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Nietzsche Apostle

(Semiotext(e) / Intervention #16)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Peter Sloterdijk's essay on Friedrich Nietzsche and the benefits and dangers of narcissistic jubilation.

For Peter Sloterdijk, Friedrich Nietzsche represents nothing short of a "catastrophe in the history of language" -- a new evangelist for a linguistics of narcissistic jubilation. Nietzsche offered a philosophical declaration of independence from humility, a meeting-poin
Paperback, 88 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Semiotext(e)
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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happy to announce to my friends and family that i am over my nietzsche phase. best parts of this book are centered around "biblical revisions" and the cult of individuality. like most of sloterdijk's work, apparently, he has interesting points of comparison but his observations and conclusions are difficult to parse. what does he mean, exactly, by things like "eulogies" and "gifts" in this context? kind of all over the place
Jonathan Norton
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
As we all know, Nietzsche was an horrendous old windbag whose tedious oeuvre is mere shelf-filler for unenlightened dullards who think they're getting something dangerous. This appreciation by contemporary German windbag Sloterdijk distils all the most wretched features of the old bore into a handy pocket-sized edition. We get the worthless speculative anthropology and history; the bad psychology; the yawnsome sermonising; and the very poor and unoriginal appraisals of ancient and modern thought ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting essay on Nietzsche - memorable comparisons with Emerson and Jefferson, and American-style individualism.

The author glossed a bit on relating enlightenment/romanticism/modernism to his thesis, but did well relating Nietzsche's philosophy to the decadence of kitsch/populism, and the idea of the 'noble gift'.
Manuel Alejandro Crespo-Rodríguez
This book is amazing! Although it is a speech (and as such, one's critique must take that into account instead of judging it as an extensive magnus opus, just as people judge Nietzsche posthumous "Will to Power" when that text were just notes, not a philosophical teatrise), his approach is very original. It is an interpretation of Nietzsche's work that I couldn't envision firsthand, and yet it is written in a clear way, contrary of Nietzsche's writting. Nietzsche was full of powerful language, s ...more
Aaron Schuschu
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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In Sloterdijk’s typical fashion of obscure sources and arriving at conservative talking points from odd angles, his basic point here was that the idea that Nietzsche’s work sold the idea of a non- self- aware individualism- and even his lack of sanity- have to be called into question because of the tendency of people to misunderstand a general point and then run with that misunderstanding- especially when said person is amongst groups of people. Consequentially, Jefferson was to the Bible as Hit ...more
Xander Fraum
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know all that much about Peter Sloterdijk, other than he was very influenced by Gilles Deleuze, one of my big influences. This was a nice little short book about Nietzsche. Short books about philosophy are rare. I'll always remember where it ends, talking about Nietzsche and the Sun, something to the effect of "Let's remember Nietzsche this way, happy, lying in the sun.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Another low point for the Intervention Series.

This book is entirely too short, and while I understand it's from a speech, isn't as elaborated as it could be. I'm not even entirely sure what Sloterdijk's revelations are. He seems to meander through the appropriation and "cutting-up" of biblical texts (which I enjoyed thinking about) and how one's use of language creates them as a brand. In Nietzsche's case, he becomes the brand of individualism taken forth by Oscar Wilde and perverted by National
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Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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Interesting theory, and it really got going at the end, but a little too entrenched in an academic understanding of Nietzsche. Too pedantic and laborious.
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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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