Thursday, April 19th, 2018
University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, Aula, KOL-G-201
Professor Peter Sloterdijk
Philosopher and cultural scientist
Pressure on the liberal democratic model arises from instances of authoritarian capitalism or from theatrics and egotism in parties – in addition to fundamental structural issues including a preference for the rule of the few rather than the many, the treasury over civil society, rule at times by means of fear and intimidation, and mobilisation using populist methods We have to pull away the masks that disguise the prevailing circumstances as democracy if we are to truly understood what democracy could be beyond oligocracy, fiscocracy, mobocracy and phobocracy: A well-meaning battle, free from fear, to optimise the means used in the pursuit of the common good.
The lecture is open to the public. No advance booking required. No seat reservation possible.*
Peter Sloterdijk, born in 1947, is one of the most renowned philosophers and essayists in the German language. From 1992 to 2016 he was Professsor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, of which he was also rector from 2001 to 2015. He co-hosted the television programme Das Philosophische Quartett (‘The Philosophical Quartet’) on ZDF along with Rüdiger Safranski from 2002 to 2012. His most recent publications include: You must change your life. (2009) , Zeilen und Tage (‘Lines and Days’, 2012), Die schrecklichen Kinder der Neuzeit (‘The Terrible Children of the Modern Age’, 2014), Das Schellingprojekt (‘The Schelling Project’, 2016) and Nach Gott (‘After God’, 2017). Peter Sloterdijk received numerous awards, including the Ludwig-Börne-Preis (2013) and the Helmuth Plessner Award 2017.