Die postfaktische Welt der Analphabetenwahrheiten

Břetislav Horyna

Abstract


The essay, celebrating the 70th birthday of the German author, essayist and philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, focuses on the main discrepancies in his opinions in the period between his Critique of Cynical Reason (1983) and the current social-critical and political engagement (Die nehmende Hand und die gebende Seite, 2010 - Was geschah im 20. Jahrhundert?, 2016, including his confrontational polemics in the journal Cicero between 2014–2017). The author poses two questions: a) Did Sloterdijk’s readers consider his opinions a genuine critical philosophy, while they concealed what Hegel marked as “gloss of uncommonness“ of original conservativism? b) When and how can philosophical theories achieve an acceptable level of trustworthiness? The answers mark the determinants of Sloterdijk’s anthropology, generally falling under the concept of “Anthropocene“ and relying on several theories. The author highlights Sloterdijk’s theory of borders and his economic theory of the replacement of the tax system by a system of donation and charity. He also points out that Sloterdijk does not present any relevant arguments or explanations of practical implications of his theories. Instead he limits himself to moralistic and journalistic claims.


Keywords


anthropocene, gloss of uncommonness, territorial conservativism, cynical reason, trustworthiness

https://doi.org/10.5817/pf17-3-1649

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Aristoteles (1995): Physik, Felix Meiner Verlag.

Sloterdijk, P. (2005): Streß und Freiheit, Suhrkamp Verlag.

Sloterdijk, P. (2010): Die nehmende Hand und die gebende Seite. Beiträge zu einer Debatte über die demokratische Neubegründung von Steuern, Suhrkamp Verlag.

Sloterdijk, P. (2012): Zeilen und Tage. Notizen 2008 – 2011. Suhrkamp Verlag.

Peter Sloterdijk im Gespräch mit Rainer Burchardt: Die Europäer definieren sich selber als gutartig, in Deutschlandfunk 30.7.2015, [Zugriff vom 2017-04-10], erreichbar unter:

Sloterdijk, P. (2016): Was geschah im 20. Jahrhundert? Suhrkamp Verlag.





Published by the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
ISSN: 1212-9097