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Peter Sloterdijk

Spheres I - Bubbles

(German title: Sphären. Mikrosphärologie)
ca. 648 pages
Paperback
1998
Peter Sloterdijk
Foto: Peter Sloterdijk
© Sven Paustian

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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An epic project in both size and purview, Peter Sloterdijk’s three-volume, 2,500-page Spheres is the late-twentieth-century bookend to Heidegger’s Being and Time.

Rejecting the century's predominant philosophical focus on temporality, Sloterdijk, a self-described »student of the air,« reinterprets the history of Western metaphysics as an inherently spatial and immunological project, from the discovery of self (bubble) to the exploration of world (globe) to the poetics of plurality (foam). Exploring macro- and micro-space from the Greek agora to the contemporary urban apartment, Sloterdijk is able to synthesize, with immense erudition, the spatial theories of Aristotle, René Descartes, Gaston Bachelard, Walter Benjamin, and Georges Bataille into a morphology of shared, or multipolar, dwelling – identifying the question of being as one bound up with the aerial technology of architectonics and anthropogenesis.

Sloterdijk describes Bubbles, the first volume of Spheres, as a general theory of the structures that allow couplings – or as the book’s original intended subtitle put it, an »archeology of the intimate.« Bubbles includes a wide array of images, not to illustrate Sloterdijk’s discourse, but to offer a spatial and visual »parallel narrative« to his exploration of bubbles. (book description of the English edition published by Semiotexte)

Other publications

Nach Gott/After God (2017)

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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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