Debashish Banerji, PhD, is Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and Chairman of the East West Psychology Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is author of Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo and also The Alternatate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore, a book about his great grandfather. He edited an anthology about his great uncle, Rabindranath Tagore in the Twenty-First Century. His newest anthology is titled Critical Posthumanism and Planetary Futures.
Here he explains that posthumanism is a cultural movement that offers a critical appraisal of both enlightenment humanism and transhumanism. It is aligned with post-colonialism in its emphasis on indigenous spiritual traditions. It expresses concern that the over-emphasis on the human capacity for rational thought leads to the marginalization of other human capacities.
(Recorded on May 22, 2019)
Published on June 2, 2019