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Peter Sloterdijk

Spheres III - Foams

(German title: Sphären. Plurale Sphärologie)
ca. 504 pages
Clothbound
2004
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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About

In the form of Schäume/Foams Peter Sloterdijk has now brought to an end his three-volume endeavor to retell the history of humankind.

The concept of the sphere refers back to Sloterdijk's main proposition, namely that life is a matter of form. »It suggests that life, sphere images and thought are different expressions of one and the same thing.«

The first volume Blasen/Bubbles appeared in 1998 and reconstructs how the close co-existence of people creates a special kind of intérieur. The emphasis in that first volume of the Spheres was on the hypothesis that compared with the individual it is actually the couple/pair that is the far stronger entity. In the second volume, the philosophical Roman Globen/Globes (1999) Sloterdijk narrates how classical metaphysical thought qua contemplation of the large round whole expands to appropriate the world, the globe, and thus triggers several forms of globalization.

Schäume/Foams, the third and last volume, now offers a philosophical theory of the present age from a specific angle: Life, or so Sloterdijk claims, unfolds in a multi-focal fashion. The cheerful image of »foam« serves to re-assert the pluralism of world inventions and invented worlds, thus allowing Sloterdijk to formulate a philosophical-anthropological interpretation of modern individualism that goes beyond existing descriptions. Schäume/Foams likewise answers the question as to what shape a bond must take in order to bind the individuals together to form what the sociological tradition terms »society«.
By virtue of the fact that the third section of the Sphären/Spheres concerns itself with the most urgent and compelling questions, it is quite possible to read it as if it were the first of the triad.

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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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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