Living in bubbles: Peter Sloterdijk's spherology and the environmental humanities

Hannes Bergthaller*

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摘要

Everyday parlance assumes that the public is constituted as a "sphere," a "rounded" space encompassing all citizens within a singular horizon of rationality. When the environmental crisis is referred to as a "global" crisis, this is usually taken to entail the imperative to match the public to the planetary sphere, with the health of the planet as the ideal "res publica " around which a global polity must be assembled. This paper provides an outline of the alternative topology of public space which Peter Sloterdijk developed in his Spheres trilogy (1998-2004) and sketches its implications for the environmental humanities. According to Sloterdijk, contemporary world society is best understood as "foamy" or "froth-like": its structure is that of an aggregation of immunological "bubbles," i.e. small-scale spheres of shared concerns and risks, which are mutually constitutive but mutually impermeable. With its attempt to provide a "thick description" of the forms of human inhabitation in their material and semantic specificity, Sloterdijk's spherology makes an important contribution to the environmental humanities.

原文英語
主出版物標題Spaces in-between
主出版物子標題Cultural and Political Perspectives on Environmental Discourse
發行者Brill
頁面163-175
頁數13
2
ISBN(電子)9789004299368
ISBN(列印)9789004298842
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2015 八月 7
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 藝術與人文 (全部)

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