Title
Stiegler, Habermas and the techno-logical condition of man Stiegler, Habermas and the techno-logical condition of man
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Jewish Studies
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Journal for cultural research. - London
Volume/pages
13(2009) :2 , p. 125-141
ISSN
1479-7585
vabb
c:vabb:153145
Carrier
E
Target language
French (fre)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In his multi-volume work Technics and Time Bernard Stiegler forges a new and highly original understanding of the relation between the human and technics. By thinking of technics as organized inorganic matter endowed with a proper dynamic and constitutive of temporality, Stiegler considers the evolution of technics as mutually constitutive with the evolution of the human. Moreover, Stiegler claims that this notion of originary technicity has been systematically disavowed by the philosophical tradition as a result of which it has always tended to oppose technics to the human. Starting from a discussion of Stiegler's critical engagement with the paleontologist Andre Leroi-Gourhan, this article aims at expanding its bearing to Jurgen Habermas's theory of technics, a possibility at which Stiegler himself hints but which he does not pursue. It will be argued that the opposition Leroi-Gourhan draws between technical consciousness and symbolic consciousness reappears in Habermas's writings as that between work and interaction or purposive-rational action and communicative action
E-info
doi: 10.1080/14797580902786473
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