An emerging group of theories detailing what it means for humanity to take on different forms, whether conceptually, physically, or existentially, is widely labeled posthumanism. Yet these theories are often incongruent, if not altogether contradictory because there is wide conjecture about what lies beyond or after humanity in its current form. As a cultural theory, posthumanism’s theoretical framework may take on wide hermeneutical variants, while technological posthumanism may posit the transition of humanity to something akin to a computer-like being. What these alternative views have in common is the position of the human—in its physical, emotional, spiritual, and existential dimensions—in contrast to what is not human, broadly construed as nature.

The scope and extent of what may be said about posthumanism is cause for debate in ...

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