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The Art of Philosophy


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Translator's Note Introduction: Theory as a Form of the Life of Practice 1. Theory and Asceticism 2. The observer has come: The Creation of Persons Fit for Epoche 3. Theory and Suspended Animation and Its Metamorphoses 4. Cognitive Modernism: The Assassination Attempts on the Neutral Observer Name index

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I am unaware of any other writer who so successfully merges creative rethinking of the philosophical and religious past. In this respect, I think Sloterdijk's work represents for me something like a gold standard. It is humorous, provocative, and deeply insightful. -- Ward Blanton, University of Glasgow

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Peter Sloterdijk is professor of aesthetics and philosophy at the Institute of Design in Karlsruhe and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Recently named one of the world's top intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines, his numerous works include Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation and the best-selling Critique of Cynical Reason. Karen Margolis is a writer and translator living in Berlin. A graduate in mathematics from the London School of Economics, she coauthored The Technology of Political Control and has published fiction, memoirs, poetry, and translations.


A very provocative, historically penetrating, and paradigm-changing analysis of both modern and postmodern thought, which may be considered one of Peter Sloterdijk's most brilliant contributions to date to what has come to be called 'public philosophy.' This translation is vigorous and engaging and captures in different contexts the ramifications and rhetorical force of Sloterdijk's original German. -- Carl Raschke, University of Denver ...spicily vigorous... Guardian A spirited brief for Aristotelian-moderated philosophy... -- Carlin Romano Chronicle of Higher Education

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