[pan Liang, special correspondent of the global times in France] “the other philosophers who robbed the bank have left us!” Bernard Stigler, a famous contemporary French philosopher, died of illness on the 6th at the age of 68, according to Le Monde, a French newspaper. “Legendary life and heavyweight figures that can’t be bypassed in philosophy” is a summary of Stigler by French media.
born in 1952, Stigler experienced the “may storm” movement in 1968, which caused great changes in French society, economy and culture, and joined France in the same year. When he was young and frustrated, he worked on a farm and later ran a bar. However, because of the long-term loss of business, he decided to rob the bank in 1978. “The banks I robbed were all the banks I had saved, and I just wanted to get my own money back,” Stigler said
Stigler said that the bank robbery, on the one hand, was to vent his dissatisfaction with the failure of the “may storm”, and on the other hand, he resisted class oppression. He robbed three banks in a row, was arrested by the police when the last one committed the crime, and then went to Toulouse prison to serve five years.
what is surprising is that Stigler’s prison career has made Stigler decide to “turn back the prodigal son”. Before graduating from high school, he taught himself philosophy for 15 hours every day in prison. After he was released from prison, he studied for a doctorate with Derrida, a master of deconstruction, and obtained a doctorate degree from the French Academy of social sciences. His paper “technology and time” is regarded as one of the most influential works in French philosophy at the end of the 20th century. Stigler’s critique of poverty and the politics of 888 were later completed. Influenced by phenomenology, philosophy of technology, psychoanalysis, postmodernism and deconstruction, Stigler constructed a unique critical discourse that faced the reality of contemporary digital capitalist society. By pushing the “technology” problem from the edge of philosophy to the core position, Stigler established his position in the field of philosophy, and he also became a contemporary One of the most important representatives in the camp of western social critical theory.
it is said that in order to achieve “self-cultivation”, Stigler would go to sleep in a small room he rented outside Paris after midnight, never answering the phone from 5:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., just reading. In Stigler’s view, the biggest enemy of mankind today is not sovereignty expansion or nationalism, but the “de sublimation” process caused by digital and social media. Digital and social media, he argues, make young people “unable to grow up.”. Stigler came to China in 2015, visited China Academy of fine arts, Nanjing University and Tongji University, and held a series of seminars and lectures.
in addition to his academic achievements, Stigler was also vice president of the National Institute of audiovisual studies and President of the French Academy of acoustics, music research and collaboration. Since 2006, Stigler has been the director of the Cultural Development Department of Pompidou national art and culture center in Paris. He is committed to using “technology” to solve the “crisis” faced by art. His colleagues at the Pompidou Center said that he was a rare “liberal wise man” in French intellectual circles, and he had a super strong thinking ability. Everyone was sad and shocked by his sudden departure. France also expressed regret for Stigler’s departure, calling it “a great loss to those who want to think and build the world in a different way.”.