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Ms. Trijsje Franssen

Research Student


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After having completed my BAs in Spanish and Philosophy (both cum laude) I obtained my Research Master’s degree in Philosophy (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam. In my Master’s thesis I critically examined Heidegger's concept of Dasein by applying it to the ‘neohuman’ (or clone) in Michel Houellebecq’s science-fiction novel The Possibility of an Island (2005). During my Master’s I completed an internship at the editorial office of the philosophical monthly Filosofie Magazine. After graduating, I worked as a part-time tutor at the University of Amsterdam, teaching modules in sociology of the arts, philosophy of culture and 19th/20th century philosophy.


Book Chapters

Franssen, T. M. 'Performer or Transformer? Prometheus and "Posthumanism"' In: R. Ranisch, S. Sorgner (eds), Beyond Humanism: Trans- and Posthumanism. Vol. 1: Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction. Frankfurt: Peter Lang (forthcoming). Franssen, T. M. 'Prometheus Descends: Disabled or Enhanced?' In: M. Eilers, K. Grüber, C. Rehmann-Sutter (eds), New Bodies for a Better Life? Views on the Human Enhancement Debate from Anthropology and Disability Studies. Durham: Duke University Press (forthcoming). Franssen, T. M. 'Prometheus on Dope: A Natural Aim for Improvement or a Hubristic Drive to Mastery?' In: J. Tolleneer, S. Sterckx, P. Bonte, (eds), Athletic Enhancement, Human Nature and Ethics. Threats and Opportunities of Doping Technologies. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2012: 105-123.

Franssen, T. M. 'Prometheus steigt herab: Beeinträchtigung oder Enhancement?' In: M. Eilers, K. Grüber, C. Rehmann-Sutter (eds), Verbesserte Körper und das gute Leben. Bioethik, Enhancement und die Disability Studies. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012: 205-227.

Journal Articles

Franssen, T. M., ‘Het einde van de grote verhalen. Nou en…’ In: Filosofie Magazine, 2000, 9(7): 44-47.

Franssen, T. M., ‘De eindeloze herhaling van het lijden’ In: Filosofie Magazine, 2006, 15(2): 30-31.

Book Review

Franssen, T. M., Review of Cary Wolfe, What Is Posthumanism? In: Ethical Perspectives, 2010, 17(4): 684-687.

Conference Presentations

'The Futuristic Ideal: Disabled or Enhanced?', the 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference in Bioethics, The Wellcome Trust, London, 2-4 May 2012.

'Transhumanism: No More Gods... No More Faith?', Conference 'Transforming Human Nature in Science, Technology, and the Arts'. Dublin City University, 21-23 October 2011.

‘Prometheus Redivivus: the Mythological Roots of Posthumanism’, Conference ‘Audiovisual Posthumanism: Aesthetics, Cultural Theory and the Arts’. University of the Aegean, Mytilini, 24 September 2010.

‘Prometheus Descends: Disabled or Enhanced?’ Conference ‘Good Life Better: Anthropological, Sociological and Philosophical Dimensions of Enhancement’. Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies (IMGWF), University of Lübeck, 14 October 2010.

Research Interests

In October 2009 I started my PhD at the University of Exeter under supervision of Professor John Dupré and Professor Michael Hauskeller. The project is funded by a three-year full studentship of the university's College of Social Sciences. My research project concentrates on the role of the ancient myth of Prometheus in today's debate on human enhancement and its relationship to normativity and arguments on human nature. Both advocates and opponents of human enhancement – by means of e.g. genetic engineering – make use of the myth to support their arguments. This way, the myth provides a magnificent viewpoint from which to analyse this debate while, on the other hand, it enables one to reflect upon the particular characteristics that make this myth so special and favoured in the history of philosophy in general.