The Philosophical and Technical Legacy of Bernard Stiegler

Harry Halpin

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Abstract

Although technical systems may not seem on the surface to be philosophical in nature, there is a historical influence in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) of Heidegger via the work of Winograd and Dreyfus. However, the late philosopher Bernard Stiegler critiqued this positivist reading of Heidegger, noting how Heidegger himself ultimately did not understand the political stakes of technology. Rather than abandon technology, Bernard Stiegler argued that we must repurpose technology to create a new form of society in the wake of the digital disruption. We review his often difficult philosophical vocabulary, his political stance, and his nearly unknown role in motivating a number of innovative software projects at Institut de recherche et d'innovation du Centre Pompidou. It is precisely a fundamental philosophical reorientation that will allow researchers to create the new kinds of programs that can meet the challenge posed by our digital epoch.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1-8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380959
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2021
Event2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/05/2113/05/21

Keywords

  • Digital studies
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Philosophy

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