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An epic project in both size and purview, Peter Sloterdijk's three-volume, 2,500-page Spheres is the late-twentieth-century bookend to Heidegger's Being and Time. Rejecting the century's predominant philosophical focus on temporality, Sloterdijk, a self-described student of the air, reinterprets the history of Western metaphysics as an inherently spatial and immulogical project, from the discovery of self (bubble) to the exploration of world (globe) to the poetics of plurality (foam). Exploring macro- and micro-space from the Greek agora to the contemporary urban apartment, Sloterdijk is able to synthesize, with immense erudition, the spatial theories of Aristotle, Rene Descartes, Gaston Bachelard, Walter Benjamin, and Georges Bataille into a morphology of shared, or multipolar, dwelling--identifying the question of being as one bound up with the aerial techlogy of architectonics and anthropogenesis. Sloterdijk describes Bubbles, the first volume of Spheres, as a general theory of the structures that allow couplings--or as the book's original intended subtitle put it, an archeology of the intimate. Bubbles includes a wide array of images, t to illustrate Sloterdijk's discourse, but to offer a spatial and visual parallel narrative to his exploration of bubbles. Written over the course of a decade, the Spheres trilogy has waited ather decade for its much-anticipated English translation from Semiotext(e). Volumes II, Globes, and III, Foam, will be published in the coming seasons.
The most celebrated, and often controversial, German philosopher since Jurgen Habermas, Peter Sloterdijk has established an academic career confronting the darkest traditions of European ideology in the twentieth century. His first book, Critique of Cynical Reason remains the best-selling philosophical work in the German language since World War II. Among his other books are Terror from the Air and Neither Sun nor Death, both published by Semiotext(e).