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Du mußt dein Leben ändern

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  172 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Über Religion, Artistik und Anthropotechnik

Sind wir heute Zeugen des Abwrackens abendländischer Aufklärung und der machtvollen Wiederkehr der Religion? Oder haben wir uns endgültig im Technikpark des Konsums eingerichtet, in dem Transzendenz nur noch in Slogans von Esoterikanbietern auftaucht? Wenn es nach Peter Sloterdijk geht, lautet die Antwort zwei Mal eindeutig: Nein!
Hardcover, 723 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Suhrkamp (first published 2009)
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Feb 06, 2014 Lukáš rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sloterdijk is a nagger. Well, not really, but I can hardly think of any other contemporary figure being able to achieve something as grandiose as this book in such a biting style. Reading almost every bit of this book forces one to silently keep saying 'you must be joking!' ('You must joke your life'?) but also to acknowledge that the author, as Keith Ansell-Pearson wrote, must be the most erudite person currently dwelling on Earth, in his ability to mobilize such a vast amount of arguments, bib ...more
Jorge Canabal
Jul 03, 2014 Jorge Canabal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A self-help book in the strictest meaning of the expression. Sloterdijk is a genius at reinterpreting the human condition and its drive to overcome. "You Must Change Your Life" explores the drive to transcend personal existence through greatness, whether it be greatness in humility and self-denial as seen in the different religious traditions or greatness through achievement as seen in sports and in the Communist social experiments of the twentieth century. It sets to fulfill this task by design ...more
Marcel Côté
Aug 25, 2015 Marcel Côté rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like penetrating an incredibly dense thicket to find a hidden treasure. Unfortunately, the thicket is far denser than need be due to the author's almost deliberately obscure style. For example, why must he rely so much on technical terms in Greek and Latin when everyday-language translations would do? Besides, the treasure itself is more like a single diamond than like the riches of King Tut. In fact, I can sum it up in a simple phrase: we are creatures of habit, so it is incumbent on us in life ...more
Brian Hoffstein
Feb 28, 2016 Brian Hoffstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You Must Change Your Life! This is the “sublime imperative” German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk explicates, elucidates, and contextualizes in his tour-de-force, titled as the maxim itself, which we learn is a pursuit as old as humanity itself. Beginning with the first monkey voyaging the savannah, hammering his hand axe into a tool for survival, the tale continues today in unprecedented acceleration through our technological age. Starting with Rilke’s poem, The Archaic Torso of Apollo (inspired ...more
If you've got the guts and perseverance, read this book. Sloterdijk can write really beautiful, although his sentences are hard to follow. This might seem like a contradiction, but in my opinion it isn't: although reading the sentences is challenging, they're still beautiful and meaningful too.
My complaint with this book is that it tries to be many things at once, and that Sloterdijk should've set a clearer message and purpose. Here's a list of the things this book is (or at least tries to be):
Hans-Peter Merz
Oct 15, 2013 Hans-Peter Merz rated it liked it
Geschenk einer guten Freundin. Nach einer Lesung Sloterdijks in Bochum war ich bereits laenger um das Buch herumgeschlichen. Da mir Sloterdijks heftig- philosophische Sprache doch sehr absichtsvoll uebertrieben vorkommt, habe ich von der Lektuere aber bislang Abstand genommen. Nun hat das Buch aber doch den Weg auf meinen Tisch gefunden. Auch wenn ich den Sprachduktus nach wie vor nicht mag so muss ich doch gestehen, dass der Autor mich mehr und mehr in seinen Bann zieht.

Vertikalspannung: der dr
Danijel Brestovac
Nov 17, 2015 Danijel Brestovac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Str. 11- Pošast hodi po zahodnem svetu - pošast religije. O njej nam prav povsod zatrjujejo, da se je po daljši odsotnosti vrnila med ljudi sodobnega sveta in da storimo, če njeno novo pristnost jemljemo karseda resno.

Str. 14- pokazal bom, da vračanje k religiji prav tako malo mogoče kot tudi sam povratek religije - namreč iz povsem preprostega razloga, saj ne obstaja niti "religija" niti "religije", temveč zgolj napačno razumljeni sistemi duhovnih vsaj, pa naj se ti uporabljajo oz. prakticirajo
Most excellent. The author attempts to reintroduce the experience/rapture of living into the understandings of the Western philosophical tradition(s)
May 02, 2015 Ert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has helped me to understand the philosophy of modern performance society a bit better. I was impressed by the richness of his speech. However sometimes I got the funny feeling, that there were also some empty words, which conveyed commonplaces in an overintellcualised way.
Eventual it has been a personal gain and was entertaining to read.
Samuel Ronsin
Aug 31, 2015 Samuel Ronsin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly fascinating book, that explores the art of elevating oneself in the modern days. It deals with the individualistic side of the program sketched in Sloterdijk's controversial conference / book on "rules for the human zoo".

I simply regret the almost comical use of neologisms and the narrow adoption a somewhat solipsistic / Nietzschean point of view. Its leaves very little room for what would be the social graph of elevation (hopefully in a sequel) and forces Sloterdijk to make pretty ridic
Johanna Haagsman
Niet om door te komen. Dacht dat ik intellectueel genoeg was. Hoe dom kun je zijn? Sorry.
Luke Echo
Dec 12, 2014 Luke Echo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nietzschean obviously.
André Bernhardt
Jan 31, 2016 André Bernhardt rated it really liked it
Took me ages to finish bc very difficult to understand and honestly I didnt understand everything but what I understood was quite insightful. Recommended. Need to read it again. Title is a Rilke quote btw. ...more
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Stimulans om ook in m'n eigen leven bakens te verzetten.
en uitdagend leesvoer, nog lang niet klaar mee. Al lang uit inmiddels en het werkt door
Rutger van Dongen
Dec 14, 2015 Rutger van Dongen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
Second read december 2015.
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Peter Sloterdijk is a German philosopher, cultural theorist, television host and columnist. He is a professor of philosophy and media theory at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe.

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, includ
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