Culture industry redux: Stiegler and Derrida on technics and cultural politics

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Abstract

This essay seeks to further the critical reception of Stiegler's philosophy of technology by situating his work within the legacy of critical theory (broadly understood) and deconstruction (broadly understood). Drawing on what Richard Beardsworth has described as Stiegler's 'Left-Derrideanism'-his radical re-thinking of the problem of technics and related call for a "politics of memory"-I argue that Stiegler's transformation of both Heidegger and Derrida retrieves and renews the interrupted Frankfurt school tradition of culture industry critique. What we might call Stiegler's 'deconstructive materialism' reinvigorates the project of a cultural politics that would take place in the intersection between culture, technics, and politics in the more conventional sense. In this respect, Stiegler's culture industry redux points to a number of important practical cultural responses to the debilitating malaise that increasingly afflicts politics in liberal capitalist democracies. I conclude by suggesting what such a Stieglerian 'cultural politics of memory' might entail.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTransformations
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

This article first appeared in issue 17, 2009, of the Transformations Journal: www.transformationsjournal.org. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher www.transformationsjournal.org.

Keywords

  • Stiegler
  • Derrida
  • philosophy of technology
  • culture industries
  • cultural politics

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