Bernard Stiegler, prison, exteriorisation, technology, anamnesis, hypomnesis
In his book, Acting Out, philosopher Bernard Stiegler confesses that the question once posed to him by Marianne Alphant − namely, ‘How does one become a philosopher in the intimacy and secret of one’s life?’ threw him ‘into an embarrassing position’, mainly because Stiegler became a philosopher in the intimacy of his prison cell. There is no question that from Socrates to Antonio Gramsci, there have been philosophers who have suffered shorter or longer periods of imprisonment, but this was mainly because of their philosophy – their individuated way of being and thinking. In Bernard Stiegler’s case, it appears that the terms are reversed – in other words, the philosopher emerges as the philosopher he is because of and through imprisonment. This reversal is taken provisionally here, since this paper problematises the very notions of philosophical writing, philosophical acting, and origin, repositioning thus the question of writing, authorship, technology and individuation – namely, the central notions of Bernard Stiegler’s philosophy.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Derrida, J. (1981). Plato’s Pharmacy. In Dissemination (B. Johnson, Trans.) (pp. 63-171). University of Chicago Press.
Derrida, J. (1997). Of Grammatology (G. C. Spivak, Trans.). The John Hopkins University Press.
Foucault, M. (1979). Authorship: What is an author? Screen, 20(1), 13–34. https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/20.1.13
Heidegger, M. (1998). Plato’s Doctrine of Truth. In W. McNell (Ed.), Pathmarks (T. Sheehan, Trans.) (pp. 155-182). Cambridge University Press.
Heidegger, M. (2008). Being and Time (J. Macquarrie & E. Robinson Trans.). Blackwell.
Kouppanou, A. (2018). Technologies of being in Martin Heidegger: Nearness, metaphor and the question of education in digital times. Routledge.
Stiegler, B. (1998). Technics and time, 1: The fault of Epimetheus (R. Beardsworth & G. Collins, Trans.). Stanford University Press.
Stiegler, B. (2009). How I became a philosopher. In Acting Out (D. Barison, D. Ross, & P. Crogan Trans.) (pp. 1-36). Stanford University Press.
Stiegler, B. (2010a). For a new critique of political economy (D. Ross, Trans.). Polity Press.
Stiegler, B. (2010b). Taking care of youth and the generations (S. Barker, Trans.). Stanford University Press.
Stiegler, B. (2011). Decadence of industrial democracies (D. Ross & S. Arnold, Trans.). Polity Press.