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Marius Turda

Dr. Marius Turda is Reader in Central and Eastern European Biomedicine, Oxford Brookes University, and Director of the Cantemir Institute, at the University of Oxford. His current areas of research are mainly history of ideas and medicine, with a particular focus on eugenics, biopolitics, and race.

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Marius Turda (Ed.)

Crafting Humans

From Genesis to Eugenics and Beyond

1. Edition 2013
197 pages
ISBN 978-3-8471-0059-1
V&R unipress

Reflections on (In)Humanity. - Volume 005, Part

50,00 €

‘Crafting humans’ – and its corollary human enhancement – is a contested topic, both in medical sciences and the humanities. With continuing advances in science and technology, scientists and the general public alike are aware that the basic foundations of the human condition are now at stake. This volume contributes to this growing body of work. It offers insights into some of the reflections and imaginaries that have inspired and legitimated both theoretical and practical programmes for ‘crafting’ humans, ranging from the religious/spiritualist and the philosophical/cultural to the secular and the scientific/scientistic; from the religious and mystical quest for human perfection to the biopolitical eugenic state of the twentieth century, and current theories of human enhancement. This volume discusses these topics in a synchronized way, as interrelated variants of the most central story in history, that of human perfectibility.

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