Bernard Stiegler

(b. 1952)

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Frenchphilosopher. Before becoming a philosopher, Stiegler led a colourful life, which included a period of incarceration for armed robbery between 1978 and 1983. As he recounts in his autobiography, Passer à l'acte (2003), translated as Acting Out (2009), it was during this period that he became interested in philosophy. He went on to complete a PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in 1992. Since then his career has taken off. Presently he is the cultural development department director at the Centre Georges-Pompidou, but he also holds a teaching appointment at EHESS. An incredibly prolific author, Stiegler has written many books, the best known of which are: La Technique et le temps (three volumes, 1994–2001), De la misère symbolique (two volumes, 2004–2005), and Échographies de la télévision (with Jacques Derrida, 1996). He is best known for his development of the concept of technics, which has become a key term in philosophical investigations of the ontology of new technology.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

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