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Stress and Freedom
Peter Sloterdijk
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Stress and Freedom

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In this short book Peter Sloterdijk offers a genealogy of the concept of freedom from Ancient Greece to the present day. This genealogy is part of a broader theory of the large political body, according to which Sloterdijk argues that political communities arise in response to a form of anxiety or stress. Through a highly original reading of Rousseau s late Reveries of a S ...more
ebook, 80 pages
Published November 11th 2015 by Polity Press (first published 2011)
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Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Sloterdijk offers this little book as an examination of the two concepts in the title. Both concepts have deep political consequences for our social existence according to PS . Stress brings together individuals into integrated fields that exist to recognize and address conflicts and struggles. These stresses make up, consist of, and maintain society. As Sloterdijk puts it "a nation is a collective that succeeds in jointly keeping uncalm". Media supports this daily process by actively providing ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Excerpt from an email I'd sent regarding the book)

I'd not especially considered the notion of the past-time/passed time as purposefully antagonistic towards the individualistic state, except for maybe in a bit of Foucault and of course Marx, the latter whom I feel strongly informs the soft socialism of this text.

I felt as though the author failed to flesh out the implications of the republicization of the nation-state as arising from the rape of a woman and a subsequent paternalistic/kyriarcha
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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
“[...] aquellos grandes cuerpos políticos que antes llamábamos pueblos y hoy, a razón de una dudosa convención semántica, denominamos "sociedades". Cuando decimos esta palabra solemos pensar en las poblaciones de los estados-nación modernos, por tanto en unidades políticas grandes y muy grandes con volúmenes demográficos de entre unos cuantos millones y mil millones de miembros. [...] el animal fabuloso "sociedad", [...] lo aceptamos como una cosa obvia.” 0 likes
“A mi entender, hay que concebir los macrocuerpos políticos que llamamos sociedades en primer lugar como campos de fuerzas integradas por el estrés, más precisamente como sistemas de preocupaciones que se autoestresan y que se precipitan siempre hacia adelante. Estos sistemas solo existen en la medida que consiguen mantener su 'tonus' específico de intranquilidad mientras los temas cambian diariamente y anualmente. Desde este punto de vista una nación es una colectividad que consigue conservar en común la ausencia de calma. Un flujo constante, más o menos intenso, de temas estresantes ha de encargarse de sincronizar las consciencias para integrar la población en una comunidad de preocupaciones y excitaciones que se regenera día tras día. Es por eso que los medios de información modernos son absolutamente imprescindibles [...]” 0 likes
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