Date of Original Version

1994

Type

Book Chapter

Rights Management

All Rights Reserved

Abstract or Description

Cynicism, Peter Sloterdijk has suggested, is one of the fundamental categories of modern existence. But what is cynicism? Sloterdijk defines cynicism as "enlightened false consciousness," an intentionally paradoxical term which rel quires explanation. Sloterdijk's definition has two fundamental constituting parts, "enlightenment" and "false consciousness."

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