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Time of Kutyrev: The owl of Minerva takes its flight at the last dusk

Journal: The Digital Scholar: Philosopher’s Lab (Vol.2, No. 2)

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Page : 154-161

Keywords : being; non-being; technogenic civilization; transhumanism; post-human; beyondhuman; human; philosophy; catastrophe; posttechnogenic civilization;

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The article continues the philosophical discussion on the recent significant work by Vladimir Kutyrev. In his critical analysis of it, Vadim Rozin accepts the key points of V. Kutyrev's book and scholarship, such as the concepts of “being”, “non-being”, “negative consequences of scientific and technological development”, “philosophical discourse”; still, the conclusions are denied. The understanding of “being” and “non-being” by V. Kutyrev comes in line with Parmenides' ontological discovery and M. Heidegger's criticism of metaphysics. The novelty of V. Kutyrev's ideas relates to the situation in which contemporary scientific and technical changes maintains the possibility of post-human and beyond-human transformations along with a possible termination of human history. Parmenides' abstract «being» is transforming into “otherness” of post-humanity and artificial intelligence superseding human beings. “Negative consequences of scientific and technical development” is a form of transition of technogenic civilization into a posthuman existence. Hardly anybody is able to know the future – yet, the transition from human to posthuman seems to be getting more pronounced. Obviously, we have to reconsider all philosophy starting with Thales for its connection to human being or nonbeing. Classical rational strategies of philosophical discourse should be supplemented with nonclassical ones. An essayistic and even artistic character of V. Kutyrev's scholarship appears a worthy example of such reconsideration. To my mind, his recent book once again confirms his status as a leading philosopher in the field of understanding and solving the crucial issue of modern humanity: to be or not to be?

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