To ‘re-enchant the world’

In the book of interviews Économie de l’hypermatérial et psychopouvoir, Philippe Petit offers an introduction to Stiegler’s philosophical project. Within that preface, entitled ‘The wager of sublimation’, Petit quotes a sentence from Réenchanter le Monde (forthcoming as The Re-enchantment of the World: The Value of the Human Spirit vs Industrial Populism), suggesting it is a kind of article of faith, not necessarily a political programme as such but an ‘appeal to the people of Europe’:

“We, humans, at the beginning of the 21st century, we know that we must become more lucid, more spiritual and more accountable than ever before, and we know at the same time that humanity has never been so blinded, dazed and irresponsible” (taken from Économie de l’hypermatérial et psychopouvoir, p. 13 – my translation).

I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of ‘The Re-enchantment of the World’ sets out of the Ars Industrialis project. I’ve only read bits but the book of interviews also seems to be well worth a read. As transcribed interviews the prose is much more concise than some of Stiegler’s other work and it offers some good explanation of Stiegler’s political arguments.

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