3. Why I Want to be a Posthuman When I Grow Up

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Nick Bostrom

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch3

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Bostrom, N. (2013) Why I Want to be a Posthuman When I Grow Up, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • cognition;
  • commitments;
  • emotion;
  • healthspan;
  • human being;
  • personal identity;
  • posthuman;
  • ways of life

Summary

The author defines a posthuman as a human being that has at least one posthuman capacity. He uses three general central capacities – healthspan, cognition, and emotion – separately for most of this essay. In this essay, he advances two main theses. The first is that some possible posthuman modes of being would be very good. The second thesis is that it could be very good for us to become posthuman. Then, this essay concerns three reasons one might have for doubting that it could be good for us to become posthuman: personal identity, specific commitments to people or projects, and ways of life. Finally, this essay considers two different candidate ideas of what a human “telos” might be.