1 Institute of Philosophy at the University of Zielona Góra (Zielona Gora, Poland)
Received: 29 November 2020 / Accepted: 2 January 2021 / Published: 29 January 2021
The article shows how the latest reflection within philosophical posthumanism can be applied to the analysis of science fiction works. The concepts of Francesca Fernando and Rosi Braidotti serve as a theoretical basis here, allowing us to look differently at the possible spectrum of life forms in cosmic space and the consequences of human and posthuman encounters with them. The post-humanist perspective seems to offer the possibility of looking at the future exploration of space and the encounter with extraterrestrial civilizations in a balanced and anti-dystopian way.
Keywords: posthumanism, transhumanism, science fiction, intelligent life, organic/non-organic life
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