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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 immunological 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, René 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 technology 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, not 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 another decade for its much-anticipated English translation from Semiotext(e). Volumes II, Globes, and III, Foam, will be published in the coming seasons.
Table of Contents
|Preliminary Note||p. 9|
|Introduction: The Allies; or, The Breathed Commune||p. 17|
|Preliminary Reflections: Thinking the Interior||p. 83|
|Heart Operation; or, On the Eucharistic Excess||p. 101|
|Between Faces||p. 139|
|On the Appearance of the Interfacial Intimate Sphere|
|Humans in the Magic Circle||p. 207|
|On the Intellectual History of the Fascination with Closeness|
|Thought Transmission||p. 263|
|The Retreat Within the Mother||p. 269|
|Groundwork for a Negative Gynecology|
|Nobjects and Un-Relationships||p. 291|
|On the Revision of Psychoanalytical Stage Theory|
|The Egg Principle||p. 323|
|Internalization and Encasement|
|"In Dasein There Lies an Essential Tendency towards Closeness."||p. 333|
|Heidegger's Doctrine of Existential Place|
|The Primal Companion||p. 343|
|Requiem for a Discarded Organ|
|The Black Plantation||p. 397|
|A Note on Trees of Life and Enlivenment Machines|
|Soul Partitions||p. 413|
|Spheric Mourning||p. 459|
|On Nobject Loss and the Difficulty of Saying What Is Missing|
|On the Difference Between an Idiot and an Angef||p. 471|
|The Siren Stage||p. 477|
|On the First Sonospheric Alliance|
|Illiterate Truths||p. 521|
|A Note on Oral Fundamentalism|
|Where Lacan Starts to Go Wrong||p. 533|
|Closer to Me Than I Am Myself||p. 539|
|A Theological Preparation for the Theory of the Shared Inside|
|Matris in gremio||p. 619|
|A Mariological Cricket|
|Transition: On Ecstatic Immanence||p. 625|
|Photographic Credits||p. 664|
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