Erich Hörl: Where There is No World and No Epoch: Bernard Stiegler's Thinking of the Entropocene
In this lecture, Erich Hörl, University of Leuphana, Lüneburg, discusses the timeliness of Bernard Stiegler's reflections on the time of suspension or "being-in-disruption" that define life in the Entropocene, understood as an un-time without world or epoch.
Where There is No World and No Epoch: Bernard Stiegler’s Thinking of the Entropocene. The lecture outlines the thinking of suspension that characterizes the work of the Bernard Stiegler, who died earlier this year. On the one hand, it lays out the problem of the “objective epokhé [epokhé objective]” and of “epokhal doubling [redoublement épokhal]” Stiegler develops as part of a phenomenology of disorientation. On this basis, on the other hand, it presents Stiegler’s reflections on being-in-disruption that define our present, the Entropocene, as an un-time without world or epoch. The core thesis of the talk is that what is breaking through in Stiegler’s thinking of suspension is a new sense of sense, a trans-formative sense that, given the urgent new “Great Transformation” of which we have seen merely the beginning, may be of great philosophical and political relevance.
Erich Hörl is a philosopher and a professor of media studies at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media of the University of Leuphana (Lüneburg, Germany). A student of Friedrich Kittler, he is specialist on Gilbert Simondon and the history of cybernetics. He works on the question of the “technological condition” of man, and on the development of a new ecological paradigm, challenging the conceptual, political and institutional consequences of contemporary media theory.
Recent publications include General Ecology. The New Ecological Paradigm (Bloomsbury, 2017), Sacred Channels. The Archaic Illusion of Communication (Amsterdam University Press, 2018). “Variations on Klee’s Cosmographic Method,” in Grain, Vapor, Ray. Textures of the Anthropocene, Vol. III, eds Katrin Klingan et. al. (MIT Press, 2015), “A Thousand Ecologies: The Process of Cyberneticization and General Ecology,” in The Whole Earth. California and the Disappearance of the Outside, eds. Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke (Sternberg Press, 2013), and “The Technological Condition,” in Parrhesia: Journal of Critical Philosophy (Issue 22, 2015). He is also the contributing editor of Die technologische Bedingung, (Suhrkamp, 2011).