In this paper I investigate Peter Sloterdijk's relation to humanism, especially in its post- Kantian sense of an ideology of Enlightenment based on anthropology. How does an author who writes after Nietzsche's biopolitical challenge of the √úbermensch, Heidegger's ontological upgrading of the humanitas, Foucault's structuralist decentering of man, Derrida's deconstruction of anthropocentric discourse, and Deleuze & Guattari's machinic constructivism, relate to the ideology of emancipation through formation (Bildung), i.e. the 'anthropotechnics' of reading and writing? What are the biopolitical insights of an 'anthropophenomenology' or an 'anthropology beyond humans'? Can a positive understanding of 'humanity' still be found in his work?

Written in 2006. Final author's version, 2011, 26 pages. first published in: Schinkel, W. & Noordegraaf-Eelens, L (eds., 2011), In Medias Res: Peter Sloterdijk's Spherological Poetics of Being, Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, as pp. 43-66.
Erasmus School of Philosophy

van Tuinen, S. (2011). 'Transgenous Philosophy': Post-Humanism, Anthropotechnics and the Poetics of Natal Difference. Retrieved from