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2022/10/19 – Mobility Humanities Colloquium #28

Anti-Intellectualism in the Pandemic Era


Lecture Information

  • SpeakerSang-Won, Han (Chungbuk National University)
  • Date2022.10.19

2022/10/19 – Anti-intellectualism in the Pandemic Era 

Professor Han Sang-Won pointed out that the fear of infectious diseases after the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to interational immobility, resulted in xenophobia towards Chinese and Asian indivisuals. He stated theat: “Anti-intellectualism emerges between the creation of a collective passion of fear and the phenomenon that makes it impossible to find a reasonable alternative and communicate.” Anti-intellectualism is interpreted as a phenomenon that resulted from the structural cause of modern society, such as individual isolation and atomization. To overcome this, he said, “It is necessary to think about how to build domestic publicity and express collective civic intelligence in the sense of civic solidarity.” Lecturer Han Sang-Won is a Professor of Philosophy at Chungbuk National University and received a Ph. D. from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, for his research on the political philosophy of Adorno. He authored Imagine Post-Pandemic Citizenship, Why Marx Again Now and translated History and Consciousness of Freedom, Adorno, Motifs of Thought. His papers include “Who are ‘We, the People’?: Popular Soverignity as Possibility and Limit of the Politics” and “Self-reflections of Cosmopolitanism: Criticism through the Negative Dialectics.”