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Peter Sloterdijk studied philosophy, Germanistics and history at the University of Munich. In 1975 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. Since 1980 he has published many philosophical works, including the Critique of Cynical Reason. In 2001 he was named president of the State Academy of Design, part of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe.

Sloterdijk’s philosophy strikes a balance between the firm academicism of a scholarly professor and a certain sense of anti-academism (witness his interest in Rajneesh’s ideas). Notwithstanding the criticism that some of his thoughts have evoked, he refuses to be labeled as a “polemic thinker,” describing himself instead as “hyperbolic.” His ideas reject the existence of dualisms--for example, between body and soul, subject and object, culture and nature--since their interaction, spaces of coexistence, and technical advances create a hybrid reality. Thus Sloterdijk, who is trying to develop a new humanism, sometimes labeled post-humanism, seeks to integrate different components that have been, in his opinion, erroneously considered detached from one another. This search has lead him to propose the creation of an “ontological constitution” that would incorporate all beings--i.e. humans, animals, plants, and machines--as elements.

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Peter Sloterdijk studied philosophy, Germanistics and history at the University of Munich. In 1975 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. Since 1980 he has published many philosophical works, including the Critique of Cynical Reason. In 2001 he was named president of the State Academy of Design, part of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe.

Sloterdijk’s philosophy strikes a balance between the firm academicism of a scholarly professor and a certain sense of anti-academism (witness his interest in Rajneesh’s ideas). Notwithstanding the criticism that some of his thoughts have evoked, he refuses to be labeled as a “polemic thinker,” describing himself instead as “hyperbolic.” His ideas reject the existence of dualisms--for example, between body and soul, subject and object, culture and nature--since their interaction, spaces of coexistence, and technical advances create a hybrid reality. Thus Sloterdijk, who is trying to develop a new humanism, sometimes labeled post-humanism, seeks to integrate different components that have been, in his opinion, erroneously considered detached from one another. This search has lead him to propose the creation of an “ontological constitution” that would incorporate all beings--i.e. humans, animals, plants, and machines--as elements. More...

 
       
 
         
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