathologies are rooted in, or in reaction to, the ethos of ‘more’. It’s a cultural love affair with excess, which is prompted by the libertarian standards of our cultural productions. But the attempt to live at the speed of an electron is destined for failure.

In response, the author offers a naturalistic account of human flourishing where we attend to the natural rhythms of life. The interdisciplinary orientation of Transhumanism, Nature, and the Ends of Science makes it relevant to scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines, including social and political philosophy, philosophy of technology, science and technology studies, environmental studies, and public policy.

chapter |4 pages

The Bones of the Argument

chapter 1|14 pages

The Tool of Our Tools

chapter 2|20 pages

Beyond the Human Condition

chapter 3|16 pages

Life in the Transition

part Excursus I|41 pages

The Practice of Philosophy in the 21st Century

chapter 4|21 pages

Aging Boys Will Be the Death of Us

chapter 5|16 pages

Science as Pharmakon

part Excursus II|57 pages

Philosophy, Rhetoric, Policy

chapter 6|17 pages

Meaning and Mortality

chapter 7|17 pages

Envisioning a Medium-Sized Catastrophe

chapter 8|17 pages

The Consolations of Geology