Stiegler’s continued banality

From an excellent review at Spirit is a Bone:

Prescriptively, Stiegler thinks at the level of dialogue and community to move out of symbolic misery. Fending off the stasis that lies at our gates comes about by re-thinking the formation of community. But he present a theory of community that is apolitical, however, beyond partisan and or ideological lines aimed at bringing philia back to the heart of our civic life. His conception of philia lacks a militant edge and it is difficult to see how we might defeat the new fascism through building some common ground around our shared misery.

Stiegler’s books always manage to be a bad stew of clunky neologisms that manage to restate in philosophemes common sensical ideas such as “kids these days don’t read enough,” “we need more community building,” etc.

Source: How to Win an Aesthetic War: On Bernard Stiegler’s Symbolic Misery | Spirit is a Bone


  1. Yes, he is banal, or at least a lot of those books.articles look banal from what I can glean, never actually having read them. What I have read is the first book of “Prometheus’ Gift” or whatever it’s called, the technology and time stuff (actually I reversed book and series titles there maybe?). I agree there that the writing is clunky/neologistic and much less clear than it needs to be, but it is a very good book otherwise, or at least what I understood of it is. Many of his insights can be taken quite independently of this prescriptivist stuff (and to be fair since I haven’t read the latter it may be subtler than it appears from the reviews).

    That’s about it, sorry for being kind of vague but it doesn’t seem worth getting into nuts and bolts (wow, that’s an appropriate metaphor, I guess…).

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