GILBERT SIMONDON AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE TRANSINDIVIDUAL PDF

I had never heard of Gilbert Simondon before but Dr. Thus, I decided that walking 25 meters from my office to the lecture room was an acceptable risk to learn a bit about Gilbert Simondon. Gilbert Simondon and the Theory of Individuation Gilbert Simondon was one of the most influential contemporary French philosophers, only recently have his works been translated into English and thus been discovered by a broader audience. He is best-known for his theory of individuation, which in turn was a major inspiration for philosophers like Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, and Bernard Stiegler. The majority of his work has not been translated into English and, thus, not really found the attention of an international audience. This also means that the almighty internet does not provide many synopses or digested pieces about his work 1.

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I had never heard of Gilbert Simondon before but Dr. Thus, I decided that walking 25 meters from my office to the lecture room was an acceptable risk to learn a bit about Gilbert Simondon.

Gilbert Simondon and the Theory of Individuation Gilbert Simondon was one of the most influential contemporary French philosophers, only recently have his works been translated into English and thus been discovered by a broader audience. He is best-known for his theory of individuation, which in turn was a major inspiration for philosophers like Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, and Bernard Stiegler. The majority of his work has not been translated into English and, thus, not really found the attention of an international audience.

This also means that the almighty internet does not provide many synopses or digested pieces about his work 1. How do we discern individual units from each other? How and why do we draw lines between an object that we focus and the background instead of simply perceiving a mixture of colors and patterns? Simondon argues that this questions all relate to individuation, the process of coming into existence as an entity. While the question of genesis has been covered by metaphysics before Simondon argues that the focus has been wrongly on the individual instead of the individuation.

He problematizes the fact that any consideration of individuation begins at the individual as a pre-existing fact, thus rendering the process of individuation a mere reflection of that entity. In his own theory of individuation Simondon is challenging traditional substantialist metaphysics by shifting the focus to the genesis of an individual away from the substance. Feenberg gives the example of the acorn, which in Aristotelian terms carries the essential potential to become an oak, while, Simondon would include the internal tensions and relations of the acorn but also include the environment of the acorn.

Simondon constructs a theory of progress motivated by the internal tensions and potentials of technical systems. Admittedly, I have understood very little of Dr. Similarly I assume that well-known theories and philosophers also spread quicker than less famous ones such as Gilbert Simondon References Feenberg, A. Merton, R. The Matthew Effect in Science: The reward and communication systems of science are considered.

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From the very first, scholars have judged it an invaluable guide for anyone wishing to enter the complex and labyrinthine world of Simondon, an enigmatic and somewhat elusive thinker. The sophistication with which Combes explicates and systematizes his baroque texts is admirable and a model to emulate. Indeed, she makes clear that what prohibits most political and social theorists from fully grasping the relationship between the collective and the individual is precisely blindness to their own ontological presumptions. It points to the fact that the individual is only ever incompletely individuated, only ever unfinished, only ever -- to some degree -- mutable and relational, a "reserve of becoming".

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