Ronald Glasbergen in conversation with german philosopher Peter Sloterdijk about his latest book " Die schrecklichen kinder der Neuzeit".
On Sunday, February 2, 2014, in front of the central station of Rotterdam, we find culture critic and philosopher Peter Sloterdijk in the lobby of the Manhattan hotel.
On this windy morning we travel through history.
We talk about the crisis of neoliberalism, Europe in the 20th century and the demise of the last Russian Tsar.
Sloterdijk speaks just as he writes, thoughtful, ejecting sentences on everything that looms as a question before him, connecting the sentences in intricate paragraphs that form a kind of analogous sentence-image of the world. Those in touch with Sloterdijk's metaphysics have pleasure on their side. Those who prefer readymade recipes for saving the world, are less well-catered for.
Peter Sloterdijk became famous as the author of books like "Critique of Cynical Reason" (1983) and "Spheres" (2004). In 2010 he proposed a revolutionary change in an important part of the democratic system: all taxes should be made voluntary by so that the state would be paid by maximally engaged civilians. He presented the TV program Das Philosophical Quartet for german public broadcaster ZDF.
Interview Ronald Glasbergen. Camera Rick Messemaker and Rolf Versteegh. Editing and translation Rolf Versteegh.
The spoken language is German, the interview has English subtitles.