Special Issue on the French philosopher of technology and political activist Bernard Stiegler, guest edited by Patrick Crogan.
Bernard Stiegler: Philosophy, Technics, And Activism
Patrick Crogan on the principal theoretical coordinates of Stiegler’s philosophy of technology and its relevance for critical explorations between culture and the political.
Knowledge, Care, and Trans-Individuation: An Interview with Bernard Stiegler
Patrick Crogan probes the cultural and political dimensions of Bernard Stiegler’s enterprise, including his conceptualization of contemporary social and cultural, political and environmental crises.
Telecracy Against Democracy
Bernard Stiegler critically reflects on what he terms ‘telecracy’ or the ruination of democracy and citizenship by the short-circuiting of the normal mechanisms of politics by way of television and the wider televisual program industries.
Technology and Politics: A Response to Bernard Stiegler
Richard Beardsworth considers Stiegler’s contribution to contemporary critical theory as a singular understanding of technology indebted to the Marxist analysis of capitalism and Freudian libidinal economy.
Song of Russia [LINK to full content]
Yevgeniy Fiks' ‘Song of Russia’, is a series of paintings based on imagery borrowed from what Stiegler calls the ‘program industries’ or, in this case, three sympathetic Hollywood films about Russia that were produced at the behest of President Franklin D Roosevelt between 1943 and 1944, inclusive of North Star, Song of Russia, and Mission to Moscow.
Bernard Stiegler and the Time of Technics
Ian James examines Stiegler’s thinking about technics as developed in his Technics and Time trilogy, his relationship to Francis Fukuyama’s ideas on technology, history, and progress, as well to a number of other contemporary critical theorists such as Paul Virilio.
The Limits of Human Progress: A Critical Study
Gilbert Simondon looks at human progress and production, language and religion in relation to technical progress after the Renaissance. Are people agents or subjects of development or both and what are the implications for the industrial system?
What New Humanism Today?
Jean-Hugues Barthelemy argues for a reading of humanism and Enlightenment that strips them of their scientistic and Eurocentric implications and makes the values of both available for contemporary appropriation by way of Simondon, Marx, and Heidegger.
Kant Avec Ferry: Some Thoughts on Bernard Stiegler’s Prendre Soin: I. De La Jeunesse et des Generations
Chris Turner on Stiegler’s understanding of the import of the neoliberal turn, the barbarism of the market, and the psychopower of the program industries as individuals are targeted merely as consumers.
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John Armitage, Northumbria University, UK; Ryan Bishop, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles, USACultural Politics is an international, refereed journal that explores the global character and effects of contemporary culture and politics. It analyzes how cultural identities, agencies and actors, political issues and conflicts, and global media are linked, characterized, examined and resolved. In doing so, the journal explores precisely what is cultural about politics and what is political about culture. It investigates the marginalized and outer regions of this complex and interdisciplinary subject area. Each issue publishes artwork by selected artists reflecting contemporary cultural and political issues.