Philosophy of Humanism, Transhumanism and Post-Humanism

21 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2016

Date Written: April 9, 2016


In this paper I cover humanism, transhumanism and post-humanism. We are at a crossroad, whereby technology maybe redefining what it means to be human. For example, humans have not evolved much physically since the last 500,000 years. Yes, it is true that physical characteristics have changed, e.g., height and bone density; but these changes are minuscule compared to the radical changes waiting for us. We are now experiencing radical augmentations that eliminates physical defects. Such augmentation in prosthetics, hearing aids, and advances in augmented sight are beginning to be more common.

Keywords: Humanism, Transhumanism, Post-Humanism, Singularity, Artificial Intelligence

JEL Classification: Z00, Z1, Z10, B3, B30, B31, H00, J00, K00, N00, P00

Suggested Citation

Cottrell, Paul, Philosophy of Humanism, Transhumanism and Post-Humanism (April 9, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Paul Cottrell (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

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