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Stress and Freedom 1st Edition
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"In this essay on the meaning of freedom today Peter Sloterdijk offers a stunning account of our post-modern predicaments. He writes as ever with polemical verve and great wit, tracing an aberrant freedom from the dissidence of Rousseau's figure of the solitary walker to the existential principles of Beckett's neglected first play Eleutheria. The result is an impassioned tour de force in defence of freedom and a call for a renewed ethic of liberality and generosity. This is a must read."
Keith Ansell-Pearson, University of Warwick
About the Author
- Item Weight : 10 ounces
- Paperback : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0745699294
- ISBN-13 : 978-0745699295
- Dimensions : 4.9 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
- Publisher : Polity; 1st edition (December 14, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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the republic we learn has toxins,illegitimates and criminals all who pose vent their anger and rage in various guises and alchemical forms. He treats the socio-political, the Bio-Mass reality as this alchemic toxin, something rather to domesticate,harvest and cordon into ''stables'' striations of cognitive thought ; chattel together differing realities, this is his reactionary conservative stance, where celebrated writers as Heidegger, Arnold Gehlan, and Cioran are all vibrant mentors.
Here he tries to make a case for liberal democracy, and the neo-liberal order which has brought nothing but prosperity and permanent control for a select few, at the highest price for those on the bottom, who he seldom speaks about...He tries to avoid that discourse, that of Karl Marx, or even Left Hegelians, this register represents toxins as well, and he forever reminds his readers of the historical genocides under communist regimes, while never mentioning those under the imperial west, the colonization genocides; and communism,I'd add Herr Sloterdijk those realities have come to an end, while the other Imperial (the Atlantic Alliances)(what was) this half is still up and practicing genocide,utilizing medicine,patents health care and food as weapons throughout the underdeveloped globe; and let's not forget eternal war round the globe; these are all realities he avoids. perhaps too dirty and odious a subject for his refined scholarly pen. while monitoring deep financial crisis.
Instead he adopts the vacuous jargons or "Rage"(his previous book some decade ago), and here "Stress" to probe deep it's (so he thinks) Bio-Mass what plagues and motivates humanity to walk in the streets at great peril.
So in this context how can he pretend to speak of redoing this unnurtured subjectivity to fruition of the ordinary citizen under the "Exceptional State", is beyond me.
Subjectivity we learn has "stress" points, and this is what needs to be eradicated, if a thriving republic is to survive.
One of the more fascinating sections within these short essays is how this subjectivity is the site the substance materials for exploitation and colonization, although he doesn't use those terms....this subjectivity has been unleashed within the corridors of modernity within the neo-liberal or late capitalism order', We have glorious categories for this subjectivity to practice, to become one self; everyday, something he learned from Heidegger, that our Being is transformed in Time, it unfolds in time. . . . because of time... so creativity and art, literature, cinema, and vulgar selfies of every shape and order is how it is controlled via the realities of technology and internet use, gaming, research,tribal networks fake news clubbing, real news, discussion and pornography.
So the problem then is how to transcend this tyranny, and Sloterdijk offers not returning to Neo-liberlism, the right now only show it town.
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Reading on, eventually, I found the discussion of the concept of freedom in ancient Rome and Greece quite pleasant to read. But as soon as Sloterdijk expresses his own thoughts, it gets wordy. He proceeds to blame Russeau for modern humans selfish ideas of what freedom means; again, this being descriptive, he delivers surprisingly clear of baggage. Until he offers his own thoughts, that is. And, there is an arbitrariness in what (Rousseau's cherished moments of 'reverie's in a boat on lake Biel) he chooses as fundamental for his understanding of what freedom means to contemporary people: "Henceforth, the only people who could call themselves free would be those who succeeded in attending to themselves in such a way that the source of a feeling of existence began to flow inside them - not in the mode of boredom as in Heidegger, nor in the mode of nausea as expanded by Sartre, but with the timbre of quiet euphoria that manifests an immaterial affirmation of the total situation before any articulated agreement with one or the other." Aargh, really, is it just me? I might just have to attend to my feeling of existence in such a way as to find the timbre of a quiet euphoria that manifests an immaterial affirmation of my life apart from reading this booklet. ... (I deleted my first comment because I assume it was the reason the review was rejected)
"in technical language, an anti tyrannical revolt means a 'maximal stress cooperation' by the dominated to eliminate an intolerable burden imposed by the dominant." Oh, for heaven's sake. What I'm doing at the moment is "intuitively recalculating (my) stress balance at (this) critical moment and reach the conclusion that existence in the attitude of submissive stress avoidance is ultimately more costly than the stress of rebellion." end quote and end of this review. dear-ee-me. (swear words deleted, so hopefully, this review will be acceptable, now.
Sloterdijk takes us through a brief but at times intensely thought-provoking journey through the issues as he charts the development of societies through the inherent stresses within them. Well worth a look.
Every one of the 57 pages is thus worth reading, and it would easily be possible to read this in one sitting.
And, despite some flowery language at times, Sloterdijk takes the reader through an incisive, original argument for the nature of freedom and it's consequences for or behaviour towards ourselves and others with real skill.
One of the clearest, most original philosophy books I've read for years... This one will stay with me. Recommended!
The book will appeal to students and scholars in philosophy and the humanities and to anyone interested in contemporary philosophy and critical theory.
I don't think it would have much if any appeal to the general reader.