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Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review

Volume 8, Issue 1, 2017

T. Botz-Bornstein
Pages 37-61
DOI: 10.5840/asrr201751134

How Would You Dress in Utopia? Raëlism and the Aesthetics of Genes
A Philosophical Analysis

According to Claude Vorilhon (Raël), the Elohim do not effectuate miracles but are “designers” who have advanced knowledge in genetics. I approach the politics of the genetic body as it is conceived in Raëlism via a discussion on aesthetics. A genetically constructed body collides with a category that has been central to the Western aesthetic tradition: style. The Raëlian Movement has created the concept of an “artificial world beyond nature” where human existence is limited to the aistetikos. Certain premises regarding style and fashion become manifest through the way in which Raëlism connects genes with the question of style. In Raëlism, positivism overcomes nature as well as the restraining power of civilization and creates a new posthuman world. While Western thought has attempted to spell out reasonable links between the natural and the artificial, for Raëlians everything is artificial, which asks for a revision of aesthetics.