Rage and Time

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Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation
Zorn und Zeit.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorPeter Sloterdijk
Original titleZorn und Zeit. Politisch-psychologischer Versuch
TranslatorMario Wenning
PublisherSuhrkamp Verlag
Publication date
September 2006
Published in English
April 2010

Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation (German: Zorn und Zeit. Politisch-psychologischer Versuch) is a 2006 book by the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk. It traces the role and prevalence of rage in Western history, starting with the Thumos described by Homer in the Iliad. Sloterdijk argues that a productive form of rage has been suppressed by first Christianity and then psychoanalysis.

An English translation by Mario Wenning was published in 2010.[1]


  • Rage transactions
  • The wrathful god: the discovery of the metaphysical revenge bank
  • The rage revolution: on the communist world bank of rage
  • The dispersion of rage in the era of the center
  • Conclusion: beyond resentment


Julia Encke of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung gave Sloterdijk the label of a "democratically thinking Nietzsche reader" due to his search for a rage free from ressentiment, and wrote that the book was "a first step" toward such a thing.[2] Publishers Weekly called the book "a brilliant and conceptually rich analysis of the influence of rage on the development of Western culture". The critic continued: "Though frequently hampered by excessive academic jargon and a theoretically questionable oscillation between the non-equivalent notions of Thymos and rage, the book offers a fascinating account of the historical dynamics of social development".[3]

The French translation of the book received the Prix européen de l'essai Charles Veillon in 2008.[4]


  1. ^ "Rage and time : a psychopolitical investigation". WorldCat. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  2. ^ Encke, Julia (2006-10-04). "Wenn ganze Kulturen sich beleidigt fühlen". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2017-06-02. demokratisch denkenden Nietzsche-Leser"; "ein erster Schritt"
  3. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation by Peter Sloterdijk". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  4. ^ "Le Prix Européen de l'Essai Charles Veillon" (in French). Fondation Charles Veillon. Retrieved 2017-06-02.

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