1st Edition

Bernard Stiegler and the Philosophy of Education II Experiments in Negentropic Knowledge

Edited By Joff P. N. Bradley Copyright 2024

    This is the second volume of research into the philosophy of Bernard Stiegler and its interconnections with the philosophy of education. Building on the first edited collection, Stiegler’s philosophy is introduced to scholars in the field of the philosophy of education in the hope that researchers dig deep into his philosophy and apply it to their own educational context in order to produce new forms of knowledge, that is “negentropic” forms of knowledge which may counter the endemic crises we see in educational institutions in towns, cities and villages across the planet. This second volume throws down the gauntlet to others to find new ways to contest toxic forms of digital life inside and outside education and to challenge entrenched and conservative ways of teaching and learning in the 21st century. The writers in this volume from Australasia, Europe, and across South, Southeast and East Asia do a remarkable job of translating Bernard Stiegler’s sometimes complicated language into ways which are interpretable, applicable and communicable to those who witness, day in day out, in their schools, universities and institutions the struggle to capture the hearts and minds of young people. This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory.


    Noel Fitzpatrick

    Introduction—Experiments in negentropic knowledge: Bernard Stiegler and the philosophy of education II

    Joff P. N. Bradley

    1. On the curation of negentropic forms of knowledge

    Joff P. N. Bradley

    2. On significative exergy: Toward a logomachics of education

    Joel White

    3. Stiegler’s automaton and artisanal mode of learning

    Santosh Jaising Thorat

    4. Education and the dislike society: The impossibility of learning in filter bubbles

    Benjamin Herm-Morris

    5. Coexistence between attention and distraction: An attempt to bridge the gap between Bernard Stiegler and Walter Benjamin

    Sunji Lee

    6. Stiegler and the task of tertiary retention: On the amateur as an educational subject

    Virgilio A. Rivas

    7. Negentropy for the anthropocene; Stiegler, Maori and exosomatic memory

    Ruth Irwin and Te Haumoana White

    8. A song of teaching with free software in the Anthropocene

    Greta Goetz

    9. Burning beds and political stasis: Bernard Stiegler and the entropic nature of Australian anti-reflexivity

    Kristy Forrest


    Joff P. N. Bradley is Professor of English and Philosophy at Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan. Joff has co-written A Pedagogy of Cinema and coedited books on Deleuze and Buddhism; utopia; French thought; transversality, Japanese education; Bernard Stiegler; and animation. He published his first monograph Schizoanalysis and Asia in 2022 and with Manoj NY and Alex Taek-Gwang Lee released Deleuze, Guattari and the Schizoanalysis of Postmedia in 2023. His next project Global Ecologies of Language Learning also has a strong focus on the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari.

    Worldwide, I am not aware of another scholar besides Joff Bradley who so brilliantly negotiates the worlds of Bernard Stiegler and educational philosophy. Nor am I aware of anyone else conducting such a sophisticated yet crisply pertinent application of Bernard Stiegler’s philosophy to problems in education. Bradley astutely observes of Stiegler that "he considers entropy in all its forms (physical, biological and informational) and looks at hyper-consumption and its disavowal as leading to the exhaustion of desire." Likewise, Bradley considers the educational context of Stiegler’s insights into the so-called digital revolution in all its forms.

    C. S. Schreiner, University of Guam, Guam

    Joff Bradley is one of the leading advocates for Stiegler’s work and in this second volume of his Stiegler project, the contributions not only explore many paths opened by that intriguing philosopher, but also carry our understandings forward, and not least for educational practices.

    Ronald Barnett, University College London Institute of Education, UK

    Education, transgenerational relationships, attention-formation and the cultivation of care are crucial issues for Bernard Stiegler, both in themselves and for what they mean for the crises we face today. This volume makes an important contribution that goes to the heart of Stiegler’s concerns about the possibility of reinventing a new form of sustainable life on this planet.

    Daniel Ross, philosopher, filmmaker and translator of Bernard Stiegler

    The invaluable work of Professor Bradley and his colleagues in this collection is an important step in clarifying and promoting Stiegler's philosophy in education.

    Roohollah Mozaffaripour, Farhangian University, Iran

    In the context of hyper-industrial capitalism, Stiegler's rich conceptual framework offers new weapons in the revitalisation of the university and education more generally. Both creatively applying and challenging Stiegler's work, this excellent collection is replete with singular, insightful, and original contributions apposite to this improbable (not impossible) challenge.

    Conor Heaney, University of Kent, England

    The authors in this collection each grapple with what it might mean to counter the physical, spiritual and environmental vacuity undergirding the epistemic conditions in academia today. Their engagement with negentropy, which Stiegler understood as a process of resingularisation and differánce, stands out as care-ful reorientation of the philosophy of education across multiple contexts.

    Chantelle Gray, North-West University, South Africa