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Bernard Stiegler
Bernard Stiegler in "The Ister
Born (1952-04-01) 1 April 1952 (age 66)
"Seine-et-Oise, France
Era "21st-century philosophy
Region "Western philosophy
"School "Continental philosophy
Institutions Institut de recherche et d'innovation, "Centre Georges-Pompidou
Main interests
"Philosophy of technology · "Individuation
Notable ideas
Symbolic misery

Bernard Stiegler (French: "[stiɡlɛʁ]; born 1 April 1952) is a French philosopher. He is head of the Institut de recherche et d'innovation (IRI), which he founded in 2006 at the "Centre Georges-Pompidou. He is also the founder in 2005 of the political and cultural group, Ars Industrialis, and the founder in 2010 of the philosophy school, pharmakon.fr, held at "Épineuil-le-Fleuriel. His best known work is "Technics and Time, 1: The Fault of Epimetheus.

He speaks some english.


Influences and themes[edit]

Stiegler's work is influenced by, among others, "Sigmund Freud, "André Leroi-Gourhan, "Gilbert Simondon, "Friedrich Nietzsche, "Paul Valéry, "Edmund Husserl, "Martin Heidegger, "Karl Marx, "Gilles Deleuze and "Jacques Derrida.

Key themes are technology, time, "individuation, "consumerism, "consumer capitalism, "technological convergence, "digitization, "Americanization, education and the future of politics and human society.


Between 1978 and 1983 Stiegler was incarcerated for armed robbery, first at the Prison Saint-Michel in "Toulouse, and then at the Centre de détention in "Muret. It was during this period that he became interested in philosophy, studying it by correspondence with "Gérard Granel at the "Université de Toulouse-Le-Mirail. His transformation in prison is recounted in his book, Passer à l’acte (2003; the English translation of this work is included in the 2009 volume, "Acting Out).


In 1987–88, with Catherine Counot, Stiegler commissioned an exhibition at the Centre Georges-Pompidou, entitled Mémoires du futur: bibliothèques et technologies. Stiegler defended his thesis at the "École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in 1992. He has been a Director at the "Collège international de philosophie, and a Professor at the "Université de Technologie at "Compiègne, as well as a visiting professor at "Goldsmiths, University of London. He has held the positions of Director General at the "Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA), and Director General at the "Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).

On 1 January 2006 he commenced as Director of the Department of Cultural Development at the Centre Georges-Pompidou. He is currently Director of the Institut de recherche et d'innovation (IRI), which was created at his initiative in April 2006. The IRI is affiliated with the Department of Cultural Development.

In 2010, Stiegler opened his own philosophy school in the French town of "Épineuil-le-Fleuriel.


Stiegler has been prolifically publishing books, articles and interviews since 1994. His works include several ongoing series of books:

Ars Industrialis[edit]

On 18 June 2005 Stiegler founded a political and cultural group, Ars Industrialis, the manifesto of which calls for an "industrial politics of spirit." The manifesto is signed by Stiegler and the other co-founders of the group, George Collins, Marc Crépon, "Catherine Perret and Caroline Stiegler. An updated manifesto was released in 2010.


On 18 September 2010 Stiegler opened his own philosophy school (called pharmakon.fr) in the small French town of "Épineuil-le-Fleuriel, in the department of "Cher. The school runs a course for "lycée students in the region, a doctoral program conducted by videoconference, and a summer academy that involves both groups of students as well as interested inhabitants from the surrounding area. The context and themes of the school lie in Stiegler's argument that we are entering a period of post-consumerism and post-globalization. At a philosophical level, the school is engaged in research, critique and analysis in line with Stiegler's pharmacological approach.

Cinema and television[edit]

Stiegler features prominently in a number of works of film and television, and has appeared on French television numerous times. Among his most significant appearances are the following:


Stiegler's daughter Barbara (born 1971) is also a philosopher. She attended the "École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-St-Cloud, and in 2003 obtained her doctorate from the "University of Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne. Barbara Stiegler is the author of Nietzsche et la biologie (2001) and Nietzsche et la critique de la chair: Dionysos, Ariane, le Christ (2005). She is not to be confused with the German sociologist of the same name.



Books in French[edit]

Books in English[edit]

Online texts[edit]

Other English translations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Benoît Dillet, Robert Porter, Iain Mackenzie (eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism, Edinburgh University Press, 2013, ch. 23.
  2. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2016"

Further reading[edit]

Secondary literature (English)[edit]

Secondary literature (French)[edit]

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