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The main theses of Stoterdijk's You Must Change Your Life

This is the fourth set of reflections on Peter Sloterdijk’s You Must Change Your Life: On Anthropotechnics (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013). The first set of reflections can be read  461 more words

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Conversion and elitism: A propaedeutic to reading Stoterdijk's You Must Change Your Life

This is the third set of reflections on Peter Sloterdijk’s You Must Change Your Life: On Anthropotechnics (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013). In the post below, I am tacking back, by way of Charles Taylor’s work, in order to understand how Stoterdijk arrived at his version of neo-Nietzschean elitism. 678 more words

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'All education is conversion': Reflections on Stoterdijk's You Must Change Your Life

This is the second set of reflections on Peter Sloterdijk’s You Must Change Your Life: On Anthropotechnics (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013). The first set can be read… 757 more words

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'You must change your life' or 'You must change life'?

This is the first set of reflections on Peter Sloterdijk’s You Must Change Your Life: On Anthropotechnics (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013).

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‘You must change your life,’ writes Peter Sloterdijk in his eponymous book of philosophy. 621 more words

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'Going slowly, we avoid disaster...'

Going slowly, we avoid disaster. Going fast, we court it.

Looking at things impartially, we understand them clearly. There is no room for harm or for complaints or for ‘voices’ to be ‘heard.’ We do not churn with things or vent them or spew them out; we do not turn with them because they do not turn in us. 244 more words

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Philosophical Portraiture: 'The Inner Citadel'

Two faces of the ‘Inner Citadel,’ a philosophical portrait drawn in charcoal by Aleksandra Marcella Lauro. (The reference is to Pierre Hadot’s book on Marcus Aurelius.)

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Concordance: The world's beauty and beauty of soul

There is a concordance between the world’s beauty and the beauty of one’s soul.

Beauty makes itself available.

Only, the soul must be ready.

The ready soul is a beautiful soul. 14 more words

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