How to Become a Post-Dog: Animals in Transhumanism
Between the Species
Philosophy Department and Digital Commons at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
This paper analyses and deconstructs the transhumanist commitment to animal rights and the well-being of all sentient beings. Some transhumanists have argued that such a commitment entails a moral imperative to help non-human animals overcome their biological limitations by enhancing their cognitive abilities and generally “uplifting” them to a more human-like existence. I argue that the transhumanist approach to animal welfare ultimately aims at the destruction of the animal as an animal. By seeking to make animals more like us the freedom to live their life as the kind of creature they are is being denied to them. It is an attempt to tame the beast, to make it less alien and more acceptable to us, thus reaffirming the myth of human superiority.
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This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from California Polytechnic State University via the URL in this record.
Vol. 20: Iss. 1, Article 2, pp. 25-37