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  • Copyright: 2011-10-14
  • Publisher: Semiotext
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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 Notep. 9
Introduction: The Allies; or, The Breathed Communep. 17
Preliminary Reflections: Thinking the Interiorp. 83
Heart Operation; or, On the Eucharistic Excessp. 101
Between Facesp. 139
On the Appearance of the Interfacial Intimate Sphere
Humans in the Magic Circlep. 207
On the Intellectual History of the Fascination with Closeness
Thought Transmissionp. 263
The Retreat Within the Motherp. 269
Groundwork for a Negative Gynecology
Nobjects and Un-Relationshipsp. 291
On the Revision of Psychoanalytical Stage Theory
The Egg Principlep. 323
Internalization and Encasement
"In Dasein There Lies an Essential Tendency towards Closeness."p. 333
Heidegger's Doctrine of Existential Place
The Primal Companionp. 343
Requiem for a Discarded Organ
The Black Plantationp. 397
A Note on Trees of Life and Enlivenment Machines
Soul Partitionsp. 413
Spheric Mourningp. 459
On Nobject Loss and the Difficulty of Saying What Is Missing
On the Difference Between an Idiot and an Angefp. 471
The Siren Stagep. 477
On the First Sonospheric Alliance
Illiterate Truthsp. 521
A Note on Oral Fundamentalism
Where Lacan Starts to Go Wrongp. 533
Closer to Me Than I Am Myselfp. 539
A Theological Preparation for the Theory of the Shared Inside
Matris in gremiop. 619
A Mariological Cricket
Transition: On Ecstatic Immanencep. 625
Notesp. 633
Photographic Creditsp. 664
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