Byung-Chul Han Ghostwrites the News

A recent article by Mark Arax profiles Stewart and Lynda Resnick, nut and pomegranate magnates in California. Owners of an unfathomable amount of farmland spread over several states, but concentrated in California, Stewart embodies an aspect of today’s subject that Byung-Chul Han sketches out in his works. One common thread running through each observation Mr.…

C-Beams that Glitter in the Dark Near the Tannhauser Gate: Considerations on Han’s Psychopolitics

Byung-Chul Han’s vision of our future has the feeling of a philosophical explication of the novels of William Gibson, the philosophy of today’s cyberpunk Real World. Man is the achievement-subject, an auto-exploiting, self-surveilling entrepreneur of career-oriented and personal projects for optimizing their productivity in an increasingly competitive world of immaterial production. To fail within the…

Plato and Considerations on System and Ethics

Perhaps Whitehead’s comment on the marginal nature of all philosophy in respect to Plato is something of a truism, but it is also a truth. Platonism suffuses all subsequent philosophical and much mystical thinking in the occidental world. Even in opposition to it many still find much of their definition. Nietzsche and Deleuze attempting to…

Immanuel Kant VII. – Tribunal

Where we left Kant in the last Critique, he was explicitly denying the power of a human being to come to knowledge of God, the nature of the soul, the nature of all of existence, and so on, by means of both empirical experience and ratiocination. These topics and any deriving from them are our…

Immanuel Kant VI. – The End of This Chapter

I pushed forward and have finished the Critique of Pure Reason. I won’t attempt to give anything like the close account that I had previously undertook but instead provide my thoughts on the journey so far. From where we left off, Kant goes on to quite lengthily set up his notion of the rules and…