This review essay critically assesses Peter Sloterdijk’s book Rage and Time (2006), starting from his more recent book on the welfare state, Die nehmende Hand und die gebende Seite (2010). Both of these texts are part of a by now extensive body of work—rooted in the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche—on the psychopathology of ressentiment that plagues Western, European democracies. The review focuses on Sloterdijk’s philosophical project but also takes into consideration the philosopher’s politics, which have received much criticism in both his native Germany and abroad.

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