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Autobiography, Authenticity, Human, and Posthuman: Eva Hoffman's Lost In Translation


This article contrasts two versions of posthumanism. In one, argued to be in continuity with humanism's own self-critical tradition, metaphysical questions, existential dilemmas, and issues of authentic human existence persist. In the other, dubbed "post-metaphysical," such questions are abandoned. The article uses a literary autobiography, Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation, to demonstrate the importance of keeping posthumanism human.