Steve William Fuller is an American philosopher, sociologist, writer, professor of sociology, founder of Social Epistemology, and author of the book, The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism.
Steve Fuller and Veronika Lipinska's The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) debates the concept of transforming human nature, including such thorny topics as humanity's privilege as a species, our capacity to 'play God', the idea that we might treat our genes as a capital investment, eugenics and what it might mean to be 'human' in the context of risky scientific and technological interventions.John Danaher is a lecturer the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is also the host of the wonderful podcast Philosophical Disquisitions. You can find it here on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Professor Steve Fuller discusses transhumanism, how scientists should approach risk, and what it means to be human in the 21st Century. Steve is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, his most recent work has been concerned with the future of humanity, or 'Humanity 2.0'. During the interview he discussed the ideas of transhumanism and posthumanism and explained the potential directions in which humanity may move. He also argued that we should embrace technological and medical advances, as well as the risks that we may face in their development. -- ON THIS EPISODE -- Humanity 2.0: What it Means to be Human Past, Present and Future Universal Declaration of Human Rights Transhumanism Posthumanism Book of Genesis Jesus The President's Council on Bioethics (PCBE) Leon Kass Wisdom of repugnance Max Planck Friedrich Nietzsche Aubrey de Grey Max More Morphological Freedom Mind Uploading Christology William James The Moral Equivalent of War Francis Fukuyama Nuremberg trials Nick Bostrom Seasteading Peter Thiel Precautionary principle Proactionary principle Henry Ford The Rockefeller Foundation James Watson Existential risk -- CREDITS -- Produced by Futures Podcast Recorded, Mixed & Edited by Luke Robert Mason -- SOCIAL MEDIA -- Twitter: @FuturesPodcast | #FuturesPodcast Instagram: @FuturesPodcast Facebook: @FuturesPodcast -- RECORDING EQUIPMENT -- Zoom H6 Handy Recorder Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Shure SM58 Dynamic Vocal Microphone RØDE Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Microphone RØDE PSM1 Microphone Shock Mount RØDE PSA1 Studio Microphone Boom Arm RØDE DS1 Desktop Microphone Stand
[If you like this blog, consider signing up for the newsletter...]In this episode I talk to Professor Steve Fuller about his sometimes controversial views on transhumanism, religion, science and technology, enhancement and evolution. Steve is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published with Palgrave Macmillan: Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future (2011), Preparing for Life in Humanity 2.0 (2012) and (with Veronika Lipinska) The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (2014). Our conversation focuses primarily on the arguments and ideas found in the last book of the trilogy.You can download the episode here or listen below. You can also subscribe via Stitcher or iTunes (via RSS).Show Notes0:00 - introduction 04:00 - untangling posthumanism and transhumanism via Bostrom, Hayles, Haraway 21:45 - the relationship between theology, science and technology39:50 - theological and libertarian rationales of transhumanism 52:00 - freedom from suffering or a freedom to suffer? – questions of risk, consent and compensation 1:03:40 - the rehabilitation of Eugenics – could it / should it be done? 1:13:50 - Darwinism and the intelligent design debate 1:22:00 - are there limits to transhumanism and enhancement? Homo Sapiens, humanity and morphological freedom 1:28:00 - conclusionRelevant LinksRick Searle - podcast on the Dark Side of Transhumanism (2016) Nick Bostrom - Why I Want To Be a Posthuman When I Grow Up (2008) Donna Haraway - The Cyborg Manifesto (1991) N. Katherine Hayles - How we became Posthuman (1999) Ray Kurzweil - The Singularity is Near (2005) James Hughes - podcast on the Transhumanist Political Project (2016) Zoltan Istvan's Transhumanist Party The Oxford Handbook of the History of EugenicsBostrom & Sandberg - The wisdom of nature: an evolutionary heuristic for human enhancement (2009)   
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Jul 12th, 1959
Warwick, Rhode Island, United States of America
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2 hours, 27 minutes