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Pornography in Transhumanism – Towards a Sexuality of Singularity

Aura-Elena Schussler ()
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Aura-Elena Schussler: Associate Lecturer PhD, Departament of Philosophy, Faculty of History and Philosophy, “Babes-Bolyai” University, 1 Mihail Kogalniceanu Street, Cluj-Napoca, 400084, Romania

Postmodern Openings, 2017, vol. 8, issue 1, 41-56

Abstract: The principles of extropy, supported by Max More, which are the foundation of transhumanist philosophy, are increasingly more often found in the individual’s incidence space, through the effects of the augmentation, technologization and artificialization of sexuality, through pornography. Here, pornography leads to a deterritorialization of the natural regions of sex and to a reterritorialization of artificial and technologized pornography into a simulacrum of sexuality. The general objective follows the operating mechanism, together with the possible effects/benefits of a situation where we are talking about sexuality/pornography within the limits of singularity, starting from Ray Kurzweil’s theories. That is where sexuality in pornography transitions from the physiological and natural paradigm, to the artificial paradigm of neural implants or nanobots. The theoretical objective is aimed at analyzing the shift of paradigm (in the sexual field) from the humanist man to the transhumanist individual, involving the Nietzschean argument of the Overman. With the purpose of emphasizing the often-ignored importance of technology’s imminence into the life of human nature, resulting in the death of metaphysics and, in this situation, to human sexuality being reduced to functionalism. The methodology used is the argumentation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s and René Descartes’ philosophy, of Ray Kurzweil’s theories, of Gilles Deleuze’s deconstruction, together with the principles of Max More’s extropianism.

Keywords: sexuality; pornography; transhumanism; singularity; extropy. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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