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Life and the Technical Transformation of Différance: Stiegler and the Noopolitics of Becoming Non-Inhuman

Turner, Ben (2016) Life and the Technical Transformation of Différance: Stiegler and the Noopolitics of Becoming Non-Inhuman. Derrida Today, 9 (2). pp. 177-198. ISSN 1754-8500. (doi:10.3366/drt.2016.0132) (KAR id:63277)

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Through a re-articulation of Derridean différance, Bernard Stiegler claims that the human is defined by an originary default that displaces all psychic and social life onto technical supplements. His philosophy of technics re-articulates the logic of the supplement as concerning both human reflexivity and its supports, and the history of the différance of life itself. This has been criticised for reducing Derrida’s work to a metaphysics of presence, and for instituting a humanism of the relation to the inorganic. By refuting these claims, this article will show that Stiegler’s doubling of différance enables him to articulate the human as constituted by both the individuation characteristic of ‘life’, and that of a technical, psychic and collective individuation. Putting forward a reading of the logic of the trace in life, and emphasising the aspects of Leroi-Gourhan, Simondon, and Canguilhem that Stiegler uses in his reading of Derrida, I will demonstrate that the political stakes of adaption and adoption in Noo-Politics require this re-articulation of différance. Technics shapes the human future, arising from this differential mutation; marking the invention of the human as the site of the political.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3366/drt.2016.0132
Uncontrolled keywords: Stiegler, Derrida, Technics, Différance, Life, Noo-Politics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Ben Turner
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 15:37 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 07:43 UTC
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