Bernard Stiegler (1952) is a French philosopher who is director of the Institut de recherche et d’innovation, and a doctor of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He has been a program director at the Collège international de philosophie, senior lecturer at Université de Compiègne, deputy director general of the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, director of IRCAM, and director of the Cultural Development Department at the Centre Pompidou. He is also distinguished professor of the Advanced Studies Institute of Nanjing, and a member of the French government’s Conseil national du numérique.
Stiegler has published more than thirty books, all of which situate the question of technology as the repressed centre of philosophy, and in particular insofar as it constitutes an artificial, exteriorised memory that undergoes numerous transformations in the course of human existence.
Among his writings translated in English: Automatic Society, Volume 1: The Future of Work (Polity Press, 2016), Symbolic Misery, Volume 2: The Catastrophe of the Sensible (Polity Press, 2015), Symbolic Misery, Volume 1: The Hyper-Industrial Epoch (Polity Press, 2014), The Re-Enchantment of the World: The Value of Spirit Against Industrial Populism (Bloomsbury, 2014), The Lost Spirit of Capitalism: Disbelief and Discredit, 3 (Polity Press, 2014), What Makes Life Worth Living: On Pharmacology (Polity Press, 2013), Uncontrollable Societies of Disaffected Individuals: Disbelief and Discredit, 2 (Polity Press, 2013), The Decadence of Industrial Democracies: Disbelief and Discredit, 1 (Polity Press, 2011), For a New Critique of Political Economy (Polity Press, 2010), Technics and Time, 3: Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise(Stanford University Press, 2010), Technics and Time, 2: Disorientation (Stanford University Press, 2009), Acting Out (Stanford University Press, 2009), Technics and Time, 1: The Fault of Epimetheus (Stanford University Press, 1998).
Stiegler has a long term engagement with the relation between technology and philosophy, not only in a theoretical sense, but also situating them in industry and society as practices. He is one of the founders of the political group Ars Industrialis based in Paris, which calls for an industrial politics of spirit, by exploring the possibilities of the technology of spirit, to bring forth a new “life of the mind”.