Critical philosopher of the capitalist system, Bernard Stiegler died Thursday, August 6, at the age of 68, announced the International College of Philosophy. Committed to the left, this thinker who took a stand against the liberal excesses of society, focused his reflection on the challenges of social, economic or psychological changes brought about by technological development.
In particular, he analyzed the risks posed by these changes on traditional employment, predicting its disappearance. Known for having created the philosophical think tank Ars industrialis, in which he encourages us to renew our way of thinking about our relationship to technique and in particular to algorithms, he was also at the head, since 2006, of the Research Institute and innovation at the Center Pompidou.
An extraordinary course
Born in Villebon-sur-Yvette (in Essonne) in 1952, Bernard Stiegler was also known for his atypical career. He had thus studied philosophy at a distance in prison, where he had remained five years after several armed bank robberies. Supported by Jacques Derrida, this former member of the post-May-68 PCF had defended his thesis at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in 1993.
Among his many essays, this father of four had published in January "What do we call heal? The Lesson of Greta Thunberg", in which he questioned the inability of states and companies to respond to demands ecological, by believing that the sciences should be autonomous from capitalism. A lighting that he had also defended on the set of France 24, in January 2020.
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He was also the author of "L'Emploi est mort. Vive le travail!", "States of shock: stupidity and knowledge in the 21st century" and co-author, with Denis Kambouchner and Philippe Meirieu, of "L'École, le numérique and the society that comes ". The philosopher was to participate at the end of August in Arles in a new festival on the relationship of man to nature, "Agir pour le vivant".
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