The inhuman is a curious topic of conversation, perhaps even an offensive one. We are raised in the humanist legacy of the renaissance and we are taught to value not only human life but also ‘humanity’ in others. The philanthrope, the greek root of which means ‘friend of man’, is the prototype of a moral consciousness appropriate to the humanist ideal.
What, then, does it mean to live in a world where the humanist ideal no longer holds? What would an alternate value system be to humanism? What does the inhuman mean and how does it manifest itself?