Sorgner, S. L. (2021). We Have Always Been Cyborgs. Digital Data, Gene Technologies, and an Ethics of Transhumanism


  • Aleksandar Talovic Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)



cyborg, transhumanism, posthumanism, metahumanism, ethics, Big Data, Gene Technologies, enhancement, pluralism, goodness


One facet of Stefan Lorenz Sorgner’s scholarship is immediately visible in his diligent academic production: the 21st Century is a leading spatio-temporal unit of his analyses. Although such assessment could be considered a rough generalization, it should not be taken for granted. To be placed in the contextual core of the current epoch is of particular relevance with respect to multiple academic trajectories Sorgner navigates and is almost always an achievement rather than an expected, ready-made content. Namely, more often than not, especially in authorship with transhumanist labels, the temporal and conceptual curves are not subtly controlled and fine-tuned into a well-balanced thinking product that contributes to facing the current and potential issues of the relatively near and projectively feasible futures. Such gross asymmetry has various dangerous consequences Sorgner unequivocally warns about, opting deliberately to be an active chronicler of the ‘history of the present’ instead. This approach entails the dismissal of ‘guaranteed’ futurity vectors, be it Christian linearity or Kurzweilian exponentiality, but no less of petrified presentism or conventional historical layers of any inherited anthropology and the specific ethical account it is built upon.




How to Cite

Sorgner, S. L. (2021). We Have Always Been Cyborgs. Digital Data, Gene Technologies, and an Ethics of Transhumanism. (2022). Journal of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, 31(1), 1-4.

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