The Korea Now Podcast #49 – David Tizzard – ‘Nietzsche, Korea, and Social Change’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with David Tizzard. They speak about the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, specific concepts such as the Will to Power, the Death of God, Metamorphosis and Eternal Recurrence, and how this offers insight into Korean society through issues like gay rights, sex, abortion, libel laws, the lingering importance of ‘keeping face’, racism, international reputation, K-pop, religion, capitalism, and the pain of modern history.

David Tizzard is a Professor at Ewha Woman's University, a columnist at the Korea Times, and is currently completing research on his Ph.D in Korean Studies. David has lived and worked in Korea for more than 10 years and his articles referenced in this podcast can be found at: ‘No sex please: we're Korean’ (, ‘Are you a halfie?’ (, ‘Who flies the gay flag in South Korea?’ (, ‘Korea: a question for you’ (, ‘Korea, racism and BTS’ (

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