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Peter Sloterdijk

What Happened in the 20th Century? - Towards a Criticism of Extremist Rationality

(German title: Was geschah im 20. Jahrhundert?)
ca. 348 pages
Clothbound
2016
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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With the six essays contained in this volume, Peter Sloterdijk builds on his monumental Spheres-trilogy which dealt with nothing less than an explanation of the development of human history based on an atmospheric-ecological concept. It allows Sloterdijk to describe the 20th century in an equally radical and surprising new way.

Sloterdijk analyses it as a time of accomplishments: the 20th century is the century of triumphant impatience that is capable of anything; it’s the century of immediate execution in which the martial law of sanctions replaces patience, deferral and hope. This era never knew the Principle of Hope, but only ever a Principle of Now that was comprised of two cooperating items, the principle of impatience and the principle of free-of-charge. These principles become leading motives: from now on, it’s all about working in order to never have to work again. Every endeavour only has a temporary character. One is patient for one last time, so that finally, after the big discovery, one never has to be patient ever again. Europe’s most in-depth dream is that of unemployment originating from the material wealth.

Sloterdijk shows that such a dream can only come true if it is supported by a »universal treasure«: the entire globe and its unrestricted exploitation.

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Nach Gott/After God (2017)

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Das Schelling-Projekt/The Schelling-Project (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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