The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a Practice by Peter SloterdijkThe Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a Practice by Peter Sloterdijk

The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a Practice

byPeter SloterdijkTranslated byKaren Margolis

Paperback | October 2, 2012

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In his best-selling book You Must Change Your Life, Peter Sloterdijk argued exercise and practice were crucial to the human condition. In The Art of Philosophy, he extends this critique to academic science and scholarship, casting the training processes of academic study as key to the production of sophisticated thought. Infused with humor and provocative insight, The Art of Philosophy further integrates philosophy and human existence, richly detailing the foundations of this relationship and its transformative role in making the postmodern self.

Sloterdijk begins with Plato's description of Socrates, whose internal monologues were so absorbing they often rooted the philosopher in place. The original academy, Sloterdijk argues, taught scholars to lose themselves in thought, and today's universities continue this tradition by offering scope for Plato's "accommodations for absences." By training scholars to practice thinking as an occupation transcending daily time and space, universities create the environment in which thought makes wisdom possible. Traversing the history of asceticism, the concept of suspended animation, and the theory of the neutral observer, Sloterdijk traces the evolution of philosophical practice from ancient times to today, showing how scholars can remain true to the tradition of "the examined life" even when the temporal dimension no longer corresponds to the eternal. Building on the work of Husserl, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Arendt, and other practitioners of the life of theory, Sloterdijk launches a posthumanist defense of philosophical inquiry and its everyday, therapeutic value.

Peter Sloterdijk is professor of aesthetics and philosophy at the Institute of Design in Karlsruhe and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Recently named one of the world's top intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines, his numerous works include Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation and the best-selli...
Title:The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.07 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231158718

ISBN - 13:9780231158718


Table of Contents

Translator's NoteIntroduction: Theory as a Form of the Life of Practice1. Theory and Asceticism2. The observer has come: The Creation of Persons Fit for Epoché3. Theory and Suspended Animation and Its Metamorphoses4. Cognitive Modernism: The Assassination Attempts on the Neutral ObserverName index

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