Starting April 27, 2017…
Metapsychosis: Readers Underground is hosting a group reading of Peter Sloterdijk’s magnum opus Spheres, beginning with Volume I: Bubbles: Microspherology.
Cultural scholar John David Ebert and Metapsychosis creative director Marco V Morelli will host a series of 9 live video conversations (one on each major section of the book), in addition to online discussions in our forum at InfiniteConversations.com.
Here’s John and Marco introducing the upcoming reading:
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Start Date: April 27, 2017
We’ll do one live video conversation every two weeks using our Zoom video conferencing account. The first live event is on April 27, 12 PM Mountain Time (time-zone conversion.)
All live conversations will take place every other Thursday at 12 pm MDT, unless otherwise indicated. See the full reading schedule ».
These will be collaborative dialogues. After a brief introduction by JDE to the pages we’re covering, we will open up the conversation and invite all to join in.
There will be a dedicated channel for Sloterdijk/Spheres on InfiniteConversations.com.
Each major section will have an open topic created by the moderator and posted each week. Readers are welcome and encouraged to expand the conversation with their own topics and replies.
About the Book
If I had to place a sign of my own at the entrance to this trilogy, it would be this: let no one enter who is unwilling to praise transference and to refute loneliness.
An epic project in both size and purview, Peter Sloterdijk’s three-volume, 2,500-page Spheres is the late-twentieth-century bookend to Heidegger’s Being and Time. Rejecting the century’s predominant philosophical focus on temporality, Sloterdijk, a self-described “student of the air,” reinterprets the history of Western metaphysics as an inherently spatial and immunological project, from the discovery of self (bubble) to the exploration of world (globe) to the poetics of plurality (foam). Exploring macro- and micro-space from the Greek agora to the contemporary urban apartment, Sloterdijk is able to synthesize, with immense erudition, the spatial theories of Aristotle, René Descartes, Gaston Bachelard, Walter Benjamin, and Georges Bataille into a morphology of shared, or multipolar, dwelling–identifying the question of being as one bound up with the aerial technology of architectonics and anthropogenesis.
Sloterdijk describes Bubbles, the first volume of Spheres, as a general theory of the structures that allow couplings–or as the book’s original intended subtitle put it, an “archeology of the intimate.” Bubbles includes a wide array of images, not to illustrate Sloterdijk’s discourse, but to offer a spatial and visual “parallel narrative” to his exploration of bubbles.
About the Author
Peter Sloterdijk (b. 1947) is one of the best known and widely read German intellectuals writing today. His 1983 publication of Critique of Cynical Reason (published in English in 1988) became the best-selling German book of philosophy since World War II. He became president of the State Academy of Design at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe in 2001. He has been cohost of a discussion program, Der Philosophische Quartett (Philosophical Quartet) on German television since 2002.
John David Ebert is a cultural critic and author of 19 books, including Art After Metaphysics, The Age of Catastrophe and The New Media Invasion. He is also the author of the Scene-by-Scene series, the most recent of which are Videodrome Scene-by-Scene and Blade Runner Scene-by-Scene. His websites are cinemadiscourse.com and also culturaldiscourse.com. He has free lectures on various philosophers such as Jean Gebser and Martin Heidegger on YouTube.
Marco V Morelli is the founder and CCO of Cosmos Cooperative and creative director of Metapsychosis Journal. He studied Philosophy and Comparative Literature at Binghamton University, and worked for Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute from 2003 to 2007, co-authoring the book Integral Life Practice, before leaving to follow the pathways of art. He is currently at work on a new book of poems, stories, and essays titled I AM THE SINGULARITY.
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Read John David Ebert’s review of Bubbles.
Watch John David Ebert’s introductory video series on Spheres: