Sloterdijk’s Immunitary Biopolitics
This chapter is concerned with Peter Sloterdijk’s Heideggerian perspective on developments in biotechnology, which he deems as not only a form of justifying biotechnological “improvements” in humanity but a way of offering wide-ranging explanation of biotechnology presented in a media-logical key. The chapter cites three of Sloterdijk’s texts where he continuously draws upon Heidegger’s reading of technology. The first text is Die letzte Kugel, wherein Sloterdijk adopts a Heideggerian perspective on globalization. The second, Terror from the Air, talks about how separation and its thanatopolitical effects are perceived through a notion of environment and “atmosphere.” The final work, Rage and Time, discusses how thanatopolitics grows out of an impolitical perspective on rage.
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