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Can the technology revolution bring us out of disability?

ESSAY / Today, the extreme state is different than in the post-war period, when Sartre and Heidegger wrote about anxiety and authenticity. The existential threat today lies primarily in an uncertain planetary future.

The essay of the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk The human greenhouse, which was first published 20 years ago, is now also published in an essay collection about Martin Heidegger under the title «Domestication of Aries» [See also leader page 2]. Whether these two titles at first glance seem different, they of course point to the same thing – that man understood both as a biological being and as a being who is open to Aries, is a product of a kind of domestication, an emigration from nature into a kind greenhouse.

Much of the content of the extremely condensed essay, sandwiched between other key works in Sloterdijk's most productive years, was later expanded into the enormous three-volume work spheres, which is about how the spaces we create around us, also create and reshape us. The home, domus, is a product of a technical mastery of the environment. For Sloterdijk, domestication becomes another name for whether human prehistory and history so far also point to the future of man, something he more than suggests in the subtitle – "key words to a historical and prophetic anthropology". Do we then find any answer in Sloterdijk's text to the question of where man is going, prophecies about man future? How can the answer to the question of the future of man, and perhaps of what Heidegger referred to as Aries, lie in domestication? Is man really as one greenhousegrowth?

We know the juxtaposition of man with greenhouse plants and useful plants, dogs and cows Nietzsche, who tended to see the taming of man. . .

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Anders Dunker
Philosopher. Regular literary critic in Ny Tid. Translator.

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