NEW BOOK: Transhumanism and Posthumanism in the Perspective of Biotechnologies. Jana Tomašovičová and Bogumiła Suwara (Editors), Berlin: Logos Verlag Berlin, 2023


The dynamic development of biotechnologies and the deepening knowledge of natural and information sciences expand the possibilities of human modification. In this book, the ideas of transhumanism and posthumanism are analyzed from several philosophical perspectives, examining their overlap with artistic expression. The possible ontological, ethical, and social implications associated with the fulfillment of transhumanist and posthumanist visions are explored, as well as the validity of traditional philosophical concepts under these new conditions. Additionally, the influence of transhumanist and posthumanist ideas on literary, visual, cinematic, and digital art is analyzed, and interpretative possibilities are explored.

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BOOK: The Blurring of Boundaries in Bioscientific Discourse. Jana Tomašovičová (Editor), Berlin: Logos Verlag Berlin, 2021.


New technologies have revealed previously unknown and invisible parts of the human body and made it visible at the molecular level, revealing in turn more detailed structures and arrangements than those which were previously available. In doing so, in many ways they refine, expand, and even completely overturn forms of contemporary knowledge.

This book maps the shifts and blurring of boundaries in contemporary bioscientific discourse. The authors of its chapters trace the shifts of boundaries in terms of the gradual blurring of the validity of established concepts, interpretive frameworks, and standards of judgment, which are analysed from ontological, gnoseological, ethical, and social perspectives. At the same time, they also map the blurring of boundaries in terms of the interdisciplinary crossing of boundaries between various scientific and artistic disciplines. The shifting of boundaries ultimately forms a part of these boundaries’ definition; upon the basis of a rationally guided discussion, these shifts can be guided and corrected so as to avoid any irreversible damage. 

Jana Tomašovičová is a philosopher with a special interest in contemporary philosophy and bioethics. She analyses the impact of biotechnology on traditional social, ethical, and anthropological concepts and their relevance in new conditions. She is an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia. During her bioethics research, she conducted short research stays at the universities of Bonn, Heidelberg, Tübingen, and Zürich.


BOOK: Promises and perils of emerging technologies for human condition: Voices from four postcommunist Central and East European countries. Peter Sýkora (Editor), Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019.


Emerging technologies are defined as fast-growing radically novel technologies with an estimated prominent impact on human society in the future. The ambiguity and uncertainty of emerging technologies at the same time raise techno-optimistic expectations, as well as serious worries about possible unwanted and unpredicted negative consequences following their introduction into wider practice. And because of their radical novelty, emerging technologies also challenge various traditional philosophical and ethical concepts, established risk assessment methods, science and technology governance and policies, science to public communication and practices within and outside the medical domain. The aim of this volume is to present the view of ten authors from four postcommunist Central and East European countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Latvia) on emerging technologies and human enhancement. They analyse the topic from various perspectives: anthropological, ethical, philosophical, ontological, empirical, and legal.


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Odorčák, J.: Perzistencia a identita osoby = Persistence and personal identity. In: Ostium, Vol. 16, No. 1.


Tomašovičová, J.: Relevance of ontological and anthropological concepts in synthetic biology. In: Sýkora, P. (ed.): Promises and perils of emerging technologies for human condition. Voices from four postcommunist Central and East European countries. Berlin: Peter Lang, p. 124-139. ISBN 978-3-631-77512-7.

Tomašovičová, J.: O človeku, myslení a technike. Štúdie k dielu Martina Heideggera = About man, mind and technology. Studies on the work of Martin Heidegger. Trnava: Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave. 148 p. ISBN 978-80-572-0018-5.

Tomašovičová, J.: Data Transformation in Heterotopic Space. In: Suwara, B. – Pisarski, M. (eds.): Remediation: Crossing Discursive Boundaries. Central European Perspective. Berlin: Peter Lang, p. 75-90. ISBN 978-3-631-79504-0.

Takáč, P.: The Current Problems of Lookism. Global bioethics / 21st International conference ethical thinking: Past and present (ETPP 2019 / 21). Prešov: UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Faculty of Arts, University of Prešov.

Sýkora, P.: Promises and perilis of emerging technologies for human condition: Voices from four postcommunist Central and East European countries / Peter Sýkora (2019) - (Editor). 1. edition - Berlin (Germany) : Peter Lang, 2019, ISBN:978-3-631-78310-8

Sýkora, P.: K posthumánnemu človeku prostredníctvom editovania génov pre kognitívne schopnosti = Towards the Posthuman Through the Editing of Genes for Cognitive Capabilities. Filozofia. - ISSN 0046-385X, Vol. 74, No. 7 (2019), p. 511-529.

Sýkora, P.: Germline genome editing and human nature In. Peter Sýkora (ed.): Promises and perilis of emerging technologies for human condition: Voices from four postcommunist Central and East European countries. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019, ISBN:978-3-631-78310-8

Sýkora, P.: Defining Biomedia: On the Importance of Transcoding and Remediation / Sýkora, Peter (2019). In: Remediation: Crossing Discursive Boundaries. Central European Perspective. Bogumila Suwara, Mariusz Pisarski (eds.). - 1. edition - Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019, ISBN 978- 3-631-79504-0, p. 57-72.

Suwara, B. Pisarski, M.: Remediation: Introducing Voices and Discourses from Central Europe. In: Bogumiła Suwara a Mariusz Pisarski (eds.): Remediation: Crossing Discursive Boundaries. Central European Perspective. Bogumiła Suwara a Mariusz Pisarski (eds.) Berlin (Nemecko) : Peter Lang, 2019, ISBN 978-3-631-79504-0, p. 7-15.

Siegel, L.: Limity Rawlsovho prístupu k teórii spravodlivosti v koncepciách Evy F. Kittayovej a Marthy C. Nussbaumovej = Limits of Rawlsian Approach towards the Theory of Justice in Conceptions of Eva F. Kittay and Martha C. Nussbaum. In: Filozofia., 2019, vol. 74, No. 7, ISSN 2585-7061, p. 543-555.

Siegel, L. Technology and disability. The enrichment of human rights. In: Silesian University of Technology Scientific Papers, Organization and Management Scientific paper no. 140, Editor Paulina Kuzior, Gliwice: Wydawnictwo Politechniki Ślaskie, 2019. ISSN 1641-3466, p. 317-325.

Pisarski, M., Szczęsna, E., Kubiński, P.: Strategies for the Creation of Meaning in Digital Art. In: Bogumiła Suwara a Mariusz Pisarski (eds.): Remediation: Crossing Discursive Boundaries. Central European Perspective. Berlin : Peter Lang, 2019, ISBN 978-3-631-79504-O.

Pisarski, M.: The Kardashian moment: hashtag, selfie and the broken Internet. In: Social Communication, Vol. 5, Iss. 2, (2019), p. 53–61.

Odorčák, J.: Transhumanism and immortality. In: Sykora, P. (ed.): Promises and perils of emerging technologies for human condition: Voices from four postcommunist Central and East European countries. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019, p. 65-82. ISBN 978-3-631-77512-7.

Čana, T.: Knowledge of language and a radical scepticism. In: Filozofia i nauka: Studia filozoficzne i interdyscyplinarne. - ISSN 2300-4711. - Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 265-281.

Čana, T.: O metajazykovom odmietnutí zlomyseľného klamára = On Metalinguistic Rejection of the Evil Genius. In: Filozofia, Vol. 74, No. 4, (2019) p. 291-307.


Tomašovičová, J.: Problém autonómie a zodpovednosti v kontexte moderných neurotechnológií = The problem of autonomy and responsibility in the context of modern neurotechnologies. In: Smreková, D. (ed.): Podoby zodpovednosti: filozofické reflexie o aktuálnych spoločenských problémoch. Bratislava: Iris, p. 137-163 ISBN 978-80-8200-030-9.

Tomašovičová, J.: Nové formy života? Filozofické reflexie syntetickej biológie = New Forms of Life? Philosophical Reflections on Synthetic Biology. In: Filozofia, Vol. 73, No. 6, p. 437-448. ISSN 0046-385X.

Takáč, P.: The Architecture of Self. In: Peter Fraňo, Mária Jakúbeková, Peter Takáč (eds.): Loquere II, Trnava: FF UCM, 2018.

Sýkora, P.: Moderný návrat k Aristotelovi: hylomorfné verzus historické esencie = Modern Return to Aristotle: Hylomorphic versus Historical Essences. In: Filozofia, Vol. 73, No. 6. p. 425-436.

Siegel, L.: The problem of social exclusion and the role of a state = Problem społecznego wykluczenia i rola państwa. In: Globalne konteksty poszanowania praw i wolności człowieka : inspiracje teoretyczne i potencjalne rozwiązania. Praca zbiorowa pod redakcją Aleksandry Kuzior. Zabrze: Katedra Stosowanych Nauk Społecznych Wydziału Organizacji i Zarządzania Politechniki Śląskiej, 2018. ISBN 978-83-945539-4-4, p. 123-132.

Rozemenber, A.: Pamäť, rekognícia a osobná identita v klasickej indickej filozofii = Memory, Recognition and Personal Identity in Classical Indian Philosophy. Filozofia 73 (3), 224-234.

Rozemenber, A.: Minulé životy Johna Locka: morálna zodpovednosť a pamäťové kritérium osobnej identity = Past Lives of John Locke: Moral Responsibility and the Memory Criterion of Personal Identity. Filozofia 73 (6), 458-468.

Odorčák, J.: Neuroadministratívné zariadenia a autonómia subjektu = Neuro Administrative Devices and Personal Autonomy. In: Filozofia, 2018, Vol. 73, No. 6, p. 449-457. ISSN 0046-385X.

Bakošová, P.: Znaky realizmu v sociálnom konštruktivizme Willarda Van Ornam Quina. In: Fraňo, P., Jakúbeková, M., Takáč, P. (eds.): Loquere II. Trnava: Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave 2018, p. 24-30.


Tomašovičová, J.: Heterotopias and transformations in art and science. World Literature Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3, p. 3-13. ISSN 1337-9275.

Sýkora, P.: Germline Gene Therapy in the Era of Precise Genome Editing: How Far Should We Go? In: Marta Soniewicka (ed.): The Ethics of Reproductive Genetics: Between Utility, Principles, and Virtues (Philosophy and Medicine) Publisher: Springer.

Sýkora, P., Caplan, A.: The Council of Europe should not reaffirm the ban on germline genome editing in humans, EMBO REPORTS, 18(11), pp. 1871–1872. doi: 10.15252/embr.201745246.

Sýkora, P., Caplan, A.: Germline gene therapy is compatible with human dignity, EMBO REPORTS, 18(12), p. 2086. doi: 10.15252/embr.201745378.

Odorčák, J.: Prezentizmus a prítomný moment = Presentism and the present moment. In: Ostium, Vol. 13, 2017, No.1. ISSN 1336-6556.

Odorčák, J.: Perzistencia a osobný záujem o budúcnosť = Persistence and Self-Interest for the Future. In: Ostium, Vol. 13, 2017, No. 4. ISSN 1336-6556.


Tomašovičová, J.: Pohyb poza hranice: intermediálne a transmediálne vzťahy = Movement behind borders: intermediality and transmediality relations. World Literature Studies, Vol. 8, No. 3, p. 29-39. ISSN 1337-9275.

Odorčák, J.: Prezentizmus a plynutie času = Presentism and the flow of time. In: Ostium, Vol. 12, 2016, No. 4. ISSN 1336-6556.


Odorčák, J.: Kopírovanie zabíja identitu osoby = Copy kills Personal Identity. In: Filozofia, 2015, Vol. 70, No. 5, p. 367-377. ISSN 0046-385X

Tomašovičová, J.: Heideggerova analýza moderného myslenia a biovedecký výskum = Heidegger’s Analysis of Modern Thought and Bio-Scientific Research. Filozofia, Vol. 70, No. 9, p. 703-714. ISSN 0046-385X.

Tomašovičová, J.: Biosocialita: Sociálne dôsledky biovedeckého poznania = Biosociality: Social Consequences of Biosocial Knowledge. Filozofia, Vol. 70, No. 5, p. 356-366. ISSN 0046-385X.

Sýkora, P.: Etika biotechnologických zásahov do ľudského genómu: Argumenty rizikovosti a zničenia ľudskej prirodzenosti =The Ethics of Biotechnological Interventions into Human Genome: Arguments of High Risk and Destroying Human Nature. Filozofia Vol.70, No.5, p. 329-342.

Rozemenber, A.: Astronautka Astrid a jej úbohá mačka = Astronaut Astrid and her poor cat. Kraków: Towarzystwo Slowaków v Polsce.


Tomašovičová, J.: Heideggers Humanismuskritik und der gegenwärtige Transhumanismus = Heideggers criticism of humanism and the contemporary transhumanism. In: The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology 2013: Person – Subject – Organism: An Overview of Interdisciplinary Insights / Editor-In-Chief Anton Vydra. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2014, p. 139-156. ISSN 2198-8595.

Tomašovičová, J.: Život v zóne biomoci. Etický a biopolitický diskurz o transhumanizme = Life in the Zone of Biopower: Ethical and Biopolitical Dis-courses on Transhumanism. Filozofia, Vol. 69, No. 6, p. 461-471. ISSN 0046-385X.

Rozemenber, A.: Dar tela v bráhmanskej etike a jeho súčasné podoby = The Gift of the Body in Brahminical Ethics and Its Contemporary Forms. Filozofia 69 (6), 536-542.

Odorčák, J.: Hĺbková mozgová stimulácia, identita a perdurantizmus = Deep Brain Stimulation, Identity, Perdurantism. In: Filozofia, 2014, Vol. 69, No. 6, p. 472-481. ISSN 0046-385X


Čana, T.: Wittgenstein on epistemological status of logic. In: Filozofia. - ISSN 0046-385X. - Vol. 68, No. 4 (2013), p. 309-318.


Tomašovičová, J.: Existential analytics and the social sciences. In: ŠAJDA, P. et al.: Affectivity, agency and intersubjectivity. Budapest: L´Harmattan, p. 96-110. ISBN 978-963-236-587-9.

Rozemenber, A.: Oceán štedrosti = Ocean of generosity. Kraków: Towarzystwo Slowaków v Polsce.

Odorčák, J.: Realizmus, perdurantizmus a jeho praktické dôsledky = Realism, Perdurantism and Practical Consequences. In: Filozofia, 2012, Vol. 67, No. 5, p. 375-386. ISSN 0046-385X


Rozemenber, A.: Dána-dharma: Zákon daru = Dana-dharma: The law of gift. In: Sýkora, P. (ed.): Altruizmus, reciprocita a solidarita. Trnava: Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave. Centrum pre bioetiku, 114-164.


Odorčák, J.: Kritika transhumanistickej kritiky Friedricha Nietzscheho = A Critique of the Transhumanist Critique of Friedrich Nietzsche. In: Filozofia, 2010, Vol. 65, No. 6, p. 552-556. ISSN 0046-385X

Odorčák, J.: Identita, konštitúcia a perzistencia = Identity, constitution and persistence. In: Volek, Peter et al. (eds.): Problém identity osoby v stredovekej a súčasnej analytickej filozofii, Ružomverok: Verbum, 2010.

Jemelka, P., Lesňák, S., Rozemberg, A.: Environmentalizmus a slovenská filozofia = Environmentalism and Slovak philosophy. Trnava: Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave.

Čana, T.: The later Wittgenstein on logical rules. In: Filosofický časopis: Studie k filosofii Ludwiga Wittgensteina. - ISBN 978-80-7007-339-1. - ISSN 0015-1831. - mimoriadne No. 2 , p. 63-83.


Sýkora, P.: Ontológia šera: Filozofická esej o spore realizmu s antirealizmom = Twilight ontology: A philosophical essay on the dispute between realism and antirealism. Pusté Úľany: Schola Philosopica 2008, 285 pages, ISBN 978-80-969823-2-5.