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Preview — Technics and Time, 1 by Bernard Stiegler. Richard Beardsworth Translator. George Collins Translator. What is a technical object? At the beginning of Western philosophy, Aristotle contrasted beings formed by nature, which had within themselves a beginning of movement and rest, and man-made objects, which did not have the source of their own production within themselves. This book, the first of three volumes, revises the Aristotelian argument and develops an innovative asse What is a technical object?
This book, the first of three volumes, revises the Aristotelian argument and develops an innovative assessment whereby the technical object can be seen as having an essential, distinct temporality and dynamics of its own. The Aristotelian concept persisted, in one form or another, until Marx, who conceived of the possibility of an evolution of technics. Lodged between mechanics and biology, a technical entity became a complex of heterogeneous forces.
In a parallel development, while industrialization was in the process of overthrowing the contemporary order of knowledge as well as contemporary social organization, technology was acquiring a new place in philosophical questioning.
Philosophy was for the first time faced with a world in which technical expansion was so widespread that science was becoming more and more subject to the field of instrumentality, with its ends determined by the imperatives of economic struggle or war, and with its epistemic status changing accordingly.
The power that emerged from this new relation was unleashed in the course of the two world wars. Working his way through the history of the Aristotelian assessment of technics, the author engages the ideas of a wide range of thinkers—Rousseau, Husserl, and Heidegger, the paleo-ontologist Leroi-Gourhan, the anthropologists Vernant and Detienne, the sociologists Weber and Habermas, and the systems analysts Maturana and Varela. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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Can anyone familiar with Stiegler tell me if any of his books are easier to read than others? See 2 questions about Technics and Time, 1…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 11, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy , phenomenology , heidegger , technics , available , anthropology , archaeology , media , simondon , derrida.
The mode of having-been designates the sedimenting of invention and anticipation into inorganic technical objects, the externalization of memory into a Gestell , such that a world-building technical system inexorably comes to enframe the human and organic.
Contra Rousseau's "state of nature", the origin of man is not one for which externality is alien. Man only arrives with external technicity; prior to this, "only the animal is present", for he is completely whole with himself, with only the interior instincts proper to the animal. To exit outside this whole through reflection, to de-naturalize, is to open the space for inventive reflection, and thus technicity.
Man constitutes and is constituted by his externalization in one and the same moment. From this standpoint, Stiegler ends this volume with a critique of Heidegger's account of Dasein's world-historical past, "the past that is his own but which he has never lived".
Heidegger approaches but never fully reckons with having-been through his analysis of thrownness, in which he places historical thematization in the hand of Dasein while neglecting the positive constituting ground of the already-there itself.
Technics qua having-been circumscribes Dasein's worldly engagements, is the autonomous system which constitutes his world. We then see how, as the title's appropriation of Heidegger suggests, it is not being which is temporality, but technics.
Dec 10, Lynn rated it liked it. I love that this book attempts to address the role of technology in social change by considering the way in which humans were always-already in need of "prosthetics.
Aug 06, Brian Kubarycz marked it as to-read. The customer reviews at Amazon seemed to indicate this book is a waste of time. I can't tell you how eager I am to waste my time with it.
What interests me most, off hand, is the author's return to the work of Andre Leroi-Gourhan, someone I don't believe anyone has touched since Derrida in Of Grammatology. Sep 23, Andrew added it Shelves: theeeeeeory. In our Internet age, we seem to constantly be asking, in editorials, in think pieces, in blogs, about the degree to which technology has its own logic.
There are those who believe that it develops independently of the human endeavor, and those who believe it to be a strictly human invention. These two camps roughly, but not universally, correspond to the parties who believe technology to dictate human behavior, and those who believe the opposite, respectively.
Stiegler develops an interesting sor In our Internet age, we seem to constantly be asking, in editorials, in think pieces, in blogs, about the degree to which technology has its own logic. Stiegler develops an interesting sort of middle path in the first part of this first volume, drawing heavily from the full scope of human history, and especially on the archaeological research of Leroi-Gourhan.
While the second part-- a meditation on dasein -- turned me off, largely because I just lacked the intimate knowledge of Heidegger to really feel I could understand it, the first part of this treatise is fascinating.
If you have any interest at all in why you can't stop playing Candy Crush, give it a read. Apr 03, Luke Echo rated it liked it. Tough text. The argument about the problem with a Second Origin of the "human" is quite good: The Critique of Rousseau and that line of thought that posits an un-corrupted humanity.
The later sections which critique Heidegger - his attempt to place techne prior to Dasein was more difficult to grasp hold of. Jan 05, Leonard Houx rated it really liked it Shelves: learning-and-technology.
The second part is the really critical bit, where he presents a brilliant reading and critique of Heidegger--arguing that time is essentially technological, i.
Although this was far from an easy read and the initial chapters feel like stuffing, this is one of the few books I have read lately where I felt like I was really being told something radical and new. Nov 08, Trey Pharis rated it it was amazing.
I liked this. Interesting extension of the Heideggerean question of time and technics. Stiegler sees technics as essential in the formation of time. Jan 01, CL Chu rated it liked it. The extensive reference to Leroi-Gourhan and Heidegger can become tedious sometimes, but still a foundational work of Stiegler's highly intriguing philosophy of technology. Nov 03, Casey Sutherland rated it it was amazing. Jun 09, Steen Ledet rated it really liked it Shelves: deconstruction , body , academics , embodiment , media , philosophy , posthuman , theory , phenomenology.
An excellent deconstruction of the fault of humans, time and technology. Dense both stylistically and philosophically, it remains a landmark in posthuman thought. Mar 12, Kevin Q rated it really liked it. If you think deconstruction can't be deconstructed.
If you dig 'degger. And if your moose curl for husserl that didn't work. This book is a challenge that still brings lulz. Paul Caceres rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Gizem rated it really liked it Oct 15, Ilja Van rated it liked it Jul 01, Kristupas Sabolius rated it really liked it Aug 17, Jean rated it liked it Dec 11, Hallvard rated it really liked it Nov 13, Bob rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Karen rated it really liked it Feb 27, Arto Tammenoksa rated it it was ok Feb 25, Iany Mcgrawn rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Jake rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Jake Rademacher rated it it was amazing May 27,
Technics and Time, 1: The Fault of Epimetheus
In the first two volumes of Technics and Time , Bernard Stiegler worked carefully through Heidegger's and Husserl's relationship to technics and technology. Here, in volume three, he turns his attention to the prolematic relationship to technics he finds in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason , particularly in the two versions of the Transcendental Deduction. Stiegler relates this problematic to the "cinematic nature" of time, which precedes cinema itself but reaches an apotheosis in it as the exteriorization process of schema, through tertiary retentions and their mechanisms. The book focuses on the relationship between these themes and the "culture industry"— as defined by Adorno and Horkheimer—that has supplanted the educational institutions on which genuine cultural participation depends. This displacement, Stiegler says, has produced a malaise from which current global culture suffers.
The series currently consists of three books. Stiegler argues that "technics" forms the horizon of human existence. This fact has been suppressed throughout the history of philosophy, which has never ceased to operate on the basis of a distinction between episteme and tekhne. The thesis of the book is that the genesis of technics corresponds not only to the genesis of what is called "human" but of temporality as such, and that this is the clue toward understanding the future of the dynamic process in which the human and the technical consists. Stiegler has thus far published three volumes in the Technics and Time series.
What is a technical object? At the beginning of Western philosophy, Aristotle contrasted beings formed by nature, which had within themselves a beginning of movement and rest, and man-made objects, which did not have the source of their own production within themselves. This book, the first of three volumes, revises the Aristotelian argument and develops an innovative assessment whereby the technical object can be seen as having an essential, distinct temporality and dynamics of its own. The Aristotelian concept persisted, in one form or another, until Marx, who conceived of the possibility of an evolution of technics. Lodged between mechanics and biology, a technical entity became a complex of heterogeneous forces.