By Ann Weinstone
Otherness, alterity, the alien-over the process the previous fifty years many people have dependent our hopes for extra moral relationships on innovations of distinction. Combining philosophy, literary feedback, fiction, autobiography, and genuine and imagined correspondence, Ann Weinstone proposes that purely after we cease ordering the opposite to be other-whether technological, animal, or just inanimate-will we really develop into posthuman.
Posthumanism has to date centred approximately completely on human-technology kin. Avatar our bodies develops a posthumanist vocabulary for human-to-human relationships that turns our capacities for devotion, character, and enjoyment. Drawing on either the philosophies and practices of Indian Tantra, Weinstone argues for the impossibility of absolute otherness; we're all avatar our bodies, inclusive of undecidably shared gestures, abilities, stories, sensations, ideals, and impacts.
Weinstone calls her publication a "tantra"-by which she potential a collection of directions for practices geared toward sensitizing the reader to the inherent permeability of self to different, self to global. This tantra for posthumanism elaborates devotional gestures that may reveal us to extra unfettered contacts and the transformative contact.
Ann Weinstone is assistant professor of literature and new media at Northwestern college and the winner of the 1994 Chelsea Award for Fiction.