Volume 12 · Number 3 · Pages 328–330
De-Essentializing Human Nature: Truths of the Posthuman Spirit

Edgar Landgraf

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Open peer commentary on the article “Audience and Eigenform: Cybersemiotic Epistemology and the “Truth of the Human Spirit” in Performance” by Tom Scholte. Upshot: Adopting a posthumanist perspective, this commentary understands realism in theatre and film as a semiotechnique that helps establish and promote notions of normative subjectivity and “the human.” It suggests that the bio-constructivist view does not escape the social constructedness of the category of “the human,” and that the ethical conclusions Scholte draws need to include a critique of liberal approaches that extend the political and cultural hegemonies of the humanist tradition.


Landgraf E. (2017) De-essentializing human nature: Truths of the posthuman spirit. Constructivist Foundations 12(3): 328–330. http://constructivist.info/12/3/328

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