The Palliative Society (häftad)
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Daniel Steuer
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The Palliative Society (häftad)

The Palliative Society

Pain Today

Häftad Engelska, 2021-07-16
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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. It takes hold of politics too: politics becomes a palliative politics that is incapable of implementing radical reforms that might be painful, so all we get is more of the same. Faced with the coronavirus pandemic, the palliative society is transformed into a society of survival. The virus enters the palliative zone of well-being and turns it into a quarantine zone in which life is increasingly focused on survival. And the more life becomes survival, the greater the fear of death, which has become increasingly visible again. Everywhere, the prolongation of life at any cost is the preeminent value, and we are prepared to sacrifice everything that makes life worth living for the sake of survival. This trenchant analysis of our contemporary societies by one of the most original cultural critics of our time will be of interest to a wide readership.
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Byung-Chul Han is a Korean-born Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies who teaches at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). He is the author of more than 20 books including The Scent of Time, Saving Beauty and The Burnout Society.


Algophobia The Compulsion of Happiness Survival The Meaninglessness of Pain The Cunning of Pain Pain as Truth The Poetics of Pain The Dialectic of Pain The Ontology of Pain The Ethics of Pain The Last Man Notes