Peter Sloterdijk in conversation with Ralf Rogowski



Peter Sloterdijk’s philosophico-morphological theory is based on an understanding of the history of culture as spatialisations of forms. The world in which we live now requires us to design new types of ‘spatialised immunity’. More broadly, the concept of a spherical logic of space – a polymorphologic of form, order and thinking – is explicated in Spheres, his three-volume archaeology of the human attempt to dwell within spaces, from womb to globe. The Spheres project (Bubbles, Globe, Foam) is a significant topological turn in the field of contemporary philosophy, ‘a super-workout for communicative energies capable of finding contact throughout the entire world.’

Peter Sloterdijk is one of the best known and widely read German intellectuals writing today. His 1983 publication of Critique of Cynical Reason (published in English in 1988) became the bestselling German book of philosophy since World War II. He became president of the State Academy of Design at the Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe in 2001 where he is also Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics. He received the Ernst Robert Curtius literary award in 1993. He has been co-host of a discussion program, Das Philosophische Quartett (Philosophical Quartet) on German television since 2002. English translations include Thinker on Stage: Nietzsche’s Materialism (1989), Theory of the Post-War Periods: Observations on Franco-German relations since 1945 (2008), God’s Zeal: The Battle of the Three Monotheisms (2009), Derrida, an Egyptian (2009), Terror from the Air (2009), Rage and Time (2010) and Neither Sun nor Death (2011). Spheres, his three-volume magnum opus is forthcoming in English translation from Semiotext(e).