Anthropos 2.0 – from a pedagogy of objects to the objectification of the human being? Cover Image

Anthropos 2.0 – od pedagogiki rzeczy do urzeczowionego człowieka?
Anthropos 2.0 – from a pedagogy of objects to the objectification of the human being?

Author(s): Markus Lipowicz
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: transhumanism; “human enhancement”; pedagogy of things; perfection; humanistic education; the image of a man

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is presentation, short elaboration and critique of the pedagogical implications of transhumanism. My hypothesis is that it is valid to refer to the crucial postulates of this techno-progressive movement, which is contemporary gaining popularity within the pop culture and academic society, as an attempt to objectify the human being. This process would consist of biotechnological interventions aiming at perfection of the human body, which—as I will try to indicate—would clash with both the basic ideas and assumptions of humanistic education and the conception of pedagogy of things as well. In the first part I will elaborate the crucial transhumanist conception of “human enhancement” and the notion of human perfection. In the second part I will refer these ideas to the fundamental pedagogical images of a man as homo absconditus and homo educandus. The results of my reflections can be perceived as an enunciation of the exigency for establishing a broad pedagogical debate on the possibilities and dangers deriving from transhumanism, since even a partial realization of its postulates could eventually lead to a breakdown of crucial principles of educational praxis.

  • Issue Year: 6/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 74-90
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish