Authors Peter Sloterdijk Peter Sloterdijk b. He has been cohost of a discussion program, Das Philosophische Quartett Philosophical Quartet on German television since Contributors Wieland Hoban. Bubbles is as much an essential guide to modern space as it is a philosophical epic about dwelling and thinking.
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Authors Peter Sloterdijk Peter Sloterdijk b. He has been cohost of a discussion program, Das Philosophische Quartett Philosophical Quartet on German television since Contributors Wieland Hoban.
Bubbles is as much an essential guide to modern space as it is a philosophical epic about dwelling and thinking. Brian Dillon The Guardian [Bubbles] is perhaps best read as a long philosophical poem, powerfully expressive of the modern experience of disorientation and loneliness, wrenching itself into bizarre shapes in its imperfect attempt to conjure an ancient wholeness. No Enlightenment truisms remain undisturbed by his joyous and polyphonic investigations into the meaning of the spherical.
The appearance of Volume 1, Bubbles, is a major event that will finally allow the English-speaking world to experience the many dimensions of his thinking which is a toolbox for art and architecture.
At once polemical and holistic in approach, Sloterdijk allows us to come to terms with the ever-retooled systems that structure our lives. Hal Foster It is about time that the English-speaking world begin to appreciate what is, without question, the most important work in philosophy of nature to appear since the irruption of the ecological crisis at the forefront of our consciousness and political order. Many naturalists, activists, political scientists, and ecologists have been nibbling at the notion of nature.
He studied philosophy, German studies and history at the University of Munich and the University of Hamburg from to In he received his PhD from the University of Hamburg. In the s he worked as a freelance writer, and published his Kritik der zynischen Vernunft in He has since published a number of philosophical works acclaimed in Germany. His best-known Karlsruhe student and former assistant is Marc Jongen , a member of the Bundestag. Consequently, he proposes the creation of an "ontological constitution" that would incorporate all beings—humans, animals, plants, and machines.
Bubbles. Spheres I: Microspherology
The German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk hosts just such a weekly talk show. That is to say: What is humanity without the all-encompassing presence of religion, whose persistence in the modern world is either ineffectually subcultural or violently retrograde, and, in any case, is clearly incapable of offering a satisfying universal? What is humanity without the predictable cycles of the quasi-natural, communal lifeworld, and without the unquestioned legitimacy of the social, spiritual, and aesthetic hierarchies that once regulated that lifeworld? And how should we best offer solace to the lonely, confused, and rootless subject that emerges with the triumph of mass society, capitalism, scientism, technology, the destruction of traditional life, and the disenchantment of the world?
Bubbles by Peter Sloterdijk, translated by Wieland Hoban - review
Faced with fragile western triumphalism in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sloterdijk proposed that a "pneumatic parliament" be parachuted into post-conflict zones, its sleek transparent dome inflated in an hour and a half, and seats for representatives installed within 24 hours. In a laconic essay to accompany CGI renderings of his Swiftian bubble in situ, the philosopher noted that some "failed states" among the customer target group might not be ready for the full parliamentary "experience". A lucrative secondary market would arise in educational theme parks dedicated to potential state systems: democracy, monarchy, aristocracy and outright tyranny. As a political-philosophical joke, the pneumatic parliament is a slightly clunky conceit. Bubbles is the first volume to appear in English. Here he attempts nothing less than a metaphysical history of enclosed spaces, utopian or practical pods and domes, real and fantastical atmospheres or ecosystems. Modernity, Sloterdijk contends, has long been a matter of control and liberation through a sort of air conditioning.