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.
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