Peter Sloterdijk



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Peter Sloterdijk was born in Karlsruhe in 1947. 36 years later, in 1983, he became the shooting star of German philosophy with the publication of his early main work ‘The Critique of Cynical Reason’ .

In later publications he has dealt with topics as diverse as the flight from the world (Weltflucht) of monks, to the cultural history of drugs, the location when we listen to music [Sloterdijk (1993a)], and even a Taoism for Europe [Sloterdijk (1996)]. In addition, it should be mentioned that the philosophy of his latest main works which are called “Spheres” {“Sphären 1” [Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1998b] & “Sphären 2” [Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999]} differs significantly from the ‘Critique of Cynical Reason’. Yet, he is not only a philosopher and cultural critic, but he has also published a novel called ‘the magic tree’ (Der Zauberbaum) [Sloterdijk (1985)] which deals with the birth of psychoanalysis. His fame in German philosophical circles is only being matched by Habermas, Marquard, and Gadamer.

Biography written by Stefan Lorenz Sorgner.

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