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The intellectual discovery of human extinction

Subtitle:
Existential risk and the entrance of the future perfect into science
Abstract:

Of late, risks of human extinction (or so-called 'existential risks') have become the target of an emerging field of scientifically serious study. We are now increasingly conversant with increasingly distal and severe futurities. Such a dynamic, of incremental entanglement with futurity, typifies the growing edge of modernity. Yet this dynamic is not itself without a history. Or, we have been being swept up in the future for quite some time now. This thesis attempts to supply the history o...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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