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Peter Sloterdijk

God's Zeal - The Battle of the Three World Religions

(German title: Gottes Eifer)
ca. 218 pages
Clothbound
2007
Peter Sloterdijk
Foto: Peter Sloterdijk
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Peter Sloterdijk was born in 1947 and is Professor emeritus 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. This way, he succeeds in redefining the current human condition, visualizes it from a hitherto unknown perspective, and finds evidence for unexpected or unsought connections. His book Critique of Cynical Reason is one of the biggest-selling philosophical books of the 20th century.

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The conflicts between the religions that have a common origin, i.e. the religions in the tradition of Abraham define our contemporary world to an unprecedented degree. In his essay, Peter Sloterdijk initially inquires into the politico-social and psychodynamic preconditions under which monotheism arose.

While in Judaism the religion remains confined to the one people, Christianity unfolds its apostolic message as universal in thrust and revelation. Islam takes this notion of a universal mission and renders it even more acute through military-political expansion.

What forms of conflict are conceivable between the three forms of monotheism? Sloterdijk describes the lines drawn, the fronts and the campaigns in a system of different preconditions, from the constellations of anti-paganism, anti-Judaism, anti-Islamism and Anti-Christianism, added to which are the internal schisms. The responses to their attacks on one another and those from outside differ: Judaism came to be shaped by a separatism that is defensive in character, Christianity endeavored to spread through missionaries, and Islam opted for the Holy War.

By means of a new interpretation of Lessing’s “Ring” parable, Sloterdijk shows how at present all three religions are challenged to switch from peaceful coexistence to dialog, and how collective religious zealots must become partners in one and the same civil society.

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Den Himmel zum Sprechen bringen/Making the Heavens Speak (2020)

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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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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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Luftbeben/Terror from the Air (2002)

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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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Kritik der zynischen Vernunft/Critique of Cynical Reason (1983)

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