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Conversation with Peter Sloterdijk

The Philosopher's Gaze


This dialogue will take up some of the key aspects of the philosophy of one of today’s most influential thinkers, Peter Sloterdijk, who will share his views on the contemporary world with Isidoro Reguera, a philosopher and translator of a good part of Sloterdijk’s philosophical work.

In a context of global crisis, where old models for explaining the world are no longer useful for confronting the emergencies of the present or for coping with the uncertainties of the future, what is needed is a philosophical gaze that is able to embrace complexity and open up new gaps through which to keep posing questions about the human condition and our relationship with the world.

Peter Sloterdijk has built up a genuine, solid philosophy which, not exempt of controversy, is founded on a critique of modernity and the Enlightenment project. Almost four decades after the appearance Critique of Cynical Reason (1983), the book which first made his name, Sloterdijk will reflect on some of the themes he has worked on in his vast oeuvre which is constructed around a phenomenology of human spaces —from the maternal womb through to the globalised world— and focused on new kinds of religiosity, his idea of ethics as anthropotechnics, and the need for a categorical imperative of dignity and survival.

In this dialogue, Sloterdijk will speak with the philosopher Isidoro Reguera, an authority on his work who has translated into Spanish a good part of his philosophical texts.

This activity is associated with the course “Sloterdijk: crisi ecològica i globalització” (Sloterdijk: Ecological Crisis and Globalisation), which was organised by the Barcelona Institute of Humanities and given by the university lecturer Fernando Pérez Borbujo.

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