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Selected Exaggerations

Conversations and Interviews 1993 - 2012

Sloterdijk, Peter

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1. Edition March 2016
350 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-0-7456-9165-7
John Wiley & Sons

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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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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.

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

P. Sloterdijk, Karlsruhe School of Design