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Stiegler and Technics

Edited by Christina Howells, Gerald Moore

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The first collection of critical essays on the work of Bernard Stiegler

These 17 essays covers all aspects of Bernard Stiegler's work, from poststructuralism, anthropology and psychoanalysis to his work on the politics of memory, ‘libidinal economy’, technoscience and aesthetics, keeping a focus on his key theory of technics throughout.

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Abbreviations & Guide to Referencing
Introduction: Philosophy – The Repression of Technics, Christina Howells & Gerald Moore
I: Anthropology – The Invention of the Human
1. Adapt and Smile or Die! Stiegler Among the Darwinists, Gerald Moore
2. The Prehistory of Technology: On the contribution of Leroi-Gourhan, Christopher Johnson
3. Of a Mythical Philosophical Anthropology: The Transcendental and the Empirical in Technics and Time, Michael Lewis
4. Technics and Cerebrality, Ian James
II: Aesthetics – The Industrialisation of the Symbolic
5. Technics, or the Fading Away of Aesthetics: The Sensible and the Question of Kant, Serge Trottein
6. Experience of the Industrial Temporal Object, Patrick Crogan
7. The Artist and the Amateur, from Misery to Invention, Martin Crowley
III: Psychoanalysis – The (De)sublimation of Desire
8. ‘Le Défaut d’origine’: the prosthetic constitution of love and desire, Christina Howells
9. The Technical Object of Psychoanalysis, Tania Espinoza
10. Desublimation in Education for Democracy, Oliver Davis
IV: Politics – The Consumption of Spirit
11. The New Critique of Political Economy, Miguel de Beistegui
12. Stiegler and Foucault: The Politics of Care and Self-Writing, Sophie Fuggle
13. Technology and Politics: A Response to Bernard Stiegler, Richard Beardsworth
14. Memories of Inauthenticity: Stiegler and the Lost Spirit of Capitalism, Ben Roberts
V: Pharmacology – The Poison that is also a Cure
15. Pharmacology and Critique after Deconstruction, Daniel Ross
16. Techno-pharmaco-genealogy, Stephen Barker
Notes on contributors

About the Author

Christina Howells is Professor of French at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wadham College. She works on twentieth-century French literature and thought, Continental Philosophy and Literary Theory. Her publications include Sartre: The Necessity of Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 1988), and The Cambridge Companion to Sartre (Cambridge University Press, 1992); Derrida: Deconstruction from Phenomenology to Ethics (Polity Press, 1998); French Women Philosophers (Routledge, 2004); and Mortal Subjects: Passions of the Soul in Late Twentieth-Century French Thought (Polity, 2011).

Gerald Moore is Lecturer in French in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University. He is the author of Politics of the Gift: Exchanges in Poststructuralism (Edinburgh, 2011), as well as articles on recent French thought (Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler), psychoanalysis and literature (Michel Houellebecq). He is currently preparing a monograph, Bernard Stiegler: Philosophy in the Age of Technology, for Polity.


This book is one of the most important collections published in Continental philosophy this year, bringing together many important thinkers to produce excellent forays into aesthetics, the nature of the self after deconstruction, political economy, and post-Freudian notions of desire ... Christina Howells and Gerald Moore are two of the best and most careful interpreters of contemporary Continental philosophy ... Each contributor here makes substantive and important claims about technology, political economy, aesthetics, and so on, with and beyond [Stiegler's] writings, so that this collection operates as a front seat to the most pertinent debates in recent Continental philosophy.

- Peter Gratton, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Since publication of Technics and Time, 2, it has been clear that Bernard Stiegler understood, more incisively than almost all of his contemporaries, that the technological is political. Howells and Moore have assembled an impressive range of commentaries around that idea, in all its complexity, tracing the contours of a rich field that gives Stiegler’s thinking its due, and laying out the terms for future discussion.

- David Wills, Brown University

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