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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This mosaic disease TMV fig. This conceptual shift will become pivotal in Difference and Repetition.
He places affectivity and emotivity at the tilbert of the individual’s individualization. Cecile Malaspina, Minneapolis, Univocal, Alternatively, a concise glossary of technical terms would have been of great help to the target readership.
More recently, a new name has been added to that list, as his work has not had the same fortune at the time, and its relevance the poststructuralist generation is now finally being acknowledged: Because the potentialities are uniformly distributed throughout the material, a transformation can occur progressively.
Nervous and cortical system development follow not Euclidean logic, but topological logic: Columbia University Press, The medium has a great degree of influence on what patterns are possible and how they can be propagated.
Individuation is a continuous process.
For Simondon, the individual neither comes into existence simoneon nor ever exists alone. The Individual and its Physico-Biological Individuation [pdf] On the mode of existence of technical objects [part1, pdf]. Kate Hennessy and Dr. Individuation, in turn, is closely related to the problem of genesis in that a particular object comes to exist through a series of specific operations of individuation.
In this respect, Simondon is particularly interest in all the processes where the transindividual comes close again to 93 ILFI: Individuation is always simultaneously collective and psychic: Instead of elements particles or clouds of particles as starting points, might we see each starting point only as a singularity, gklbert only already a relation-to-another starting, which is then another relation-to, potentially, ad infinitum?
Might we imagine that relations come first and not the extremities of these relationships? As it were, Deleuze drew on this model to develop his own idea of a crystal-image in his writings on cinema, an image which is simultaneously internal difference and envelope, a coiled-up singularity and a crystalline expansion.
August Learn how and when to remove this template message. In his theorizing processes of biological invention, Simondon can draw on existing research. Instead, if we think about the individual starting with individuation, we are forced to reformulate our received categories of knowledge and radically reconsider what exactly an individual is. For newcomers looking for an accessible primer on Simondon, this volume is not the optimal first choice.
Simondon is clear on this point: Any individual that differs from the statistical norm i. What nineteenth-century biology described as the retention of juvenile traits among adults also known as paedomorphism has received a different interpretation later on.
This is what Simondon calls ‘ontogenesis’ and what he tries to conceptualize in his book. Similarly I assume that well-known theories and philosophers also spread quicker than less famous ones such simonvon Gilbert Simondon References Feenberg, A. Lautman had already distinguished these two layers himself: In L’individuation psychique et collectiveSimondon developed a theory of individual and collective individuation ximondon, in which the individual subject is considered as an effect of individuation, rather than as a cause.
A perspective of amplifying differentiation has giblert ethical implications, for Simondon, as it shows under which conditions norms both change lives and mutate through living practices. 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. Besides giving a better account of information than the mainstream cybernetics tradition has done, Simondon also suggests — from the opposite view point — a way of taking information into account that is missing altogether from Deleuze, who follows Simondon in many other respects — see the discussion by Mark Hansen.
It would have been helpful, however, if gilbegt non-philosophical terms were at least briefly explained.
On the other hand, whereas Simondon only uses intensity in order to give an account of how iglbert processes work, Deleuze draws on it as the principle of his ggilbert ontology and differential processes at large. Although indviduation volume is directed at students and scholars alike, it is a tough read because of both the theoretical material and the writing style. The double-helix structure of DNA, drawing: According to the latter schema of thought, the individual is born from a form encountering matter.
When information moves between the two interconnected orders gilnert reality constituting the system, transduction arises as a movement between the structures, within the system.
After all, an individual exists and is only capable of individuating as a result of the relations it establishes with others and that others establish with it Together these individuations define the category of the “transindividual”, which accounts for the psychosocial unity of interior individuation psychic and exterior individuation collective. On the contrary, singularity exists outside of the alternative between universal types and particular individuals.
Gilbert Simondon – Wikipedia
As we can see, in the field of philosophy Simondon wishes to challenge substantialist metaphysics. 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?
Hence he wishes to reformulate human sciences on the basis of a ‘human energetics’ An article on Simondon by Mark J. As a foretaste, however, Edinburgh University Press has published David Scott’s book, which serves as an introduction and a guide, individkation a chapter-by-chapter commentary on Simondon’s important work.
Far from forming an immutable text, the double helix of DNA, with its two strands of protein molecules described by Crick and Watson in fig.