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The Expulsion of the Other: Society, Perception and Communication Today

The Expulsion of the Other: Society, Perception and Communication Today

Byung-Chul Han, Wieland Hoban (Translator)

ISBN: 978-1-509-52309-2

Jan 2018

100 pages

$39.99

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The days of the Other are over in this age of global over-communication, over-information and over-consumption. What used to be the Other, be it as friend, as Eros or as hell, is now indistinguishable from the self in our society's narcissistic desire to assimilate everything and everyone until there are no boundaries left. The result of this is a feeling of disorientation and senselessness that needs to be compensated for, be it by self-harm or, in the extreme, by harming others through acts of terrorism. 

In his new work, the renowned cultural theorist Byung-Chul Han builds on his previous critique of neoliberalism, arguing that in this absence of the Other, our times are not characterised by external repression but by depression through the self. In his characteristically concise style, he traces this violence of the identical through phenomena like fear, globalization and terrorism. He also argues that by returning to a society of listeners, by acknowledging the Other, we can seek to overcome the isolation and suffering caused by this crushing process of total assimilation.

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  • The Terror of the Same
  • The Violence of the Global and Terrorism
  • The Terror of Authenticity
  • Anxiety
  • Thresholds
  • Alienation
  • Counter-body
  • Gaze
  • Voice
  • The Language of the Other
  • The Thinking of the Other
  • Listening
  • Notes
""No other philosophical author today has gone further than Byung-Chul Han in the analysis of our global everyday existence under the challenges of electronically induced hyper-communication. His latest - and again eminently readable - book concentrates on the ""Terror of Sameness"", that is on a life without events and individual otherness, as an environment to which we react with depression. What makes the intellectual difference in this analysis of sameness is the mastery with which Han brings into play the classics of our philosophical tradition and, through them, historical worlds that provide us with horizons of existential otherness.""
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, Stanford University

""The new star of German philosophy.""
El País

""The Expulsion of the Other has the classic Byung-Chul Han 'sound,' an evocative tone which powerfully draws the reader in. ... With imperturbable serenity he brings together instances from everyday life and great catastrophes.""
Süddeutsche Zeitung

""Han's congenial mastery of thought opens up areas we had long believed to be lost.""
Die Tagespost