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Unthinkable: Philosopher Bernard Stiegler explores how apps alter how you relate to yourself

French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, who described  technology as a pharmakon, something that is both a cure and a poison. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, who described technology as a pharmakon, something that is both a cure and a poison. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

You can take up philosophy anytime. Proof of that is Bernard Stiegler, who started studying the subject while serving a prison sentence for armed robbery between 1978 and 1983.

By the time of his death, in August 2020, he had become a prominent thinker on digital technology and its relationship to humans. Today sees the opening of an international conference, hosted by Technological University Dublin, largely inspired by his work.

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