Dr. phil. habil. Yuk HUI (許煜)

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Yuk HUI studied Computer Engineering at the University of Hong Kong and Philosophy at Goldsmiths College in London where he wrote his doctoral thesis under the French philosopher Bernard Stiegler (1952-2020); he obtained his Habilitation ( venia legendi in philosophy of technology) from Leuphana University Lüneburg. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (2012) and a visiting scientist at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin (2013). Since 2010, he has been teaching in various institutes including Goldsmiths College, Leuphana University, Bauhaus University, Strelka Institute Moscow, Chinese Academy of Art, and City University of Hong Kong. Hui is a juror of the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture since 2020, and initiator of the Research Network for Philosophy and Technology since 2014.

Hui has published in academic journals such as Research in Phenomenology, Philosophy Today, Metaphilosophy, Parrhesia, Angelaki, Theory Culture and Society, Cahiers Simondon, Deleuze Studies, Derrida Today, Intellectica, Krisis, Implications Philosophiques, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie, Techné, Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Appareil and Foundations of Science. He is editor of30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (Meson 2015) and Cosmotechnics: For a Renewed Concept of Technology in the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2021) and author of On the Existence of Digital Objects (prefaced by Bernard Stiegler, University of Minnesota Press, March 2016), The Question Concerning Technology in China. An Essay in Cosmotechnics (Urbanomic/MIT Press, 2016/2019), Recursivity and Contingency (prefaced by Howard Caygill, Rowman & Littlefield International, January 2019), Fragmentar el futuro -ensayos sobre tecnodiversidad (Caja Negra, 2020) and Art and Cosmotechnics (University of Minessota Press, June 2021). His books have been reviewed and endorsed by The Philosophical Quarterly, Radical Philosophy, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie, Theory Culture and Society, Issue in Science and Technology, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Folha de Sao Paulo among others; and have been translated into a dozen languages including German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

Key Research Areas: Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Nature, Simondon, Heidegger, Lyotard, Mou Zongsan, Phenomenology, Idealism, Daoism, Confucianism, Artificial Intelligence, Cybernetics, Philosophy of Media


English, French, German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chewchau

JAVA, C++, PHP, Processing, Python


  1. 2020 Habilitation (venia legendi für Technikphilosophie) Leuphana Univeristy Lüneburg (Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Roberto Nigro)
  2. 2007 - 2011 PhD (Philosophy) Goldsmiths College , thesis title: On the Existence of Digital Objects, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, Advisors: Prof. Bernard Stiegler, Prof. Matt Fuller, Prof. Scott Lash. Examiners: Prof. Howard Caygill, Prof. Luciana Parisi
  3. 2006 - 2007 MA (Cultural Theory) Goldsmiths College
  4. 2000 - 2003 B.ENG (Computer Engineering) University of Hong Kong

Current Affiliations

    Associate Professor (Philosophy of Technology and Media), SCM, City University of Hong Kong
    Visiting Professor (Philosophy and Technology), China Academy of Art, Hangzhou


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art and cosmotechnics

Art and Cosmotechnics opens the way to rethinking technology beyond Gestell, by exploring the obscure paths of the experience of art.”

— Augustin Berque

recursivity and contingency

"Recursivity and Contingency takes the remarkable adventure of thought begun in On the Existence of Digital Objects and The Question Concerning Technology in China in unexpected and astonishing directions, leaving its readers with much to think about and to take further themselves."

— Howard Caygill

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"There is no more challenging work for anyone interested in trying to understand both the manifold philosophical challenges of Western scientific technology and the contemporary rise of China on the world-historical scene."

— Carl Mitcham

"In this remarkable book, Yuk Hui draws on the major thinkers of both the West and the East to elaborate an original reflection on the nature of technology. He has enlarged the philosophical horizon for the Anthropocene age."

—Andrew Feenberg

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Forwarded by Bernard Stiegler, Minneapolis :University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

"The object of this remarkable, groundbreaking book is as elegant as it is profound—to provide us with a radically objective account of the digital objects that populate our world, both on- and offline.It is a truly innovative and philosophically grounded ‘object oriented ontology’ that is designed for and can scale to the increasingly complex orders of magnitude confronted in the twenty-first century."

— David J. Gunkel

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[El libro] presenta a un pensador en busca de nuevos modos de concebir el estado de situación de las sociedades en que vivimos, modos que nos permitan torcer un devenir que parece firmemente encaminado al desastre.

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