The Burnout Society
  • Author : Byung-Chul Han
  • Release Date : 12 August 2015
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN 13 : 9780804797504
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Book Description: Our competitive, service-oriented societies are taking a toll on the late-modern individual. Rather than improving life, multitasking, "user-friendly" technology, and the culture of convenience are producing disorders that range from depression to attention deficit disorder to borderline personality disorder. Byung-Chul Han interprets the spreading malaise as an inability to manage negative experiences in an age characterized by excessive positivity and the universal availability of people and goods. Stress and exhaustion are not just personal experiences, but social and historical phenomena as well. Denouncing a world in which every against-the-grain response can lead to further disempowerment, he draws on literature, philosophy, and the social and natural sciences to explore the stakes of sacrificing intermittent intellectual reflection for constant neural connection.

The Burnout Society

The Burnout Society

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Genre : Philosophy
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Our competitive, service-oriented societies are taking a toll on the late-modern individual. Rather than improving life, multitasking, "user-friendly" technology, and the culture of convenience are producing disorders that range from depression to attention deficit disorder to borderline personality disorder. Byung-Chul Han interprets the spreading malaise as an inability to manage ...

The Burnout Society

The Burnout Society

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : Stanford Briefs
Genre : Philosophy
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Our competitive, service-oriented societies are taking a toll on the late-modern individual. Rather than improving life, multitasking, "user-friendly" technology, and the culture of convenience are producing disorders that range from depression to attention deficit disorder to borderline personality disorder. Byung-Chul Han interprets the spreading malaise as an inability to manage ...

The Scent of Time

The Scent of Time

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Genre : Philosophy
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In his philosophical reflections on the art of lingering, acclaimed cultural theorist Byung-Chul Han argues that the value we attach today to the vita activa is producing a crisis in our sense of time. Our attachment to the vita activa creates an imperative to work which degrades the human being ...

Capitalism and the Death Drive

Capitalism and the Death Drive

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Genre : Philosophy
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What we call growth today is in fact a tumorous growth, a cancerous proliferation which is disrupting the social organism. These tumours endlessly metastasize and grow with an inexplicable, deadly vitality. At a certain point this growth is no longer productive, but rather destructive. Capitalism passed this point long ago. ...

Topology of Violence

Topology of Violence

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Philosophy
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One of today's most widely read philosophers considers the shift in violence from visible to invisible, from negativity to excess of positivity. Some things never disappear—violence, for example. Violence is ubiquitous and incessant but protean, varying its outward form according to the social constellation at hand. In Topology of ...

In the Swarm

In the Swarm

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Philosophy
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A prominent German thinker argues that—contrary to “Twitter Revolution” cheerleading—digital communication is destroying political discourse and political action. The shitstorm represents an authentic phenomenon of digital communication. —from In the Swarm Digital communication and social media have taken over our lives. In this contrarian reflection on digitized life, ...

Can t Even

Can t Even

Author : Anne Helen Petersen
Publisher : Mariner Books
Genre : History
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An incendiary examination of burnout in millennials--the cultural shifts that got us here, the pressures that sustain it, and the need for drastic change...

The Agony of Eros

The Agony of Eros

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Philosophy
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An argument that love requires the courage to accept self-negation for the sake of discovering the Other. Byung-Chul Han is one of the most widely read philosophers in Europe today, a member of the new generation of German thinkers that includes Markus Gabriel and Armen Avanessian. In The Agony of ...

Psychopolitics

Psychopolitics

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : Verso Books
Genre : Political Science
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Exploring how neoliberalism has discovered the productive force of the psyche Byung-Chul Han, a star of German philosophy, continues his passionate critique of neoliberalism, trenchantly describing a regime of technological domination that, in contrast to Foucault’s biopower, has discovered the productive force of the psyche. In the course of ...

The Expulsion of the Other

The Expulsion of the Other

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Genre : Philosophy
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The days of the Other are over in this age of excessive communication, information and consumption. What used to be the Other, be it as friend, as Eros or as hell, is now indistinguishable from the self in our narcissistic desire to assimilate everything and everyone until there are no ...

The Transparency Society

The Transparency Society

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Genre : Philosophy
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Transparency is the order of the day. It is a term, a slogan, that dominates public discourse about corruption and freedom of information. Considered crucial to democracy, it touches our political and economic lives as well as our private lives. Anyone can obtain information about anything. Everything—and everyone—has ...

What is Power

What is Power

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Genre : Philosophy
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Power is a pervasive phenomenon yet there is little consensus on what it is and how it should be understood. In this book the cultural theorist Byung-Chul Han develops a fresh and original perspective on the nature of power, shedding new light on this key feature of social and political ...

The End of Burnout

The End of Burnout

Author : Jonathan Malesic
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Genre : Business & Economics
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Everyone is burned out, but no one knows what that means -- Burnout : the first 2,000 years -- The burnout spectrum -- How jobs have gotten worse in the age of burnout -- Work saints and work martyrs : the problem with our ideals -- We can have it all : a new ...

Saving Beauty

Saving Beauty

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Genre : Social Science
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Beauty today is a paradox. The cult of beauty is ubiquitous but it has lost its transcendence and become little more than an aspect of consumerism, the aesthetic dimension of capitalism. The sublime and unsettling aspects of beauty have given way to corporeal pleasures and 'likes', resulting in a kind ...

The Palliative Society

The Palliative Society

Author : Byung-Chul Han
Publisher : Polity
Genre : Philosophy
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Our societies today are characterized by a universal algophobia: a generalized fear of pain. We strive to avoid all painful conditions – even the pain of love is treated as suspect. This algophobia extends into society: less and less space is given to conflicts and controversies that might prompt painful discussions. ...