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date: 25 October 2020

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Peter Sloterdijk is a German philosopher and public intellectual whose work constitutes an original philosophy of becoming, of processes of formation and self-formation. Due to his wide-ranging interests––he has been called a ‘morphological thinker’ and a ‘trainee’ experimenting with new forms and combinations of thought––and his outspoken disdain for the ‘scholastic aberrance’ of institutional philosophy, Sloterdijk has become a singular and contested figure in the intellectual landscape. This chapter examines Sloterdijk’s body of thought and its relevance to organization studies, especially with regard to embodiment, space, affect, and a scholarly ethics of generosity. In particular, it discusses his notions of ‘coming-into-the-world’ and relational movement, cynicism and kynicism, anthropotechnics and acrobatics, spatiality and (atmo)sphere, and thymotic energies and psychopolitics.

Keywords: Peter Sloterdijk, philosophy, process, embodiment, space, affect, atmosphere, kynicism, cynicism, organization studies

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