Byung-Chul Han is a handsome South Korean-born German philosopher, cultural theorist and professor at the Berlin University of the Arts.
#ByungChulHan: “Le #désir se nourrit d’impossible” @philomag #lecture pic.twitter.com/9uozfouF2P
— Nadia BenAmara (@benamara_n) April 12, 2015
His writing spans from art theory to literary analysis, to film criticism, to Hegelian philosophy. In his book, Agonie des Eros, this beautiful man reflects on the film Melancholia (2011) by Lars von Trier and its relation to eroticism. “Pornography and sexuality is something completely different from eroticism. Eroticism has something to do with overspending, crossing of one’s own limits, that is, eroticism. Not sexuality, sexuality is something very egoistical, very self-centered and eroticism is not” (Agonie des Eros, 2012)
and cultural theorists.
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— Beyond Storytelling Network (@BeyondStorytell) April 5, 2018
This stud is also mysterious, doesn’t give public lectures often and does not have social media. Instead, he makes his presence known by writing books, publishing more than 26 books in the course of his career. His text is short, concise and easy to digest, yet his ideas are complex and relevant to our times.
In his famous work, Burnout Society (2010), he comments on subways. “They have put glass in front of the tracks so that it became impossible to throw oneself in front of a train. The message now is: don’t jump, consume.” Offering that being tired is the ultimate resistance to consumer culture and capitalism.
Mañana iniciamos la última clase de @FLACSOEscritura con @a_llado desde #BCN Allá aparece,entre otros, el pensador #ByungChulHan ¡Conocenos! pic.twitter.com/G7fhvI1sMK
— Escrituras (@FLACSOEscritura) October 25, 2016
His critique on media and communication in The Transparency Society is perhaps most relevant to today’s discussion over data collection by large tech companies such as Facebook:
Próximamente en librerías lo nuevo de #ByungChulHan <<La Salvación de lo bello>> https://t.co/UHymi8KBbP @herderbcn pic.twitter.com/cJnH8XRvtO
— Liberalia Ediciones (@LiberaliaEd) February 17, 2016
His work is translated into more than 11 languages and read by individuals from a variety of decilines.
Below is a video of his gorgeous face: