Janicaud's death in 2002 has done little to reduce his influence, and this lively volume will certainly not turn down the volume. Janicaud regards the "posthuman" future and considers whether it will also be inhuman, concluding that although talking of apocalypse is fruitless, so is falling back on conservative humanism or withdrawing from technology. In four concise chapters Janicaud wonders whether humanism is the last resort, analyses the danger of monsters, assesses risks, and traces links between the superhuman and the inhuman, covering such topics as genetic engineering, the thought of Primo Levi, the Frankenstein myth, and the need for eternal vigilance against the inhuman. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Dominique Janicaud was one of the French philosophers most attentive to contemporary realities and their origins, without ever forfeiting conceptual rigour.