Dr. Yuk HUI (許煜)

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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, "Odysseus’s Oar", preface to Recursivity and Contingency

Yuk Hui studied Computer Engineering and Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong and Goldsmiths College in London, with a focus on philosophy of technology. He currently teaches at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Between 2012 and 2018 he taught at the institute of philosophy and art (IPK) and Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media of the Leuphana University Lüneburg where he also wrote his habilitation thesis in philosophy. He is a visiting professor at the China Academy of Art since 2016 where he teaches a master class with Bernard Stiegler every spring. He has been Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media of City University in Hong Kong (2019), and visiting faculty at the Strelka Institute in Moscow (2018). Previous to that, he was a research associate at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Media (ICAM), postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and a visiting scientist at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin. He is initiator of the Research Network for Philosophy and Technology, an international network which facilitates researches and collaborations on philosophy and technology. Hui has published in periodicals such as Research in Phenomenology, Metaphilosophy, Parrhesia, Angelaki, Theory Culture and Society, Cahiers Simondon, Deleuze Studies, Intellectica, Krisis, Implications Philosophiques, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie, Techné, Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Appareil, New Formations,Parallax, etc. He is editor (with Andreas Broeckmann) of 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (2015), 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, December 2016), and Recursivity and Contingency (Rowman & Littlefield International, February 2019). Currently he is preparing a monograph titled Art and Cosmotechnics co-published by University of Minessota Press and E-flux. His writings have been translated into a dozen languages.

Affiliations: Centre international des études simondoniennes (MSH, Paris Nord);

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


English, French, German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chewchau

JAVA, C++, PHP, Processing, Python


  1. Habilitation (venia legendi in Philosophy) Leuphana Univeristy (Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Roberto Nigro, expert reports obtained, expected 2019)
  2. 2007 - 2011 PhD (Philosophy) Goldsmiths College , thesis title: On the Existence of Digital Objects, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, advised under: 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

Relevant Employment

    July 2019 - present, Faculty of Media, Bauhaus University Weimar;
    January 2019 - June 2019, Visiting Associate Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong;
    August 2015 - December 2018, Lecturer, Institut für Philosophie und Kunstwissenschaft, Leuphana University,Germany;
    September 2015 - present, Visiting Professor, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
    August 2015 - August, 2018 Researcher, Institut für Kultur und Ästhetik Digitaler Medien, Leuphana University,Germany
    October 2012 - July 2015, Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University,Germany
    January 2012 - September 2012, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation, Centre Pompidou,France
    September 2010 - February 2011, Research Associate, Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University,UK
    December 2010 - May 2011, Researcher, Theory, Culture and Society
    December 2009 - August 2010, Project Coordinator, Culture Mining Project (Tate/Goldsmiths)


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“Despite the historical span of roughly 250 years, the diverse range of authors, disciplines and underlying problems, Recursivity and Contingency is held together firmly by its two eponymous concepts……The conceptual versatility of recursivity and contingency may prove useful in further displacing the dominance of the technology as anthropological universal and means of exploitation.” — The Philosophical Quarterly

"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, Review of The Question Concerning Technology in China, Issues in Science and Technology

"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, Review of The Question Concerning Technology in China

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. On the Existence of Digital Objects 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, Review of On the Existence of Digital Objects

It has all the qualities of becoming a genuine classic in the future, in a domain that it is partially in the process of excavating itself. A truly outstanding achievement that deserves a wide audience and is indispensable and essential reading. — Pieter Lemmens, Review of On the Existence of Digital Objects, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie

Hui’s project is remarkable for a conceptual engagement with twentieth-century philosophies of technology (Simondon, Heidegger, Husserl, Stiegler, Ellul) that pushes these theories further by confronting them with questions of the digital. — Franziska Aigner, Review of On the Existence of Digital Objects, Radical Philosophy

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