Bernard Stiegler

(Updated on 04/08/2013)

Bernard Stiegler is a philosopher and the Director of the Georges Pompidou Institute of Research and Innovation, created to anticipate changes in cultural resources and consumption brought about by new technologies.  His probingly critical books, including What Makes Life Worth Living: On Pharmacology (Polity Press, April 2013), reflect on the effects these technologies and capitalism have on our daily lives and spirits, and sound a call to arms against some of their more pernicious effects. 

Stiegler studied under the direction of Jacques Derrida at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, where he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1993. Since then, he has directed research at the Collège international de philosophie and the University of Technology of Compiègne, and held the posts of deputy director of the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA) and director of the Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique (Ircam).

In 2005, Stiegler founded the cultural and philosophical association Ars Industrialis, which he continues to direct. Through various publications as well as its internet activity, this association offers critical reflection on the "technologies de l’esprit" (in particular, telecommunications and computer technology) and examines the underlying economic realities in these fields, calling for a new “life of the mind.” He is also an associate professor at Goldsmith College in London and the Université de technologie de Compiègne.