Rethinking Transhumanism from Zhuangzi's Idea of Harmony between Man and Nature
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Professor Wang Jue reflects on transhumanism through the Confucian idea of harmony between man and nature and proposes from a Confucian perspective that we should supervise the formation of our posthuman future. I agree with this suggestion. Here, I discuss transhumanism using Zhuangzi's idea of “Harmony between Man and Nature” and the concept of immortality. My conclusion is that from Zhuangzi's point of view, it would be wrong to use technology solely to plan and control the future of mankind; however, this does not mean that Zhuangzi is an anti-technologist. I think Zhuangzi's ideas offer limited support for the Confucian suggestion that we should supervise the formation of our post-human future.
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