Towards Epistemic Health : On Stiegler, Education and the Era of Technological Unemployment

Dawson, Mark (2019) Towards Epistemic Health : On Stiegler, Education and the Era of Technological Unemployment. In: Education and Technological Unemployment :. Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 313-327. ISBN 9789811362248

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For the philosopher and cultural critic Bernard Stiegler, the Anthropocene’s deference to algorithmic governmentality has resulted in both the global banking crisis of 2007-8, and the seemingly inexorable intensification of technological unemployment. In this era, two fundamental qualities can be observed: fully automated calculation and hyper-synchronisation; with both leading to an absence of thinking as care. If Stiegler is correct, and in this era the concepts of work and employment are being made to tremble, then we are faced with a complex concern for higher education, one which suggests that the very institutions that should be trying to respond to the questions posed by technological unemployment, are at the same time subject to the conditions which might make such a response impossible. With a reading of Stiegler’s recent engagement with the theme of automation, the chapter outlines an approach which puts automation to work at the point where higher education institutions (HEIs) join with the communities and networks in which they are rooted. Through the notion of ‘epistemic health’, it explores a counterpoint to the scenario outlined above, and suggests how we can transform HEIs from recipients of technologically driven social change, into its careful co-creators.

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