Agonie des Eros Byung-Chul Han. 3 likes. Book. Agonie des Eros Byung-Chul Han. Privacy · Terms. About. Agonie des Eros Byung-Chul Han. Book. 3 people. Agonie Des Eros by Byung-chul Han available in Trade Paperback on Powells. com, also read synopsis and reviews. Byung-Chul Han (born ) is a South Korean-born German author, cultural theorist, and Agonie des Eros (Agony of the Eros) carries forward Han’s thoughts, which he developed in his earlier books The Burnout Society (German: .

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He received his doctoral degree at Freiburg with a dissertation on Martin Heidegger in Inhe joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Baselwhere he completed his Habilitation.

In he became a faculty member at the Karlsruhe University of Arts agoine Designwhere his areas of interest were philosophy of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, ethicssocial philosophyphenomenologycultural theoryaestheticsreligionmedia theoryand agonis philosophy.

Han’s current work focuses on transparency as a cultural norm created by neoliberal market forces, which he understands as the insatiable drive toward voluntary disclosure bordering on the pornographic. According to Han, the dictates of transparency enforce a totalitarian system of openness at the expense of other social values such as shame, secrecy, and trust.

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Until recently, he refused to give radio and television interviews and rarely divulges any biographical or personal details, including his date of birth, in public. In The Burnout Society original German title: He claims that they are not “infections” but “infarcts”, which are not caused by the negativity of people’s immunology, but by an excess of positivity.

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Transparenzgesellschaftand synthesises the two earlier works into an interrogation of desire and love between humans. Based on an analysis of the characters in Lars von Trier’s film Melancholiain which Han sees depicted depression and overcoming, he develops the image of a society that is increasingly dominated by narcissism and self-reference. Han’s diagnosis extends even to the point of the loss of desire, the disappearance of the ability to devote agoonie ‘the other’, the stranger, the non-self.

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At this point, subjects come to revolve exclusively around themselves, unable to build relationships. Even love and sexuality are permeated by this social change: The abundance of positivity and self-reference leads to a loss of confrontation. Thinking, Han states, is based on the ‘untreaded’, on the desire for something that one res not yet understand. It is connected to a high degree with Eros, so the res of the Eros’ is also an ‘agony of thought’.

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Not everything must be understood and ‘liked’, not everything must be made available. Focusing on the relation between violence and individuality, he shows, that, albeit the widespread thesis about its disappearance, aonie has only changed its form of appearance and operates more subtly. The material form of violence gives way to a more anonymous, desubjectified, systemic one, that does not reveal itself, as it is merging with its antagonist — freedom.


According to Han, driven by the demand to persevere and not to fail, as well as by the ambition of efficiency, we become committers and sacrificers at the same time and enter a swirl of demarcation, self-exploitation and collapse. Han has written on topics such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorderborderline personality disorderburnoutdepressionexhaustioninternetlovepop culturepowerrationalityreligionsocial mediasubjectivitytirednesstransparency and violence.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a Korean name ; the family name is Han. SeoulSouth Korea.

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University of Freiburg University of Basel.