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La sociedad del cansancio

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,462 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Byung-Chul Han, una de las voces filosóficas más innovadoras que ha surgido en Alemania recientemente, afirma en este inesperado best seller, cuya primera tirada se agotó en unas semanas, que la sociedad occidental está sufriendo un silencioso cambio de paradigma: el exceso de positividad está conduciendo a una sociedad del cansancio. Así como la sociedad disciplinaria fou ...more
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Published by Herder (first published 2010)
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Trevor
This is a seriously interesting book, but I'm not sure I completely agree with him. His argument is that we now live in a world where we are so self-monitoring that we have moved beyond the notion of a discipline society. That is, we no longer require external modes of discipline, but rather our desire to be high-achievers fulfils this function much more effectively than external compulsion ever could.

I'm going to tell you why I think this might be overstating the case and then I'm going to igno
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Philippe Malzieu
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tieredness society.

This is the story of a young man korean who came to study metallurgy in Germany and became philosoph (it's quite normal to be philosoph in Germany)
Interisting man.
Many of my patient are tired. So tired. His vision is particular because he had two culture. In Korea, children are complained to work a lot, competition, ...(with many problems : suicide, dispressed) But in occidental country, it is the same.
For him, our society of performance is in fact the suprem stade of the s
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Paul Ataua
A stimulating and yet not wholly satisfying read. Byuon-Chul Hal presents a short tract suggesting that society has moved on from one in which our behavior is disciplined by those around us to one in which we are freer, self-monitoring individuals who are controlled by the pressure to achieve, to be special. It seems to be this pressure to achieve leads to increases in depressions, attention deficit disorders, and a whole bunch of negatives. Right or wrong, the book is buoyed along by interestin ...more
Dominic
"Burnout syndrome does not express the exhausted self so much as the exhausted, burnt-out soul."

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Tim Knight
Dec 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is torture! Thank God it’s small. It’s either a very bad translation from German or a rotten porridge from someone trying to impress people with fancy words—and failing.
Ethan Ewing
Dating itself quite a bit with its argument that modern neuroses can be explained by the disappearance of alterity, or of the Negative (prohibitions, foreignness, social limitations) -- such a position doesn't exactly hold water in light of renascent far-right movements in America and in Europe (and I assume elsewhere). And while there's quite a bit to his conception of the shift from disciplinary society to achievement society -- the former being characterized by exterior, prohibitive forces an ...more
Lia
Not an easy read. I skimmed it about a year ago and I still don't get it, even though I read it slowly and take notes. Even though I picked this up because I think it's relevant to whatever I'm struggling with. Even though I've read a good number of literature it references (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kafka, Bartleby... but not Agamben, yet.)

The idea is that some of the old social metaphors of sickness/ health/ immune system, that are still extremely popular today, are in fact outdated, and fail to
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Chandra
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is undoubtedly one of the most important essays I've read in my life. You must read this.

The nice thing about authors who criticize economic exploitation is that they tend to keep their books online for free. It's like 50 pages, this link has an excerpt: http://theorytuesdays.com/wp-content/...
Dyan
Interesting book, but I just couldn't get myself to the second half.
It discusses modern society's topics, but is written with a lot of loaded words and it doesn't really grasp me, urge me to read further.
James
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific, brilliant book.
Reixel Soy Yo
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I would probably say that this is one of the best books by this author, a brief analysis of how our current society affects our health and makes us feel sick.
Frank
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
An interesting book, if I could give it 3.5 I would. I cannot fully get on board with some of his claims but he does bring up enough interesting points about our current "achievement" society. However at times, he is seems to occupied trying to prove his point and seems like a grumpy man yelling/complaining. I think I will continue to think about this more and reflect on it. He does reference some interesting text that I would like to look into to. Overall, I don't think he's too far off about t ...more
Chad Kohalyk
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book can be glibly summed up as “late-stage capitalism is bad,” I found the discussion valuable, especially Han’s arguments for boredom and the vita contempliva.

Full review → https://chadkohalyk.com/2017/07/31/in...
Herval Freire
Jul 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author seems to have collected a series of passages from multiple sources (Nietzche and Arendt being his favorites), and tried to shoehorn their ideas into a nonsensical theory of “positivity vs negativity” that bears no semblance to society. He also comes up with the weirdest defining for burnout and depression, classifying them as caused by “excess of positivity”. Pure nonsense.
Antonio
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Review to follow
René Bloemink
A recurring thought in this book is that in contemporary life there is no room left for reflection, for beholding something at a distance, for the mystery that surrounds everything. Being human in times of Facebook involves a constant search for new and fantastic experiences for living *the* life. This quest for instant gratification, for transparency, for always being busy, yields tired individuals. Not the demands of others, but those of ourselves, lead to common psychological illnesses, inclu ...more
Neal Alexander
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short pieces on contemporary cultural malaises, making extensive use of medical analogy. According to the first chapter, after the Cold War, we emerged from an ‘immunological age’ in which our main concern was protecting ourselves from others: ‘Immunological defence always takes aim at the Other or the foreign’. This seems to ignore auto-immune diseases, whose burden has increased dramatically in the same period. I know we’re not talking literally, but ‘auto-immune’ would seem to be at least as ...more
Anouk
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book review is perhaps not the best place to write an entire counter-essay, and so I will try to refrain from doing just that (despite rather wanting to).

This is, without a doubt, a refreshing take on modern society. As a thought experiment, a minor array of eye-openers or as a genuine attempt to better understand the world in which we live, it's a good book to read.
The language never becomes too dense for lay(wo)men like myself to throw in the towel, yet the concepts that language is used for
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Wendy
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some refreshing new perspectives on the context of modern life; how we have shifted from a paradigm of a disciplinary society to that of an achievement society. In the disciplinary society, pressure to act or not act came from outside, in the achievement society we have internalized this pressure in the guise of freedom and are now achieving ourselves to death. The disciplinary society was marked by SHOULD, the achievement society is marked by CAN, where everything is possible. We have ...more
Jeff
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This useful argument claims that "the conflict model of psychoanalysis . . .presupposes the negativity of repression and negation," and that these very conditions no longer apply to the fatigued society of an "Achievement Subject," whose pathological factors include an "ego loosened" complicity with systemic violence, voluntary self-exploitation, and a porosity to an Other that distorted in the process, because this social law, or "super ego" is a pharmaceutical "race," "a doping society."

If th
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Alberto Benetti
I'm no good reviewer but I'd like to spend a minute to give you a short peek on a single paragraph of this enthralling, but not easy, provocative essay.
Here it goes: "In the course of general acceleration and hyperactivity we are also losing the capacity for rage [verlernen wir auch die Wut]. Rage has a characteristic temporality incompatible with generalized acceleration and hyperactivity, which admit no breadth of time. The future shortens into a protracted present [Gegenwart]. It lacks all ne
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robert
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deeply meaningful book in present times
Bradley
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superb analysis of the rise of diseases of auto-agression, depression, burnout, ADHD and BPD. I think he's very close to the truth. His analysis of tiredness and its different modes feels phenomenologically accurate. His reading of past philosophers and the importance of the other as a necessary negative rings true. I only give it four stars because there should have been an attempt to grapple with a "now what?", unless that is book 2.
Carlos Vasconcelos
Another good book from the author. A little repetitive sometimes. I disagree when he disagrees with Hannah Arendt and Agamben, since I do believe his ideas do not prove the other authors' ideas are flawed.
Ire Ne
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He has some interesting points of view about the diseases that devastate the current world. However, I donnot agree with some of them. It is however not complex to read and follow his arguments, at least for the most part of the book.
Jan Cornelis
This is some good post-psychoanalytic thinking. Some will call it Bla-bla, but you might call it dynamite.

[review will follow]
J Murnaghan
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish I had this 10 years ago, as it synthesizes some things that I was considering at the time. A reminder to read Ehrenberg...
Borum
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it would have been better with just the first two chapters. Later on, it got a little bit repetitive.
Lauro Caetano
Interesting insights, but the language is a bit difficult to follow.
박은정 Park
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to 박은정 by: Cheol Kang
Interesting new ideas.
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Byung-Chul Han, also spelled Pyŏng-ch'ŏl Han (born 1959 in Seoul), is a German author, cultural theorist, and Professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) in Berlin, Germany.

Byung-Chul Han studied metallurgy in Korea before he moved to Germany in the 1980s to study Philosophy, German Literature and Catholic theology in Freiburg im Breisgau and Munich. He received his doctoral degree at Fre
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“The complaint of the depressive individual, “Nothing is possible,” can only occur in a society that thinks, “Nothing is impossible.” 19 likes
“The acceleration of contemporary life also plays a role in this lack of being. The society of laboring and achievement is not a free society. It generates new constraints. Ultimately, the dialectic of master and slave does not yield a society where everyone is free and capable of leisure, too. Rather, it leads to a society of work in which the master himself has become a laboring slave. In this society of compulsion, everyone carries a work camp inside. This labor camp is defined by the fact that one is simultaneously prisoner and guard, victim and perpetrator. One exploits oneself. It means that exploitation is possible even without domination.” 10 likes
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