The Art of Philosophy - Wisdom as a Practice
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The Art of Philosophy - Wisdom as a Practice

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Peter Sloterdijk
170 g
205xx mm
I am unaware of any other writer who so successfully merges creative rethinking of the philosophical and religious past. In this respect, I think Sloterdijk's work represents for me something like a gold standard. It is humorous, provocative, and deeply insightful. -- Ward Blanton, University of Glasgow
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 Epoche3. Theory and Suspended Animation and Its Metamorphoses4. Cognitive Modernism: The Assassination Attempts on the Neutral ObserverName index
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. 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.