Gilbert Simondon’sL’individuation psychique et collective (Psychic and Collective Individuation, hereafter IPC) is an exceptional work that emerges out of the fog. Abstract. The French philosopher Gilbert Simondon () was the first true Simondon’s approach to individuation – most central of all. Differences in Becoming. Gilbert Simondon and Gilles Deleuze on Individuation [ forthcoming in Philosophy Today, , Summer , quote according to the.
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For Simondon, however, transduction is smondon logic in and of itself, moreover, it is an onto-logic that concerns ontogenesis as such. Scott explains the relation between the psychic and collective individuation in Simondon in the following way: Palgrave Macmillan, ; Pierre Montebello, Deleuze.
Fleshing out the changes within his thought, especially in the texts co-written with Guattari, would go beyond the scope of this paper.
Retrieved 16 Marchfrom http: Thus the individual atom is replaced by the neverending process of individuation. Moreover, within mathematical thought, singularities are connected to differential relations.
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.
Rather it is nonnullus, as the Latins say: The person then creates a sort of symbiotic developmental relation with its surrounding, both influencing each other in ‘becoming’. Beings are not distinct because of external features; they differ in their intensities. This is what Simondon calls ‘ontogenesis’ and what he tries to conceptualize in his book.
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In his theorizing processes of biological invention, Simondon can draw on existing research. On a more technical level, this paper aims at demonstrating that a conflation of levels has often taken place, which biased the compared reading of both philosophers: DNA is not just a code, it is also a set of potentialswhich can unfold in various directions, and which do not attain form except in the actual process of unfolding.
Differential relations are calculated within the process of a reciprocal determination. Eendrachtsstraat 10 Rotterdam, NL. The Warwick Journal of Philosophy. On the contrary, singularity exists outside of the alternative between universal types and particular individuals. Admittedly, I have understood very little of Dr. This intellectual individuatkon drawn by Scott is valuable.
Simondon on individuation
Any diverging individual that persists is first tolerated by the error margins of the norm, before becoming a threat to the norm itself. This can also be stated in more or less cybernetic terms, as follows: On the mode of existence of technical objects [part1, pdf].
Instead of elements particles or clouds of particles as starting points, might we see each starting point only as a singularity, as simkndon already a relation-to-another starting, which is then another relation-to, potentially, ad infinitum? This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Admittedly, Simondon is an extremely challenging philosopher, but the book lacks sufficient clarity to serve as an introduction.
That said, idividuation excursus throughout the introduction are much more accessible and carry a great potential for triggering ideas. Scott explains the relation between the psychic and collective individuation in Simondon in the following way:.
The two individuations, psychic and collective, are reciprocally dependent upon one another. There remains a marked contrast between potentiality and actuality, but most importantly, potentiality is not considered a function of the actualized individual, but rather in terms of aimondon inherent within matter. Edinburgh University Press, Alberto Toscano, The Theatre of Production: For him, this is a question of individuation.
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Any individual that differs from the statistical norm i. Fordham University Press— He is best-known for his theory of individuation, which in turn was a major inspiration for philosophers like Indiviudation Deleuze, Bruno Latour, and Bernard Stiegler.
In this respect, Simondon is particularly interest in all the processes where the transindividual comes close again to 93 ILFI: Differences in Tension Although Simondon and Deleuze are close in many respects, e. Simondon’s belief is that ‘a living being exists as only always a becoming between individuations, not as a becoming after individuation’ But their philosophies equally provide a critique of the myth of immanent self-organization, insofar as it still feeds on the model of steering and regulation which both authors reject.
Simondon considers the collective as anterior to an individual. The transmission of this information to the entire metastable environment is what Simondon calls transduction, a process that is per se interminable. Arne De Boever, Parrhesia 7 The idea of transduction works, I think, as a materialist explanation of what lies behind such fantasies. To illustrate his alternative theory of individuation, Simondon draws on the example of the formation of crystals fig.
Here, the emphasis is on human society where the previous volume dealt more with crystals and colonial organisms like coral. For Simondon, the individual neither comes into existence alone nor ever exists alone. This conceptual shift will become pivotal in Difference and Repetition. The clear-cut division between the organic realm and the inorganic realm had to be revised with the development of plant molecular virology. Simondonian concepts, such as concretization and associated milieu, can shed some light on an interesting view of environment and technology apart from a simplistic and reductionistic approach based on pollution and resources.