The Re-Enchantment of the World: The Value of Spirit Against by Bernard Stiegler

By Bernard Stiegler

Bernard Stiegler’s paintings at the intimate kin among the human and the technical have made him essentially the most vital voices to have emerged in French philosophy within the final decade. while either an obtainable summation of that paintings and a continuation of it, The Re-Enchantment of the World advances a critique of client capitalism that attracts on Freud and Marx to build an totally modern research of our time. The ebook explores the cognitive, affective, social and fiscal results of the ‘proletarianization’ of the patron in past due capitalism and the ensuing destruction of the consumer’s savoir-vivre. Reflecting the collective paintings of his activist business enterprise, Ars Industrialis, Stiegler right here units forth another route to that of ‘industrial populism’, person who appeals to the strength of the human spirit.

The Re-Enchantment of the World additionally contains the manifesto of Ars Industrialis and an account of the organisation’s 2005 summit in Tunis.

“Expounding and constructing the paintings of his imagine tank and strain crew, Ars Industrialis, this ebook bargains a close-up of Stiegler’s philosophy in its engagement with our modern global. Exposing the poisonous short-termism of our runaway economics, Stiegler bargains us another: the repurposing of applied sciences of regulate and intake in the direction of an financial system of contribution. His analyses ring profoundly actual, and his urgency is extraordinary: this can be a venture we won't have the funds for to ignore.” —Martin Crowley, Reader in glossy French idea and tradition, Queens’ university, college of Cambridge, UK

“Stiegler deals penetrating philosophical analyses of our modern info society and of the economic version of shopper capitalism that underpins it. He writes with an urgency and imaginative and prescient that demanding situations us to reclaim our freedom and data and to recreate a global that may now not be subordinated to the exigencies of intake, construction and unlimited development. Stiegler tells us that there might be otherwise and that there are futures which might be diversified from the current now we have. His perception and originality make him the most very important and essential philosophers dwelling and writing today.” —Ian James, Lecturer in French, Downing collage, college of Cambridge, UK

“The interventions introduced jointly in The Re-Enchantment of the World paintings beautifully as some degree of access into the more and more vital philosophy of Bernard Stiegler. it's also a tremendous paintings in its personal correct, the main strident instance of present French philosophy’s go back to political activism. Stiegler argues that buyer capitalism is deleteriously eroding the tactics of sublimation that provides upward push to hope, resulting in emotional exhaustion, social atomism, apathy and a deadly short-termism. Ars Industrialis bargains not only a critique, yet a treatment for this dying. via harnessing expertise to generate significant participation, to create an ‘economy of contribution’ instead of emotional exploitation, we will invent ourselves a destiny during which there's an alternative choice to immiserating acquiescence.” —Dr. Gerald Moore, Director, MA in tradition and distinction, Lecturer in French, college of recent Languages & Cultures, Durham college, united kingdom

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