Jean-Hugues Barthélémy argues for a reading of humanism and Enlightenment that strips them of their scientistic and Eurocentric implications and makes the values of both available for contemporary appropriation. Drawing on the work of Gilbert Simondon and mobilizing his conception of the relationship between human beings and technology against the conception implicit in Marx, he seeks to establish a ground for an encyclopedist humanism – a genetic encyclopedism – that lies beyond both the humanism combated by Heidegger and that philosopher's own anti-anthropological positions.

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