Bubbles: Spheres Volume I: Microspherology (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents) [ Peter Sloterdijk, Wieland Hoban] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying . Weighing in at over six hundred pages, Sloterdijk’s Bubbles, published in the original German in and finally translated into English late. Peter Sloterdijk is a German philosopher and cultural theorist. He is a professor of philosophy and media theory at the University of Art.

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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.

He is a professor of philosophy and media theory at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The difference for Sloterdijk is that, while the second wave created cosmopolitanismthe third is creating a global provincialism.

Sloterdijk’s father was Dutch, his mother German. Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Just to make it sunnier, we can now also add to the list impending ecological crisis. The net result is that we are alienated from our fellows by modern individualism, and alienated from ourselves.

Sep 15, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref. Spheres I Spheres 1 by Peter Sloterdijk.

From these microspheres ontological relations such as fetus – placenta to macrospheres macro-uteri such as nations or statesSloterdijk analyzes spheres where humans try but fail to dwell and traces a connection between vital crisis e. Sloterdijk’s historiographical brushwork is, even by the standards of continental theory, broad, and several chapters, particularly those in the book’s middle dealing with “negative gynecology” and the primordial fetus-placenta dyad, are to be admired for their sheer audacity alone, a judgment perhaps extensible to the overall project.

Bubbles by Peter Sloterdijk, translated by Wieland Hoban – review | Books | The Guardian

This was really difficult for me to read, but in the best way. In his native Germany, Peter Sloterdijk needs no introduction. Sloterdijk uses the notion of the Sphere in order to divide up spaces.

In the case of Bubbles, the first of three volumes in Peter Sloterdijk’s Spheres trilogy, this means the slotefdijk you conceive of what Sloterdijk calls “strong relationships” will never be the same. From my review on LA Review of Books: But his book is more fundamentally a study of the ways that life, soul, being and being-together have been conceived in terms of inside, outside and the traffic between. O, now it all makes sloterdljk – for it is thee, Sloterdijk’s Translator!


Sphere Theory: A Case For Connectedness – Los Angeles Review of Books

This is fundamentally a work of philosophy, and its author is in more or less avowed dialogue throughout with the thought of Martin Heidegger, whose disquisitions on time and space describe a rooted, authentic sense of slotersijk in the world that Sloterdijk wants in part to counter with his vision of mobile spheres. Sloterdijk replied that this was, itself, resorting to “fascist” tactics to discredit him.

Though his eccentric methods are similar, Sloterdijk’s historical purview is a lot wider, and Bubbles is as much an essential guide to modern space as it is a philosophical epic about dwelling and thinking.

Those who reach it can use those facts to explain what drives the intimate, all too intimate bubbles to failure and forces their inhabitant into transformations. Sloterdijk called for the abolition of income tax in favor of voluntary contributions. In the process, Sloterdijk is able to find new meaning in the cast aside achievements of past culture.

Sloterdijk describes humanity at the end of this process: The centrality of the womb for Sloterdijk also hints at a genetic principle of ever-expanding sphere formation: The trilogy Spheres is the philosopher’s magnum opus.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Sloterdijk presents the womb-state as an original type of human ecstasy that is at the root of subsequent religious, erotic, communal, and political sphere formations. In that light, those involved in humanistic endeavors should concern themselves with the preservation and cultivation of the atmospheres that permit human beings to flourish.

I will withhold judgment until I’ve read all three parts of the Spheres Trilogy, but if this first installation is any indication of the complete package then it is likely to become one of the original philosophical beacons of the 21st century playing perhaps the same role as Heidegger’s Being and Time did in the 20th.

When Sloterdijk refers to history it is not as an empiricist does, to test a theory, but as a staging of ideas; if the facts do not fit the theory, as he approvingly quotes Hegel in Im selben Boottoo bad for the facts.


Treats sexual intimacy like a very minor aspect of intimacy. And he does this without calling for the uncritical readoption of a pre-modern religiosity or by succumbing to tasteless, New Age pseudo-spirituality some puzzling words of admiration for the deplorable mountebank Osho in one interview notwithstandingbut by permitting the spirit of the past to breathe into and reanimate the present.

Critical theory warns that false consciousness and ideological conditioning blind us to reality; our genes determine our behaviour, according to evolutionary biologists; psychoanalysis has pulled back the curtain on the dark libidinal drives that underlie our ostensibly rational acts; neuroscience tells us that the unity of the mind is an illusion; according to post-structuralists, we are mere ripples in a sea of social and linguistic trends that speak through us.

Still, the paper started a controversy in which Sloterdijk was strongly criticized, both for his alleged usage of a fascist rhetoric to promote Plato ‘s vision of a government with absolute control over the population, and for committing a non-normative, simplistic reduction of the bioethical issue itself.

The Schelling Project has not even been intended as a novel; it has been launched as sheer act of provocation. The premise, announced at the book’s onset, is simple enough: The result is that reading Bubbles: Sloterdijk describes Bubbles, the first volume of Spheres, as a general theory of the structures that bubblez couplings–or as the book’s bubblex intended subtitle put it, an “archeology of the intimate.

The trilogy is notoriously erudite in its scope, but Sloterdijk is aware his books are not for everyone. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The language-game of spheres leads to an ecological understanding of culture; a term whose etymology in Latin denotes the care of plants and the tilling of the earth.

The difference between the United States and Europe is that in Europe a philosopher can have a television sloterdijj. Return to Book Page.

In he slloterdijk his PhD from the University of Hamburg. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Even where it does not convince, it provokes; it does not try to get the last word in, but to generate new ideas for discussion.