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Reified Life: Speculative Capital and the Ahuman Condition

J. Paul Narkunas

Abstract

Reified Life: Speculative Capital and the Ahuman Condition addresses the most pressing political question of the 21st century: what forms of life are free and what forms are perceived legally and economically as surplus or expendable, human and otherwise. Reified Life theorizes the dangerous social implications of a posthuman future, whereby human agency is secondary to algorithmic processes, digital protocols, speculative financial instruments, and nonhuman market and technological forces. Narkunas contends that it is premature to speak of a posthuman or inhuman future, or employ an ‘ism, giv ... More

Keywords: Ahumans, Bioengineering, Financial capital, Humanitarianism, Human Rights, Neoliberalism, Posthuman, Reification, Speculative Literature, Translation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823280308
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823280308.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Paul Narkunas, author
John Jay College of Criminal Justice