The Thought of Bernard Stiegler: Capitalism, Technology and the Politics of Spirit

The Thought of Bernard Stiegler: Capitalism, Technology and the Politics of Spirit

by Ross Abbinnett

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This book provides a comprehensive account of the work of Bernard Stiegler, one of the most influential living social and political philosophers of the twenty-first century. Focusing on Stiegler’s thought on hyperindustrial society and the development of technological systems through which the social, economic and political life of human beings has been transformed, the author examines Stiegler’s claim that the human species is ‘originally technological’ and that to understand the evolution of human society, we must first understand the interface between human beings and technology.

A study of the reciprocal development of technical instruments and human faculties, that offers a chapter-by-chapter account of how this relationship is played out in the digital, informatic and biotechnological programmes of hyperindustrial society, The Thought of Bernard Stiegler develops Stiegler’s idea of technology as a pharmakon: a network of systems that provoke both existential despair and unprecedented modes of aesthetic, literary and philosophical creativity that can potentially revitalize the political culture of human beings.

As such, it will appeal to social and political theorists and philosophers concerned with our postmodern inheritance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351810982
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/06/2017
Series: Media, Culture and Critique: Future Imperfect
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
File size: 762 KB

About the Author

Ross Abbinnett is Senior Lecturer in Social and Political Theory and Programme Director of the BA in Sociology at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Originary Technicity

Chapter 2. The Evolution of the Arche-Programme

Chapter 3. The Capitalization of Life

Chapter 4. Transhumanist Networks

Chapter 5. Crises of the Aesthetic

Chapter 6. A Planetary Pharmacology?

Conclusion: The Internation and the University


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