No other philosopher divides opinions quite as much as Peter Sloterdijk. Hans-Jürgen Heinrichs presents us with the first ever comprehensive account of his life and work.
Peter Sloterdijk first became known to a wider audience in the 1980s through his book Critique of Cynical Reason (Kritik der zynischen Vernunft). The title became the bestselling work on philosophy in the German language since the Second World War. Since then, he has inspired and participated in many a public discussion on the future of society and politics, religion, culture and the sciences. Time and again, his ideas have sparked heated debates and helped philosophy to achieve fresh social significance. There have been many criticisms about the fact that is difficult to get a comprehensive overview of his enormous body of work in its entirety and properly evaluate his views in the maze of the countless conflicting positions of his passionate advocates and adversaries. Based on information gleaned from a series of in-depth interviews with the philosopher himself, Hans- Jürgen Heinrichs presents us with the first ever wide-ranging interpretation of Sloterdijk's work in relation to the different stages of his personal development. This book is guaranteed to become indispensable reading for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of Sloterdijk's philosophy and its significance for contemporary thinking.