Peter Sloterdijk’s Technopolitics. How Technology Redesigns the Environment and the Polis

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Cecilia Della Torre

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This paper will analyse the role played by technology in Peter Sloterdijk’s theory, where he seeks to redefine and reconstruct ethics, society and democracy. Indeed, the philosopher’s project is to build a new kind of society, which risks being antidemocratic and elitist: technopolitics. This lemma refers to Sloterdijk’s reconfiguration of the social structure through the elimination of the human rights paradigm in a technological and anti-egalitarian manner. In order to do this, Sloterdijk redesigns the environment as a dangerous place whose rules cannot be followed, and which must be reshaped through technology. Hence, the philosopher reduces ethics to technology, and reinterprets society on the basis of new techno-ethical premises which support a hierarchical and selective new polis.

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Della Torre, C. (2020). Peter Sloterdijk’s Technopolitics. How Technology Redesigns the Environment and the Polis. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 11(2), 38-53. https://doi.org/10.14746/eip.2020.2.4
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Cecilia Della Torre, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano

Cecilia della Torre is a PhD Philosophy candidate at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. Her research area is concerned with the field of philosophical practice, with particular attention to philosophical counselling. The focus of her doctoral project is the elaboration of a phenomenology of moral life related to philosophical practice and its possible biopolitical implications. Previous publication: Dal venire al mondo al venire alla tecnica. Il rovesciamento bioetico di Peter Sloterdijk.

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