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Critique of Cynical Reason by Peter Sloterdijk

This book was sitting down low on the pile of my chair's wide arm rest, it is a book i've tried a few times to read, as it is a Nietzschean book and is in some ways funny, it's done in a Diogenes way in response (i don't really understand, but like to use words that make it seem like i do) to Immanuel Kant.

Long ago i tried to read Kant, and it was darn well impossible, Nietzsche whom i genuinely enjoy had a fun way of thinking about him, and i remember the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance spoke alluringly about him, that understanding Kant, is like understanding how the mind functions. That doesn't make it easier for me at least. Now i'm coming back to this Sloterdijk volume having successfully completed a few novels and wanting to test out my reading muscles. I'll only read about an hour a day from it, it is about 550 pages, so i might be able to hopefully finish before my next order, could it sway me to buy differently? I am in a sense daring Peter, c'mon man, give me your best shot, PUNK!

So here as i go through it when i find a sentence that i find arresting or interesting will quote it on this post.

[quote]page xxxii PREFACE -- "Because everything has become problematic, everything is also somehow a matter of indifference" [/quote]

On one of my few replies to a post today, must have been about 10 hours ago, i referenced the doomed to repeat history argument, with a counter argument that it doesn't really matter motif, which here in this quote finds another form of expression etcetera ..... more to come if i can, i'm done my daily quota of Critical theory philosophical musings, it's much better than Kant, but not as fun as say Spengler, who i also haven't finished yet. Also related readings would be Musil's biggie, and Stirner's one hit wonder, which i did finish, but just barely, and could use a 2nd reading for sure, the Foreward to this present volume mentions Stirner kinda off handedly, like as if this shit goes way beyond that rudimentary balderdash.

[quote][b]xxxiv PREFACE -- "Cynicism ventures forth with naked truths that, in the way they are presented, contain something false."[/b]
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in context he's describing a lecture Adorno made while some of his feminine audience exposed their breasts.
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
I got halfway his "bubbles" book and I watched some of his conversations that are on youtube. The man is not an easy read and beyond my level. I either need to read it again or read some other authors that he uses to understand the entire argument.
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
[@919584,TeaNTea] Oh, I've seen that guy a long long long long long time ago. But I can't tell you if I like him or not, since it's been to long. Then I have to watch some of his vids.

But now, I'm off to bed.

Hope you have a nice one, and enjoy your book.
[@421865,Kwek00] GN, thanks my friend :)
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
[@919584,TeaNTea] can't sleep. But thx!
Nietzsche is not really someone who thinks the way I do but his work can be interesting for a change of perspective and to turn things over in your mind in interesting ways. For example the story that explains the statement "God is dead" is thought provoking even though I am not sure I agree with his conclusions.
[@346344,PicturesOfABetterTomorrow] That is one of his most interesting things he says, people erroneously think he's being obnoxiously atheistic there, but it's more about how society is, that 'we' have killed what was most holy, what modernism in essence is, and how to go forth from that, with a realization that ought to be daunting in as much as it is liberating.
[@919584,TeaNTea] Also, most people like to take that statement out of context and slap it on a T shirt to be edgy and have never read the pretty well thought out argument behind it. And according to my friend who has a Master's in Philosophy (was looking into a doctorate last we talked) that story was also a not so subtle dig at a competing school of philosophy too so works on multiple levels.
I'm intrigued. Adding this book to my "to-read" list. As someone who is very cynical, perhaps I could do with a critique.
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
[@1163114,SageTheProblemChild] If you want to be bombarded by depressive ideas, don't forget to read: "Arthur Schopenhauer".
[@1163114,SageTheProblemChild] Also of note, and a bit more accessible is Thomas Ligotti's Conspiracy Against the Human Race. An inspiration for the True Detective 1st season HBO program.

 
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