Bernard Stiegler

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Bernard Stiegler
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Bernard Stiegler in 2016
Born(1952-04-01)1 April 1952
Seine-et-Oise, France
Died5 August 2020(2020-08-05) (aged 68)
Education Université de Toulouse-Le-Mirail
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (PhD, 1993)
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Deconstruction
Post-structuralism [2]
InstitutionsInstitut de recherche et d'innovation, Centre Georges-Pompidou
Main interests
Philosophy of technology · Individuation
Notable ideas
Symbolic misery (mass exclusion from cultural production constitutes a form of generalized impoverishment)
Influences
Influenced

Bernard Stiegler (French:  [stiɡlɛʁ]; 1 April 1952 – 5 August 2020) was a French philosopher. He was head of the Institut de recherche et d'innovation (IRI), which he founded in 2006 at the Centre Georges-Pompidou. He was also the founder in 2005 of the political and cultural group, Ars Industrialis; the founder in 2010 of the philosophy school, pharmakon.fr, held at Épineuil-le-Fleuriel; and a co-founder in 2018 of Collectif Internation, a group of "politicised researchers" [3] across multiple disciplines. [4] His best known work is Technics and Time, 1: The Fault of Epimetheus.

Stiegler has been described as "one of the most influential European philosophers of the 21st century" [5] and an important theorist of the effects of digital technology. [3]

Influences and themes

Stiegler's work is influenced by, among others, Sigmund Freud, André Leroi-Gourhan, Gilbert Simondon, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Valéry, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Karl Marx, Gilles Deleuze, Donald Winnicott, Georges Bataille, and Jacques Derrida.

Key themes are technology, time, individuation, consumerism, consumer capitalism, technological convergence, digitization, Americanization, education and the future of politics and human society.

Incarceration

Between 1978 and 1983 Stiegler was incarcerated for armed robbery, first at the Prison Saint-Michel in Toulouse, and then at the Centre de détention in Muret. It was during this period that he became interested in philosophy, studying it by correspondence with Gérard Granel at the Université de Toulouse-Le-Mirail. His transformation in prison is recounted in his book, Passer à l'acte (2003; the English translation of this work is included in the 2009 volume, Acting Out).

Career

In 1987–88, with Catherine Counot, Stiegler commissioned an exhibition at the Centre Georges-Pompidou, entitled Mémoires du futur: bibliothèques et technologies. Stiegler earned his doctorate from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in 1993. [6] [7] He has been a Director at the Collège international de philosophie, and a Professor at the Université de Technologie at Compiègne, as well as a visiting professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has held the positions of Director General at the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA), and Director General at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).

On 1 January 2006 he commenced as Director of the Department of Cultural Development at the Centre Georges-Pompidou. He was Director of the Institut de recherche et d'innovation (IRI), which was created at his initiative in April 2006.[ citation needed]

Works

Stiegler has been prolifically publishing books, articles and interviews since 1994. His works include several ongoing series of books:

  • La technique et le temps (3 vols.). The Technics and Time series outlines the heart of Stiegler's philosophical project, and in particular his theses that the role of technics has been repressed throughout the history of philosophy, and that technics, as organised inorganic matter, and as essentially a form of memory, is constitutive of human temporality. The series contains extensive readings of the works of André Leroi-Gourhan, Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl, and Immanuel Kant. It also contains his explication of the "cinematic constitution of consciousness," as well as his thesis that human beings are essentially "adoptive" and "prosthetic" creatures. All three extant volumes have been published in English translation by Stanford University Press.
  • De la misère symbolique (2 vols.). This series is concerned in particular with the ways in which cultural, symbolic and informational technologies have become a means of industrialising the formation of desire in the service of production, with destructive consequences for psychic and collective individuation. Stiegler outlines his concepts of "general organology" (a way of thinking the co-individuation of human organs, technical organs, and social organisations) and "genealogy of the sensible" (a way of thinking the historicity of human desire and aesthetics). It contains extensive readings of Sigmund Freud and Gilles Deleuze, as well as of the works of Alain Resnais, Bertrand Bonello, Andy Warhol, and Joseph Beuys. Both volumes have been published in English translation.
  • Mécréance et Discrédit (3 vols.). The Disbelief and Discredit series is concerned with the way in which the industrial organisation of production and then consumption has had destructive consequences for the modes of life of human beings, in particular with the way in which the loss of savoir-faire and savoir-vivre (that is, the loss of the knowledge of how to do and how to live), has resulted in what Stiegler calls "generalised proletarianisation." In this series Stiegler makes clear his view that, in the light of the present state of the global technical system, it is not a matter of overcoming capitalism but rather of transforming its industrial basis to prevent the loss of spirit from which it increasingly suffers. In the second volume Stiegler introduces the concept of the " Antigone complex," to describe the psychosocial effects of the destruction of authority—that is, the destruction of the superego—on politics and youth. The series contains extensive readings of Paul Valéry, Max Weber, Aristotle, and Herbert Marcuse, as well as analyses of the crisis of May 1968 and the crime of Patricia and Emmanuel Cartier. The first volume was published in English translation by Polity Press in 2011, the second in 2012 and the third in 2014.
  • Constituer l'Europe (2 vols.). In this series Stiegler is concerned with the effects of the destruction of psychic and collective individuation on Europe. He argues for the necessity of inaugurating a new individuation process at the continental level, itself embedded in an individuation process operating at a global level. At stake, he says, is the creation of a new European "motive" which will enable the reinvention of industrial civilisation.
  • Qu'appelle-t-on panser? (2 vols.).

Ars Industrialis

On 18 June 2005 Stiegler founded a political and cultural group, Ars Industrialis, the manifesto of which calls for an "industrial politics of spirit." The manifesto was signed by Stiegler and the other co-founders of the group, George Collins, Marc Crépon, Catherine Perret and Caroline Stiegler. An updated manifesto was released in 2010.

Épineuil-le-Fleuriel

On 18 September 2010 Stiegler opened his own philosophy school (called pharmakon.fr) in the small French town of Épineuil-le-Fleuriel, in the department of Cher. The school runs a course for lycée students in the region, a doctoral program conducted by videoconference, and a summer academy that involves both groups of students as well as interested inhabitants from the surrounding area. The context and themes of the school lie in Stiegler's argument that we are entering a period of post-consumerism and post-globalization. At a philosophical level, the school is engaged in research, critique and analysis in line with Stiegler's pharmacological approach.

Cinema and television

Stiegler features prominently in a number of works of film and television, and has appeared on French television numerous times. Among his most significant appearances are the following:

  • The Ister (2004), directed by Daniel Ross and David Barison, a feature documentary about Heidegger in which Stiegler plays an important part.
  • An Organization of Dreams (2009), directed by Ken McMullen, an experimental thriller inspired by Stiegler's work, and in which he appears.
  • Le temps de cerveau disponible (2010), directed by Jean-Robert Viallet, a documentary about television in which Stiegler is the main participant.
  • Après la gauche (2011), directed by Jeremy Forny, a documentary about the problems of the political Left, featuring Stiegler.

Family

Stiegler's daughter Barbara (born 1971) is also a philosopher. She attended the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-St-Cloud, and in 2003 obtained her doctorate from the University of Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne. Barbara Stiegler is the author of Nietzsche et la biologie (2001), Nietzsche et la critique de la chair: Dionysos, Ariane, le Christ (2005), « Il faut s'adapter » : Sur un nouvel impératif politique (2019), Du cap aux grèves. Récit d'une mobilisation. 17 novembre 2018 - 5 mars 2020 (2020) and De la démocratie en Pandémie ; santé, recherche, éducation (2021). She is not to be confused with the German sociologist of the same name.

Decorations

Bibliography

Books in French

  • (1994) La technique et le temps. Tome 1, La faute d'Epiméthée. ISBN  2-7186-0440-9
  • (1996) Échographies de la télévision. Entretiens filmés (with Jacques Derrida). ISBN  2-7186-0480-8
  • (1996) La technique et le temps. Tome 2, La désorientation. ISBN  2-7186-0468-9
  • (2001) La technique et le temps. Tome 3, Le temps du cinéma et la question du mal-être. ISBN  2-7186-0563-4
  • (2003) Aimer, s'aimer, nous aimer. Du 11 septembre au 21 avril. ISBN  2-7186-0629-0
  • (2003) Passer à l'acte. ISBN  2-7186-0616-9
  • (2004) Mécréance et Discrédit. Tome 1, La décadence des démocraties industrielles. ISBN  2-7186-0660-6
  • (2004) Philosopher par accident. Entretiens avec Elie During. ISBN  2-7186-0648-7
  • (2004) De la misère symbolique. Tome 2, La Catastrophè du sensible. ISBN  2-7186-0634-7
  • (2004) De la misère symbolique. Tome 1, L'époque hyperindustrielle. ISBN  2-7186-0635-5
  • (2005) L'attente de l'inattendu. ISBN  2-9700474-8-9
  • (2005) Constituer l'Europe. Tome 2, Le motif européen. ISBN  2-7186-0690-8
  • (2005) Constituer l'Europe. Tome 1, Dans un monde sans vergogne. ISBN  2-7186-0689-4
  • (2006) Réenchanter le monde. La valeur esprit contre le populisme industriel (with Marc Crépon, George Collins & Catherine Perret). ISBN  2-08-210585-7
  • (2006) La télécratie contre la Démocratie. ISBN  2-08-210569-5
  • (2006) Le théâtre, le peuple, la passion (with Jean-Christophe Bailly & Denis Guénoun). ISBN  2-84681-170-9
  • (2006) Des pieds et des mains. Petite conférence sur l'homme et son désir de grandir. ISBN  2-227-47566-8
  • (2006) Mécréance et Discrédit. Tome 3, L'esprit perdu du capitalisme. ISBN  2-7186-0715-7
  • (2006) Mécréance et Discrédit. Tome 2, Les sociétés incontrolables d'individus désaffectés. ISBN  2-7186-0706-8
  • (2007) Avril-22. Ceux qui préfèrent ne pas (with Alain Jugnon, Alain Badiou & Michel Surya). ISBN  2-916492-31-3
  • (2007) De la démocratie participative. Fondements et limites (with Marc Crépon). ISBN  2-7555-0033-6
  • (2008) Prendre Soin. Tome 1, De la jeunesse et des générations. ISBN  2-08-120736-2
  • (2008) Economie de l'hypermatériel et psychopouvoir. ISBN  2-84205-945-X
  • (2009) Faut-il interdire les écrans aux enfants? (with Serge Tisseron). ISBN  2-918414-12-3
  • (2009) Pour en Finir avec la Mécroissance. ISBN  2-08-122492-5
  • (2009) Pour une nouvelle critique de l'économie politique ISBN  2-7186-0797-1
  • (2010) Ce qui fait que la vie vaut la peine d'être vécue. De la pharmacologie. ISBN  2-08-122035-0
  • (2012) L'école, le numérique et la société qui vient (with Philippe Meirieu & Denis Kambouchner). ISBN  2-7555-0644-X
  • (2012) Etats de choc. Bêtise et savoir au XXIe siècle. ISBN  2-7555-0645-8
  • (2013) Pharmacologie du Front national. ISBN  978-2-08-128461-6
  • (2015) La société automatique. Tome 1, L'avenir du travail. ISBN  2-2136-8565-7.
  • (2015) L'emploi est mort, vive le travail! (with Ariel Kyrou). ISBN  978-2-75550-746-1.
  • (2016) Dans la disruption. Comment ne pas devenir fou?
  • (2018) Qu'appelle-t-on panser? 1. L'immense régression
  • (2020) Qu'appelle-t-on panser? 2. La leçon de Greta Thunberg
  • (2020) Bifurquer: Il n-y a pas d'alternative (with the Collectif Internation)

Books in English

Other English translations

  • (1993) "Questioning Technology and Time," Tekhnema 1: 31–44.
  • (1996) "Persephone, Oedipus, Epimetheus," Tekhnema 3: 69-112.
  • (1998) "The Time of Cinema. On the 'New World' and 'Cultural Exception'," Tekhnema 4: 62–114.
  • (2001) "New Industrial Temporal Objects," in Rae Earnshaw, Richard Guedj, Andries van Dam, & John Vince (eds.), Frontiers of Human-Centred Computing, Online Communities and Virtual Environments (London: Springer-Verlag). ISBN  1-85233-238-7
  • (2001) "Derrida and Technology: Fidelity at the Limits of Deconstruction and the Prosthesis of Faith," in Tom Cohen (ed.), Jacques Derrida and the Humanities (Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press). ISBN  0-521-62565-3
  • (2002) "Transcendental Imagination in a Thousand Points," New Formations 46: 7–22.
  • (2003) "Technics of Decision: An Interview," Angelaki 8: 151–67.
  • (2006) "Philosophising By Accident," Public 33: 98–107, an extract from Passer à l'acte.
  • (2006) "Anamnesis and Hypomnesis: The Memories of Desire," in Louis Armand & Arthur Bradley (eds.), Technicity (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia): 15–41.
  • (2007) "The True Price of Towering Capitalism: Bernard Stiegler Interviewed," Queen's Quarterly 114: 340–350.
  • (2007) "Technoscience and Reproduction," Parallax 13 (4): 29–45.
  • (2007) "Technics, Media, Teleology: Interview with Bernard Stiegler," Theory, Culture & Society 24 (7–8): 334–41.
  • (2009) "The Carnival of the New Screen: From Hegemony to Isonomy," in Pelle Snickars & Patrick Vonderau (eds.), The YouTube Reader (Stockholm: National Library of Sweden): 40–59.
  • (2009) "Teleologics of the Snail: The Errant Self Wired to a WiMax Network," Theory, Culture & Society 26 (2–3): 33–45.
  • (2009) "The Magic Skin; or, The Franco-European Accident of Philosophy after Jacques Derrida," Qui Parle 18: 97–110.
  • (2010) "Telecracy Against Democracy," Cultural Politics 6: 171–80.
  • (2010) "Memory," in W. J. T. Mitchell & Mark B. N. Hansen (eds.), Critical Terms for Media Studies (Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press): 66–87.
  • (2010) "Knowledge, Care, and Trans-Individuation: An Interview with Bernard Stiegler," Cultural Politics 6: 150–70.
  • (2010) "Bernard Stiegler's Pharmacy: A Conversation," Configurations 18 (3): 459–76.
  • (2011) "The Tongue of the Eye: What 'Art History' Means," in Jacques Khalip & Robert Mitchell (eds.), Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011): 222–36.
  • (2011) "The Pharmacology of the Spirit," in Jane Elliott & Derek Attridge (eds.), Theory After 'Theory' (New York: Routledge): 294–310.
  • (2012) "Five Hundred Million Friends: The Pharmacology of Friendship," in Umbr(a): Technology, No. 1: 59–75.
  • (2013) "Doing and Saying Stupid Things in the Twentieth Century: Bêtise and Animality in Deleuze and Derrida," Angelaki 18: 159–74.
  • (2013) "The Indexing of Things," in Ulrik Ekman (ed.), Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing (Cambridge, MA & London: MIT Press): 493–502.
  • (2013) "Teleologics of the Snail, or the Errancies of the Equipped Self in a WiMax Network," in Ulrik Ekman (ed.), Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing (Cambridge, MA & London: MIT Press): 479–92.
  • (2014) "Programs of the Improbable, Short Circuits of the Unheard-of," Diacritics 42: 70–108.
  • (2016) "Ars and Organological Inventions in Societies of Hyper-Control", Leonardo 49: 480–484. [9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Bernard Stiegler, le grand philosophe français d'Epineuil-le-Fleuriel, est décédé", 7. August 2020.
  2. ^ Benoît Dillet, Robert Porter, Iain Mackenzie (eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism, Edinburgh University Press, 2013, ch. 23.
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, Stuart (18 August 2020). "Bernard Stiegler obituary". The Guardian. ISSN  0261-3077. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Face à la crise climatique et sociale, jusqu'où revoir nos modèles ?". La Croix (in French). 10 January 2020. ISSN  0242-6056. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  5. ^ Bilmes, Leonid (7 November 2019). "Daring to Hope for the Improbable: On Bernard Stiegler's "The Age of Disruption"". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  6. ^ Notice d'autorité personne
  7. ^ "Bernard Stiegler, penseur des mutations contemporaines, est mort à 68 ans", Le Figaro, 7 August 2020.
  8. ^ ""Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2016"". Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  9. ^ Stiegler, Bernard; Tron, Colette; Ross, Daniel (1 October 2016). "Ars and Organological Inventions in Societies of Hyper-Control". Leonardo. 49 (5): 480–484. doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_01080. ISSN  0024-094X. S2CID  57565018.

Further reading

Secondary literature (English)
  • Ross Abbinnett, The Thought of Bernard Stiegler: Capitalism, Technology, and the Politics of Spirit (London, Routledge, 2018)
  • Ross Abbinnett, 'Living After Auschwitz: Memory, Culture and Biopolitics in the Work of Bernard Stielger and Giorgio Agamben', 'Theory, Culture and Society', online (2018)
  • Ross Abbinnett, 'The Politics of Spirit in Stiegler's Techno-Pharmacology', 'Theory, Culture and Society', 32(4)(2014): 65-80
  • Jean-Hugues Barthélémy, "Individuation and knowledge. The refutation of idealism in Simondon's Heritage in France", tr. M. Hayward & A. De Boever, SubStance, n°3/2012, University of Wisconsin Press
  • Stephen Barker, "Threshold (pro-)positions: Touch, Techné, Technics," Derrida Today 2 (2009): 44–65.
  • Stephen Barker, Transformation as an Ontological Imperative: The Human Future According to Bernard Stiegler. [1]
  • Richard Beardsworth, From a Genealogy of Matter to a Politics of Memory: Stiegler's Thinking of Technics. [2]
  • Richard Beardsworth, "Technology and Politics: A Response to Bernard Stiegler," Cultural Politics 6: 181–99.
  • Geoffrey Bennington, "Emergencies," Oxford Literary Review 18 (1996): 175–216. Collected in Interrupting Derrida (New York: Routledge, 2000): 162–79.
  • Jonathan Carter. "Transindividuating Nodes: Rhetoric as the Architechnical Organizer of Networks," Rhetoric Society Quarterly 49, 5 (2019): 542–565.
  • Patrick Crogan, Essential Viewing: Review of Stiegler, La technique et le temps 3. [3]
  • Patrick Crogan, Thinking Cinema(tically) and the Industrial Temporal Object: Schemes and Technics of Experience in Bernard Stiegler's Technics and Time series. [4]
  • Patrick Crogan, "Bernard Stiegler: Philosophy, Technics, and Activism," Cultural Politics 6: 133–56.
  • Ulrik Ekman, "Of Transductive Speed—Stiegler," Parallax 13, 4 (2007): 46–63.
  • Michael Gallope, Heidegger, Stiegler, and the Question of a Musical Technics. [5]
  • Mark B. N. Hansen, "Realtime Synthesis" and the Différance of the Body: Technocultural Studies in the Wake of Deconstruction. [6]
  • Mark B. N. Hansen, "Media Theory," Theory, Culture & Society 23 (2006): 297–306.
  • Conor Heaney, "Rhythmic Nootechnics: Stiegler, Whitehead, and Noetic Life," Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2019. [7]
  • Christina Howells & Gerald Moore (eds.), Stiegler and Technics (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).
  • Ian James, The Technique of Thought: Nancy, Laruelle, Malabou, and Stiegler After Naturalism (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019).
  • Ian James, The New French Philosophy (Cambridge: Polity, 2012).
  • Ian James, "Bernard Stiegler and the Time of Technics," Cultural Politics 6: 207–27.
  • John Lechte, "Technics, Time and Stiegler's 'Orthographic Moment'," Parallax 13, 4 (2007): 64–77.
  • Ben Roberts, "Stiegler Reading Derrida: The Prosthesis of Deconstruction in Technics," Postmodern Culture 16, 1 (2005).
  • Ben Roberts, "Cinema as Mnemotechnics: Bernard Stiegler and the 'Industrialization of Memory'," Angelaki 11 (2006): 55–63.
  • Ben Roberts, "Rousseau, Stiegler and the Aporia of Origin," Forum for Modern Language Studies 42 (2006): 382–94.
  • Ben Roberts, "Introduction to Bernard Stiegler," Parallax 13, 4 (2007): 26–28.
  • Daniel Ross, The Cinematic Condition of the Politico-Philosophical Future. [8]
  • Daniel Ross, Politics and Aesthetics, or, Transformations of Aristotle in Bernard Stiegler. [9]
  • Daniel Ross, Translator's Introduction to Bernard Stiegler's "Pharmacology of Desire: Drive-based Capitalism and Libidinal Dis-economy". [10]
  • Jared Russell, "Stiegler and the Clinic," Undecidable Unconscious: A Journal of Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis 2 (2015): 95-114.
  • Ben Turner, "Life and the Technical Transformation of Différance: Stiegler and the Noo-Politics of Becoming Non-Inhuman," Derrida Today 9:2 (2016): 177–198.
  • Ben Turner, "Ideology and Post-structuralism after Bernard Stiegler," Journal of Political Ideologies 22:1 (2017): 92-110.
  • Ben Turner, "From Resistance to Invention in the Politics of the Impossible: Bernard Stiegler's Political Reading of Maurice Blanchot," Contemporary Political Theory (forthcoming).
  • Nathan Van Camp, "Stiegler, Habermas and the Techno-logical Condition of Man," Journal for Cultural Research 13 (2009): 125–41.
  • David Wills, "Techneology or the Discourse of Speed," in Marquard Smith & Joanne Morra (eds.), The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future (Cambridge, Massachusetts & London: MIT Press, 2006).
Secondary literature (French)
  • Jean-Hugues Barthélémy, "De la finitude rétentionnelle. Sur La technique et le temps de Bernard Stiegler", in P-E. Schmit et P-A. Chardel (dir.), Phénoménologie et technique(s), Le Cercle Herméneutique Editeur (2008).
  • Amitiés de Bernard Stiegler, réunies par Jean-Luc Nancy, Textes de Emily Apter, Didier Cahen, Michel Deguy, Divya Dwivedi, Erich Hörl, Yuk Hui, Achille Mbembe, Shaj Mohan, Jean-Luc Nancy, Peter Szendy, Esther Tellermann, Colette Tron. Editions Galilée, 2021
  • Jean-Hugues Barthélémy, « Memoria, Immaginazione e Tecnica nell'opera di B. Stiegler » (trad. M. Feyles), in Martino Feyles (dir.), Memoria, Immaginazione e tecnica, Rome, NEU, 2010; pp. 189–198.
  • Jean-Hugues Barthélémy, "Penser après Simondon et par-delà Deleuze", Cahiers Simondon N°2, Paris, L'Harmattan, 2010.
  • Online paper about Stiegler's link to Simondon, by Jean-Hugues Barthélémy et Vincent Bontems [11]
  • Pierre-Antoine Chardel, "De l'écriture aux téle-technologies (ou le jeu de la difference en question)", in P-E Schmit et P-A Chardel (dir.), Phénoménologie et technique(s), Le Cercle Herméneutique Editeur (2008).
  • Benoit Dillet & Alain Jugnon (eds.), Technologiques: La Pharmacie de Bernard Stiegler (Nantes: Cécile Defaut, 2013).

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