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Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation

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While ancient civilizations worshipped strong, active emotions, modern societies have favored more peaceful attitudes, especially within the democratic process. We have largely forgotten the struggle to make use of "thymos," the part of the soul that, following Plato, contains spirit, pride, and indignation. Rather, Christianity and psychoanalysis have promoted mutual unde ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Columbia University Press (first published 2006)
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Philippe Malzieu
Sloterdjik is one of the most exciting philosopher in the world. The title obviously makes us to think to "Sein und zeit" (being and time) of Heidegger. It is also an ontological project. But it's quite different. At the beginning of Illiade, there is anger, menis in Greek : "Tell us goddess Achille's anger." With the construction of the sentence in Greek, menis is at the beginning. Sloterdjik sees a sign there. This anger is directed against the Gods, the other men and even him. It is the base ...more
What a disappointment. What begins as a potentially fascinating attempt to locate and define rage in the context of human drives quickly goes off the rails and loses itself in it's own fits of bald rage. Based on a what is, frankly, an oversimplification of psychoanalysis, Sloterdijk attempts to posit thymos (rage) as an alternative drive to eros (sex). We'll leave the problems with this aside because what Sloterdijk does with this opening is significantly more problematic.

Sloterdijk's main conc
The Hermit's
Sloterdijk explains the rhetorical mystical experience that is speaking and listening to Homer’s The Illiad wherein the emotive of ‘rage’(Greek: menis) provides the structure of one of the first mass reproduced mystical expriences. In story format, primal rage is transformed into a network born of a warrior/hero to God back to the speaker and then listener; who simply by the act of listening becomes a devotee and storyteller themselves; further propagating the mystical experience.

In time, this
Olympischer Abgesang auf das Projekt der (radikalen) Linken, wobei Sloterdijk natürlich alle Argumente (und Formulierungskräfte) auf seiner Seite hat - theoretisch hat er Recht, umso schlimmer für die Wirklichkeit! Nach der ziemlich düsteren Gegenwartsanalyse - Destruktion des Sozialstaates aufgrund fehlenden Drohpotentials seitens der Arbeiterschaft und Verlagerung der thymotischen Energien in den Mittleren Osten - überzeugt die Gelassenheit jenseits des Ressentiments doch nicht ganz. Das schei ...more
Sehr gutes Buch. Der Mann ist recht sattelfest, dass er es als deutscher Philosophe wagt, den Zorn als leitende und bildende Kraft wieder vorzuschlagen.
Sep 12, 2013 Anne is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am head banging my way through this. I don't know if it the translation or what, but it has been slow going. Or maybe I am just not that smart.
Sobre el uso político de la ira (Thymós). Desde Aquiles hasta nuestros días...
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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. In 2002 he began to co-host Das Philo ...more
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