Joshua Mostafa on Peter Sloterdijk’s Bubbles

Joshua Mostafa on Peter Sloterdijk’s Bubbles from the LA Review of BooksSphere Theory: A Case For Connectedness (21 Aug. 2012).

[Bubbles] is . . . the first volume to be translated of Sloterdijk’s Spheres trilogy: the other two are due for an English release over the next year or two. Each volume uses the motif of the “sphere” in different yet complementary ways to refer to “spaces of coexistence” between and among human beings. Bubbles is devoted to micro-spheres, the most intimate of originary spaces: the womb; the relationship between lovers; and that between God and the human subject. The second and third volumes deal with other kinds of spheres: the world considered as a single cosmopolitan macro-sphere, and then our contemporary decentralized network of social and cultural spheres, in which the concept of a central, self-structuring totality — religion, myth, science, enlightenment — has collapsed, and we find ourselves living in a complex sea of fragmentary yet contiguous spheres, which Sloterdijk likens to a “foam.”

See my “Peter Sloterdijk in English.”


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