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Echographies of Television: Filmed Interviews

ISBN: 978-0-7456-2037-4
184 pages
August 2002, Polity
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In this important new book, Jacques Derrida talks with Bernard Stiegler about the effect of teletechnologies on our philosophical and political moment. Improvising before a camera, the two philosophers are confronted by the very technologies they discuss and so are forced to address all the more directly the urgent questions that they raise. What does it mean to speak of the present in a situation of "live" recording? How can we respond, responsibly, to a question when we know that the so-called "natural" conditions of expression, discussion, reflection, and deliberation have been breached?

As Derrida and Stiegler discuss the role of teletechnologies in modern society, the political implications of Derrida's thought become apparent. Drawing on recent events in Europe, Derrida and Stiegler explore the impact of television and the internet on our understanding of the state, its borders and citizenship. Their discussion examines the relationship between the juridical and the technical, and it shows how new technologies for manipulating and transmitting images have influenced our notions of democracy, history and the body. The book opens with a shorter interview with Derrida on the news media, and closes with a provocative essay by Stiegler on the epistemology of digital photography.

In Echographies of Television, Derrida and Stiegler open up questions that are of key social and political importance. Their book will be of great interest to all those already familiar with Derrida's work, as well as to students and scholars of philosophy, literature, sociology and media studies.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Translator's Note.

Artifactualities: Jacques Derrida.

Echographies of Television: Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler.

Chapter 1 Right of Inspection.

Chapter 2 Artifactuality, Homohegemony.

Chapter 3 Acts of Memory: Topolitics and Teletechnology.

Chapter 4 Inheritances – and Rhythm.

Chapter 5 ‘Cultural Exception': the States of the State, the Event.

Chapter 6 The Archive Market: Truth, Testimony, Evidence.

Chapter 7 Phonographies: Meaning – from Heritage to Horizon.

Chapter 8 Spectrographies.

Chapter 9 Vigilances of the Unconscious.

The Discrete Image: Bernard Stiegler.


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Author Information

Jacques Derrida is Directeur d'Études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris; Bernard Stiegler is Director of the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Paris.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • An extended interview with Derrida about the impact of tele-technologies

  • Foregrounds the political and ethical relevance of deconstruction today

  • Explains how televised images intrude into our lives, infiltrating our private and public space
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Jacques Derrida has been awarded the prestigious Theodor W. Adorno-Preis, 2001
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