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Selected Exaggerations: Conversations and Interviews 1993 - 2012

By: Peter Sloterdijk


Description

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. 

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745691657
ISBN10
074569165X
Publication Dates ROW:
Mar 2016
Publication Dates US:
Apr 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Mar 2016


Format
237 x 160 mm
9.30 x 6.30 in
Pages
350 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745691664
ISBN10
0745691668
Publication Dates ROW:
Mar 2016
Publication Dates US:
Apr 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Mar 2016



Format
229 x 153 mm
9.00 x 6.00 in
Pages
350 pages
Wiley E-Text
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509508426
ISBN10
1509508422
Publication Dates ROW:
Jun 2016
Publication Dates US:
Jun 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jun 2016


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
350 pages

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Reviews

'Selected Exaggerations' presents a blow-by-blow chronicle of an intellectual journey, one of the most remarkable of our time. In it, we follow Sloterdijk as he comments on his work in progress and current affairs over a twenty-year period. Often mischievous, sometimes maddening, always thought-provoking, Sloterdijk is a force to be reckoned with. With this publication, the English-speaking world finally has a one-volume introduction to this extraordinary thinker.’
Brian Massumi, University of Montréal

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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
  35. Editorial Note
  36. Appendix

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Author Information

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.

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