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Peter Sloterdijk

After God - Experiments in Faith and Disbelief

(German title: Nach Gott)
ca. 364 pages
Hardcover
2017
Peter Sloterdijk
Foto: Peter Sloterdijk
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Peter Sloterdijk was born in 1947 and is Professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy at the Institute of Design in Karlsruhe.

The unmistakable characteristic of Peter Sloterdijk's thought and writings is the way he embeds current issues in a long history. In this way, he succeeds in redefining the current condition humaine, visualizes it from a perspective hitherto unknown, and finds evidence for unexpected or undesired linkages.

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The consequences of the sentence: »God is dead«

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In his epoch-making book Spheres, which describes globalization from its beginnings to its state at the end of the 20th century, Peter Sloterdijk characterizes God as the »ultimate source of insurance coverage«. This assumption common to all (monotheistic, at least) religions unleashes paradoxes that had devastating consequences from the Middle Ages to modernity: the fundamentalism that has been triumphing since the turn of the century is the worst repercussion.

But which of these developments are linked to the sentence »God is dead,« which went viral by the end of the 19th century? Is it a philosophem without real effects? Is it the description of a shift in mentality? Is it a diagnosis of what is taking place? Is it to be understood as a prognosis that brings all interreligiously justified conflicts to an end?

In his new book, Peter Sloterdijk draws all the conclusions from the sentence »God is dead« for the first time. This brings into play both the fields of contemporary theology and philosophy and the present’s murderous politics, as well as the impact of cultural developments and scientific and technical advances.

Praise

»An exciting hike through 2,500 years of cultural and intellectual history...« Hans-Jürgen Jakobs, Handelsblatt

»The soon-to-be 70-year-old is a powerhouse. Nothing about him seems old... Bravo.« Ulf Poschardt, Die literarische Welt

Other publications

Das Schelling-Projekt/The Schelling-Project (2016)

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Was geschah im 20. Jahrhundert?/What Happened in the 20th Century? (2016)

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Der ästhetische Imperativ/The Aesthetic Imperative (2014)

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Die schrecklichen Kinder der Neuzeit/Modernity’s Enfants Terribles (2014)

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Im Schatten des Sinai/In the Shadow of Mount Sinai (2013)

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Zeilen und Tage/Lines and Days (2012)

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Streß und Freiheit/Stress and Freedom (2011)

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Scheintod im Denken/Suspended in Thought (2010)

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Du mußt dein Leben ändern/You Must Change Your Life (2009)

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Gottes Eifer/God's Zeal (2007)

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Zorn und Zeit/Anger and Time (2006)

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Im Weltinnenraum des Kapitals/In the World Interior of Capital (2005)

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Sphären. Plurale Sphärologie/Spheres III (2004)

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Die Sonne und der Tod/Sun and Death (2001)

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Sphären. Makrosphärologie/Spheres II (1999)

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Sphären. Mikrosphärologie/Spheres I (1998)

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