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Selected Exaggerations

Conversations and Interviews 1993 - 2012

By Peter Sloterdijk

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Format: Paperback, 350 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 25 March 2016
Peter Sloterdijk s reputation as one of the most original thinkers of our time has grown steadily since the early 1980s. This volume of over thirty conversations and interviews spanning two decades illuminates the multiple interconnections of his life and work. In these wide-ranging dialogues Sloterdijk gives his views on a variety of topics, from doping to doxa, design to dogma, media to mobility and the financial crisis to football. Here we encounter Sloterdijk from every angle: as he expounds his ideas on the philosophical tradition and the latest strands of contemporary thought, as he analyses the problems of our age and as he provides a new and startling perspective on everyday events. Through exaggeration, Sloterdijk draws our attention to crucial issues and controversies and makes us aware of their implications for society and the individual. Always eager to share his knowledge and erudition, he reveals himself equally at home in ancient Babylon, in the channels of the mass media and on the ethical and moral terrain of religion, education or genetic engineering. Appealing both to the seasoned reader of Sloterdijk and to the curious newcomer, these dialogues offer fresh insight into the intellectual and political events of recent decades. They also give us glimpses of Sloterdijk s own life story, from his early passionate love of reading and writing to his journeys in East and West, his commitment to Europe and his acceptance and enjoyment of the role of a public intellectual and philosopher in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

1. In Place of a Preface 2. The Half-Moon Man 3. Why are People Media? 4. World Estrangement and Diagnosis of our Times 5. Uterus on Wheels 6. Fire your Shrink! 7. Philosophical Retuning 8. We're Always Riding Down Maternity Drive 9. Tackling the Unspoken Things in Culture 10. On Wealth and Self-Respect 11. Learning Is Joyful Anticipation of Oneself 12. Postmen and Fallen Towers 13. Raising our Heads: Pampering Spaces and Time Drifts 14. Good Theory Doesn't Complain 15. There Are No Individuals 16. Confused People Spread Confusion 17. Germans Want to Be Compelled: Theory for the Year's End 18. Comparatists of Happiness 19. Image and Perspective. An Experiment in Atmospheric Seeing 20. On Progress. The Holy Fire of Dissatisfaction 21. A Team of Hermaphrodites 22. Under a Brighter Sky 23. Making the Effort: The Reader 24. Thus Spoke Sloterdijk 25. Fathers Should Be Kept Away from Brothels and Pubs 26. The Athletics of Dying 27. Do Your Duty to Enjoy! 28. Even a God Can't Save Us 29. A Plug for Higher Energies 30. Mortgaging the Air: The Financial Crisis 31. Is There a Way Out of the Crisis of Western Culture? 32. Questions of Fate: A Novel About Thought 33. Humans in Repetition / The 21st Century will be Acrobatic 34. With the Babble of Babylon in the Background Editorial Note Appendix

About the Author

Peter Sloterdijk is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Karlsruhe School of Design and the author of many works, including You Must Change Your Life.

EAN: 9780745691664
ISBN: 0745691668
Publisher: Polity Press
Dimensions: 22.61 x 14.99 x 2.54 centimetres (0.53 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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