States of Shock: Stupidity and Knowledge in the 21st Century

States of Shock: Stupidity and Knowledge in the 21st Century


In 1944 Horkheimer and Adorno warned that commercial society turns cause into explanation, and Polanyi warned of the hazards of the self-regulating industry, yet at the present time, argues Stiegler, this regression of cause has resulted in societies ruled by means of unreason, stupidity and insanity. in spite of the fact that, philosophy within the moment 1/2 the 20th century deserted the critique of political financial system, and poststructuralism left its heirs helpless and disarmed in face of the reign of stupidity and an monetary difficulty of worldwide proportions.

New theories and ideas are required at the present time to imagine via those concerns. The thinkers of poststructuralism Lyotard, Deleuze, Derrida has to be re-read, as needs to the resources in their proposal, Hegel and Marx. yet we should also take account of Naomi Klein's critique of Milton Friedman and the Chicago institution and her account of the 'shock doctrine'. actually, argues Stiegler, an enduring 'state of concern' has prevailed because the starting of the commercial revolution, intensified through the inventive destruction led to through the consumerist version. the end result has been a capitalism that destroys hope and cause and within which each establishment is undermined, certainly these associations which are the goods par excellence of the Enlightenment the schooling approach and universities.

Through a strong critique of thinkers from Marx to Derrida, Stiegler develops new conceptual guns to struggle this destruction. He argues that faculties and universities needs to themselves be remodeled: new academic associations has to be built either to take account of the hazards of digitization and the net and to permit us to exploit the recent possibilities they make on hand.

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