Location of Repository

Different atmospheres : of Sloterdijk, China, and site

By N. J. Thrift


This paper begins with an appreciation and critique of the remarkable work of Peter Sloterdijk which makes it possible to open up a number of issues concerning philosophy and its relation to the social sciences and humanities, most particularly concerning the role of evidence and the pervasiveness of Eurocentrism. In particular, the paper argues that it is possible to think of different ways of raising the spectre of space which are as plausible as the account provided by Sloterdijk’s spatial philosophy/philosophy of space. Navigating by the compass of classical Chinese civilisation, I proceed to sketch out a different diagnosis from that of Sloterdijk of how space is being materialised in contemporary Euro-American cultures. Drawing on logographic traditions of writing the world, I argue that, rather than describing what is now being produced by capitalism and other actors as a warehoused world full of lost souls, it is possible to think of different means of describing how the future is being scripted. \u

Topics: B1
Publisher: Pion Ltd.
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:579

Suggested articles



  1. (1937/2004) The Silent Traveller in Lakeland. doi
  2. (1938/2002) The Silent Traveller in London. doi
  3. (1944/2003) The Silent Traveller in Oxford. doi
  4. (2008a) ‘I just don’t know what got into me’ doi
  5. (2008c) ‘The material practices of glamour’ doi
  6. (2000). (ed) Wen Fu. The Art of Writing.
  7. (2008). A perfect innovation engine. The rise of the talent world’ doi
  8. (2006). A Philosophy of Gardens. doi
  9. (1998). A Philosophy of Mass Art. doi
  10. (2005). Air (or Have Not Have).
  11. (2005). Animals in Translation. Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour. doi
  12. (2007). Authenticity. What Consumers Really Want. doi
  13. (2008). Benjamin’s–abilities. doi
  14. (2003). Between Heaven and Earth, A History of Chinese Writing.
  15. (2007). Brandscapes. Architecture in the Experience Economy. doi
  16. (1973). Chinese Calligraphy. An Introduction to Its Aesthetic and Technique.
  17. (2007). Cognitive Variations. Reflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind. doi
  18. (2008). Culture is an observance’: Ludwig Wittgenstein and the anthropotechnics of ethical life’. Paper presented at a Conference at the
  19. (2007). Empire of Great Brightness. doi
  20. (1989). Eurotaoismus. Zur Kritik einer Politischen Kinetik.
  21. (2007). Everyday Aesthetics. doi
  22. (2006). Evolutionary psychology of spatial representations in the hominidae’ doi
  23. (2007). Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things. Cambridge, doi
  24. (2007). Global Subjects. A Political Critique of Globalization. Cambridge,
  25. (2001). Graffiti and the Writing Arts of Early Modern England. doi
  26. (2006). Grammars of Space. Explorations in Cognitive Diversity.Cambridge, doi
  27. (1987). Heidegger and Asian Thought. doi
  28. (1996). Heidegger’s Hidden Sources. East Asian Influences on His Work. doi
  29. (2006). Heidegger’s Hut. doi
  30. (2007). Heidegger’s Topology. doi
  31. (2002). Humain, Inhumain, Trop Humain. Réflexions Philosophiques sur Les Biotechnologies, La Vie et La Conservation de Soi à Partir de l’Oeuvre de Peter Sloterdijk.
  32. (2007). Landscapes of Taste. The Art of Humphry Repton’s Red Books.
  33. (2008). Leibniz and China. A Commerce of Light. Cambridge, doi
  34. (2007). Lines. A Brief History. doi
  35. (1986). Literacy and scientific notations’ in
  36. (1998). Literacy in the Middle Ages.
  37. (2000). Making Space. The Development of Spatial Representation and Reasoning.
  38. (2008). Memory Practices in the Sciences. doi
  39. (2006). Mobilization of the planet from the spirit of selfintensification’ doi
  40. (2004). Modernist ruins, filmic archaeologies’ in Jane and Louise Wilson: A Free and Anonymous Monument.
  41. (2007). Non-Representational Theory. doi
  42. (1967). Of Grammatology. doi
  43. (2008). On Deep History and the Brain. doi
  44. (2003). On the Way to Language. doi
  45. (2006). Persistence/Transformation. Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing. doi
  46. (1997). Pictures and Visuality in Modern China. doi
  47. (2008). Proust and the Squid. The Story of Science and the Reading Brain. doi
  48. (2005). Reassembling the Social. doi
  49. (2003). Space in Language and Cognition. Cambridge, doi
  50. (2004). Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese: Text and Cognition. doi
  51. (1998). Spatial Representation in Animals.
  52. (1993). Spatial Representation. doi
  53. (1999). Sphären II.
  54. (1991). Superfluous Things. Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China. doi
  55. (2000). Ten Thousand Things. Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art. doi
  56. (2001). The Art of Xu Bing. Words without Meaning, Meaning without Words. doi
  57. (1960). The Chinese Eye. An Interpretation of Chinese Painting. doi
  58. (2008). The Comfort of Things. Cambridge, doi
  59. (1998). The Confusions of Pleasure. Commerce and Culture in Ming China. doi
  60. (2003). The Darker Side of the Renaissance. Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization. (Second Edition) Ann Arbor, doi
  61. (2008). The Female Complaint. The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture. doi
  62. (2007). The Impossible Nude.
  63. (1978). The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci.
  64. (2007). The Origins of Meaning. Language in the Light of Evolution. doi
  65. (1994). The Philosophical Writings of Descartes. Cambridge, doi
  66. (2004). The Sense of an Interior.
  67. (1948). The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh. doi
  68. (2007). The Virtual Life of Film. doi
  69. (2008). The Woman Who Discovered Printing. doi
  70. (2008). Theorising dyslexia with Connolly and Haraway’ doi
  71. (2006). Topographies. doi
  72. (2007). Violence. Six Sideways Reflections. doi
  73. (2007). Vital Nourishment. Departing From Happiness. doi
  74. (2007). What happened to the twentieth century? En route to a critique of extremist reason’ doi
  75. (2005). Where Heaven and Earth Meet. Xu Bing and Cai Guo-Quiang.
  76. (2008). Writing moods’ in DeLue,
  77. (1994). Writing Without Words. Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica and the Andes. doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.