Bernard Stiegler and the necessity of education is the hammer broken and so what?

Letiche, Hugo, Lightfoot, Geoff and Lilley, Simon (2022) Bernard Stiegler and the necessity of education is the hammer broken and so what? Educational Philosophy and Theory . pp. 1-13. ISSN 0013-1857

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There has been an excellent series of formative articles centring on Bernard Stiegler (1952-2020) as an inspiration to pedagogical thought; this is a summative article written from the perspective of after his death. Stiegler argued that education is ontologically crucial to human development, wherein technics or the ‘not-experienced-condition(s)-necessary-for-experience’ are crucial to humanity’s ability to create its own existence. Technics make possible the technologies underpinning contemporary Anthropocentric existence. While entropy poses the cosmological threat of death to life, technics supports negentropy or the collecting and marshalling of energy opposed to entropy. Education is a crucial means of social negentropy, however all human agency is characterized by the pharmakon of more entropy or increased negentropy. The tension is inevitable in the pharmakon between on the one side, care and cure; and on the other, poison and death. In this article, we ask: ‘Given his suicide, what sort of pharmakon was Stiegler for himself and for us?’1 The authorial “I,” ‘Bernard Stiegler’ is no longer a living critic of social entropy or of proletarization and ‘technoscience’; what do we now make of his oeuvre for education? We will point to his inversions and purposeful mis-interpretations of Heidegger and Derrida as crucial to his oeuvre. Stiegler’s phenomenal being has ended; what technics have been strengthened and specifically: ‘What now of education?’

Keywords:Bernard Stiegler, technics, technology, entropy/negentropy, pharmakon, proletarization, philosophy of education
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:50142
Deposited On:19 Jul 2022 10:41

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