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Volume 73, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 73, 273-284, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-273-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Special issue: Die ungeheuerliche Raumphilosophie von Peter Sloterdijk

Geogr. Helv., 73, 273-284, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-273-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Standard article 18 Oct 2018

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The geography of spheres: an introduction and critical assessment of Peter Sloterdijk's concept of spheres

Huib Ernste Huib Ernste
  • Department of Human Geography, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Abstract. With his three-volume magnum opus on spheres, Peter Sloterdijk introduces a critical philosophical and cultural view of the spatiality of current society. His spatial metaphors serve as an intriguing source for inspiration for geographers. He describes the topological conditions of society by means of three different forms of spherical conditions of life: bubbles, globes, and foams. To understand, assess, and critique our current society we, according to Sloterdijk, need to replace the arrogant and cynical academic view of Plato and his followers with the more serene composure of the kinetic view of Diogenes. In this contribution, on the one hand we shall elaborate the spatial metaphor Sloterdijk uses. On the other hand we want to scrutinise Sloterdijk's ideas by drawing some parallels between his ideas and those of other philosophical anthropological thinkers. Finally, we very briefly want to point to a suitable conceptual framework for empirically investigating the spherology of human being in the world.

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With his magnum opus on Spheres, Peter Sloterdijk introduces a critical philosophical and cultural view on the spatiality of current society. In this contribution we elaborate on the spatial metaphor Sloterdijk uses but also scrutinise Sloterdijk's ideas by drawing some parallels between his ideas and those of other philosophical anthropological thinkers. Finally, we very briefly point to a suitable conceptual framework for investigating the spherology of a human being in the world.
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