Thomas Fuchs

Defence of Humanity - Fundamental Questions of an Embodied Anthropology

(German title: Verteidigung des Menschen)
ca. 331 pages
Thomas Fuchs

Thomas Fuchs

Thomas Fuchs is Karl-Jaspers-Professor for Philosophical Principles in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg.


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With the advancements of artificial intelligence, the digitalisation of the lived-in world and the reduction of the mind to neuronal processes humans seem more and more like a product of data and algorithms.

We understand ourselves through the image of our machines, while on the other hand we raise our machines and our brains to the status of new subjects. Philosopher and psychiatrist Thomas Fuchs opposes a humanism of embodiment to this self-objectification of humanity: Our corporeity, aliveness and embodied freedom are the foundations of a self-determined existence that only uses the new technologies as a resource instead of subjecting itself to it.


»... very plausible and the cultural-theoretical sober-mindedness, which refrains from speculation, in particular encourage readers to keep pondering.« Mark Siemons, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Fuchs makes knowledgeable and clear arguments against the faults of a scientistic world view that posits a simple input-output logic for our brain.« Marlen Hobrack, taz. die tageszeitung