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Critique of Cynical Reason (Theory and History of Literature, Volume 40) Paperback – February 1, 1988
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Things are off to a very slow start though. The first 260 page (pagination of the German edition) "short" part I is rather forgettable and unfocused. Sloterdijk early on defines cynicism unhelpfully as "enlightened false consciousness" this perhaps a kynic definition in itself once we find out that he isn't a Marxist at all. It allows him to go into detail about how enlightenment has presented itself in a variety of areas as well as the development of consciousness to a polemic consciousness. Once we get to the massive part II things come into focus. It consists of 4 parts--the physiognomic (yes, physiognomic), phenomenological, logical, and historical main parts. It is rather surprising to find a 200-page part on history since for the previous 700 pages we've already been dealing extensively with history as Sloterdijk enjoys nothing more than analyses and critique of history.Read more ›
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I'm convinced - Kynicism might just be my antidote to the impersonal distanced culture of today. Working on the practicalities of it...... cheekiness is my second nature.....Published 7 months ago by Emma Coddington
"The fertile ground for cynicism in modern times is to be found not only in urban culture but also in the courtly sphere. Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by R. Shackelford