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Peter Sloterdijk

You Must Change Your Life - On Human Engineering

(Original title: Du mußt dein Leben ändern)
ca. 723 pages
Clothbound
2009
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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In his new long-format essay on the nature of humanity, Peter Sloterdijk criticizes the thesis of a return to religion. 

It is not religion that is returning, but there is instead something entirely fundamental spreading in contemporary society: the individual as an agent that, in the exercising of that agency, creates the self. Rainer Maria Rilke formulated the drive to this sortof existence at the turn of the 20th century: »You must change your life.«

In his appeal for the spread of the realm of agency of the individual and society, Peter Sloterdijk lays the framework for a foundational and fundamental new breed of anthropology. At the core of his study of humanity is an insight into the self-creating element of every human. His activities incessantly affect him: work affects the worker; the communicated affects the communicator; emotions affect the emoter ... Expressive agents are those people who most clearly embody this sort of existence: farmers; workers; soldiers; writers; yogis; orators; musical virtuosos; models. This book collects their training schedules and performance into a satisfying and informative lecture on the practices that are necessary inbeing human.

Other publications

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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France (Libella/Maren Sell)

Scheintod im Denken/Suspended in Thought (2010)

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English world rights (Columbia UP), Spanish world rights (Siruela), Italy (Raffaelo Cortina), Netherlands (Boom), Poland (Toporzel), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Theology)

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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