Finding the sky “too beautiful” to study metallurgy in Seoul, Byung-Chul Han emigrated to Germany in the 1980s to study philosophy. This fateful decision resonates in perhaps the central theme of Han’s books: in a time of rampant hyperactivity, contemplation becomes countercultural. Now a professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin and one of Germany’s most prominent thinkers, Han’s breakthrough book, The Burnout Society, will soon be translated into sixteen other languages in addition to his adoptive German. Since 2015, twelve of Han’s short books have appeared in English. They draw insights from Buddhism, Plato, Meister Eckhart, Romanticism, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and critical theory.
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