Beauty, Nature and Artifact. The utopias of the post-natural body

Keywords: Baudrillard, Corporality, Aestethics, Social Ethics, Technology

Abstract

The article analyzes the consequences of the artificialisation of the body, when one pursues the absolute beauty or the perfect health, in the attempt to overcome the limits of human nature. On the one hand, the body gradually loses its symbolic and sacral character turning into an object of consumption and technical manipulation. On the other hand, life itself becomes a perennial risk, without the possibility of a balanced relationship with itself, with others and with the world. Only the ability to accept the unexpected and uncontrollable can allow us to reconcile the legitimate pursuit of beauty and health with the inevitable imperfection that always accompanies the human.

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Published
15/01/2018