August 1, 2021

“Les Presque-Humains”, by Thierry Hoquet

Zombies, cyborgs, androïdes, symbiotes, clones… These strange creatures have invaded our world. Our fictions, in any case. But what do they have in common? All these beings are “Almost human”, answers the philosopher Thierry hiccup : a little less, a little more, a little different, a little beyond or below human. Because they resemble us while introducing a disturbing difference, these characters question the floating contours of our humanity. And provoke in us a mixture of fascination and repulsion. Hiccup’s work (Almost Humans, Threshold, 2021) proposes a fascinating journey through our contemporary imagination and the figures that haunt it.

The Almost Humans. Mutants, cyborgs, robots, zombies … and us, by Thierry Hoquet, was published by Editions du Seuil, coll. The Philosophical Order. 392 p., € 24.50, Available here.


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