, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 253-257
Date: 30 Apr 2011

Peter Sloterdijk: Rage and time: A psychopolitical investigation. Mario Wenning (trans.)

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Within the context of the return to sweeping conceptual histories—whether of the epochal (Antonio Negri, Phillip Bobbitt) or encyclopedic (Jonathan Israel) variety—Peter Sloterdijk’s Rage and Time (in German, Zorn und Zeit) occupies a unique position. As a Nietzschean, Sloterdijk is committed to genealogical practice as a way of allowing history its ‘relevance for life.’ But, unlike Foucault, his approach is not archival. The reader is thus treated to something approaching a ‘Nietzschean big history.’ If this seems paradoxical, it is nonetheless in keeping with Sloterdijk’s essayistic and provocative style—one familiar to English-speaking readers from his two mid-1980s texts Critique of Cynical Reason and Thinker on Stage: Nietzsche’s Materialism (both published by Minnesota Press). Crucial to Sloterdijk’s approach is the ability to survey from a distance in order to cast a glance at both the prior and ensuing conceptual horizons. A somewhat idiosyncratic figure within the German Unive...