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Peter Sloterdijk

Modernity’s Enfants Terribles

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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What drives humanity? Are we progressing from a lower state to a higher one? Is progress guided by the lessons of history? Should history be understood as progress towards and in the conception of freedom?

Such out-dated questions and the corresponding incongruous answers to them tend to ignore the transition from one generation to the next, which now, at the beginning of the 21st century, is increasingly in danger.
The continued existence of civilization as we know it depends on the successful outcome of this transitional period, which is dominated in part by war and murder, and in part by scenarios in which the populations of entire continents are wiped out. Peter Sloterdijk’s new book is thus informed by extreme pessimism: a black book of the generations to come.
Modernity is characterised by the way the threads of tradition are continually severed and by the constant emergence of new vectors that will determine our progress into what is to come. As a result, individuals turn into »children of their times«, and in turn their children »break the mould«. Since modern parents tend to be labile civilisers, the formation of their offspring becomes a never-ending battle between potentially terrible parents and potentially terrible children.

Other publications

Nach Gott/After God (2017)

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

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France (Piranha), Netherlands (Boom)

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

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English world rights (Polity), Italy (Bollati Boringhieri), Netherlands (Boom)

Der ästhetische Imperativ/The Aesthetic Imperative (2014)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Akal)

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

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English world rights (Polity), Poland (Aletheia)

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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English world rights (Columbia University Press), Spainish world rights (Siruela), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Liberdade), Portuguese rights (Relogio d’Agua), Arabic world rights (Librairie Orientale), France (Libella/Maren Sell), Italy (Meltemi), Netherlands (Boom), Korea (The Story House), Poland (Wydawnictwo Scholar), Hungary (Typotex), Romania (Art), Croatia (Antibarbarus), Slovenia (Studentska založba Beletrina), Turkey (Yapi Kredi)

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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USA (Semiotexte), Spanish world rights (Siruela), Chinese simplex rights (China Renmin UP), Russia (Nauka), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Liberdade), Italy (Cortina), Netherlands (Boom), Lithuania (Aidai), Serbia (AS Sovex)