Rage and Time by Peter Sloterdijk
A Psychopolitical Investigation (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

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While ancient civilizations worshipped strong, active emotions, modern societies have favored more peaceful attitudes, especially within the democratic process. We have largely forgotten the struggle to make use of thymos, the part of the soul that, following Plato, contains spirit, pride, and indignation. Rather, Christianity and psychoanalysis have promoted mutual understanding to overcome conflict. Through unique examples, Peter Sloterdijk, the preeminent posthumanist, argues exactly the opposite, showing how the history of Western civilization can be read as a suppression and return of rage.

By way of reinterpreting the Iliad, Alexandre Dumas's Count of Monte Cristo, and recent Islamic political riots in Paris, Sloterdijk proves the fallacy that rage is an emotion capable of control. Global terrorism and economic frustrations have rendered strong emotions visibly resurgent, and the consequences of violent outbursts will determine international relations for decades to come. To better respond to rage and its complexity, Sloterdijk daringly breaks with entrenched dogma and contructs a new theory for confronting conflict. His approach acknowledges and respects the proper place of rage and channels it into productive political struggle.


About Peter Sloterdijk

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The most celebrated, and often controversial, German philosopher since Jürgen 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).
Published April 23, 2010 by Columbia University Press. 258 pages
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A brilliant and conceptually rich analysis of the influence of rage on the development of Western culture. Tracing rage from its earliest Greek articulation as Thymos in the <EMPHASIS TYPE=ITALIC

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