Bernard Stiegler: “Towards a European way of life.” Lecture given at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, in 2008. Bernard Stiegler is a French philosopher and Director of the Institute for Research and Innovation of (IRI). He is also the founder in 2005 of the political and cultural group, Ars Industrialis, and founder in 2010 of the School of Philosophy at the School of Philosophy Epineuil-the-Fleuriel. His best known work is “Technics and Time, 1: The Fault of Epimetheus.” Between 1978 and 1983 Stiegler was incarcerated for armed robbery, first to Saint-Michel prison in Toulouse, then the detention center Muret. It was during this period that he became interested in philosophy, he studied by correspondence with Gérard Granel at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail. Its transformation into prison is told in his book, Taking note (2003). Stiegler work is influenced by, among others, Sigmund Freud, André Leroi-Gourhan, Gilbert Simondon, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Valéry, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida. The main themes of his work are technology, time, individuation, consumerism, consumer capitalism, technological convergence, digitization, Americanization, and the future of politics and human society.
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