Spheres: Towards a Techno-Social Ontology of Place/s

Theory, Culture and Society 35 (6):131-152 (2018)

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Sascha Rashof
Goldsmiths College, University of London
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This review presents a systematic reading of Peter Sloterdijk’s Spheres trilogy, as part of a larger project to develop a techno-social ontology of place/s. Arguing against universalising theories of time and space, including Sloterdijk’s own conception of Spheres as ‘Being and Space’, this essay reads the trilogy through a ‘platial’ framework. While commenting on some of the shortcomings of the official English translations, the three volumes are being worked through methodically – Bubbles (micro spherology), Globes (macro spherology) and Foams (plural spherology) – by placing particular emphasis on the third book, where Sloterdijk’s logic of spheres converges. The essay concludes by pointing out the limitation of Spheres as (philosophical) anthropology.
Keywords place  Sloterdijk  ontology  media theory  being-in-the-world  technics
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DOI 10.1177/0263276418757317
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