- UC Santa Cruz
- Visual Studies PhD
Digital Studies as Organology and Pharmacology
Bernard Stiegler directs the Institut de recherche et d’innovation du Centre Pompidou and is president of the Ars Industrialis association. He is affiliate faculty at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, distinguished professor at Nanjing University, and visiting professor at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University.
Digital studies have two principal traits:
Exosomatization (cf., Lotka and Georgescu-Roegen) is the the organogenesis of artifacts which constitute the underpinnings of knowledge. However, these underpinnings are « pharmaka » (in Socrates’s sense) : both poisons and medicines. Digital studies that examine these two sides of the pharmakon are a « pharmacology. » And, the analysis of the relations between exosomatic organs, endosomatic organs and social organizations constitute a general organology.
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