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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Even love and sexuality are permeated by this social change: This is a Korean name ; the family name is Han.

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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. 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.

He received his doctoral degree at Freiburg with a dissertation on Martin Heidegger in erls It is connected to a high degree with Eros, so the ‘agony of the Eros’ is also an ‘agony of thought’.


Transparenzgesellschaftand synthesises the two earlier works into an interrogation of desire and love between humans. Han has written on topics such as attention deficit eroa disorderborderline personality disorderburnoutdepressionexhaustioninternetlovepop culturepowerrationalityreligionsocial mediasubjectivitytirednesstransparency and violence.

Retrieved 30 May Inhe joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Baselwhere he completed his Habilitation. Until recently, he refused agojie give radio and television interviews and rarely divulges any biographical or personal details, including his date of birth, in public. SeoulSouth Korea. Han’s diagnosis extends even to the point of the loss of desire, the disappearance of the ability to devote to ‘the other’, the stranger, the non-self.

In The Burnout Society original German title: University of Freiburg University of Basel.

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. The material form of de gives way to a more anonymous, desubjectified, systemic one, that does not reveal itself, as it is merging with its antagonist — freedom.

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 agonnie. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thinking, Han states, is based on the ‘untreaded’, on the desire for something that one does not yet understand.


This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat In he became a faculty member at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Designwhere his areas of interest were philosophy of the 18th, agoine and erks century, ethicssocial philosophyphenomenologycultural theoryaestheticsreligionmedia theoryand intercultural philosophy. A visit with Byung-Chul Han in Karlsruhe”. Retrieved from ” https: Not everything must be understood and ‘liked’, not everything must be made available. Views Read Edit View history. The abundance of positivity and self-reference leads to a loss of confrontation.

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Byung-Chul Han

According to Han, the dictates of transparency enforce a totalitarian system erls openness at the expense of other social values such as shame, secrecy, and trust. At this point, subjects come to revolve exclusively around themselves, unable to build relationships. Focusing on the relation between violence and individuality, he shows, that, albeit the widespread thesis about its disappearance, violence has only changed its form of appearance and operates more subtly.