Author: Byung-Chul Han
Translator: Erik Butler
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In a society where everyone is an entrepreneur of the self, the economy of survival reigns. It stands diametrically opposed to the non-economy of Eros and death. Neoliberalism, with its uninhibited ego- and achievement- impulses, constitutes a social order from which Eros has vanished completely.
Just fallen head over heels? Got the capitalist blues? If you want to go deeper into the darkness on your winter commute look no further than The Agony of Eros. Byung-Chul Han analyses the principles of Hagel, Foucault and Barthes as he argues that love has eroded away into the shadows of our society and social interaction. Han discusses ideas around the obsession with health and performance, sex and pornography, science and big data on his quest to demonstrate loves failings in our increasingly demanding world. A thought-provoking pinger!!