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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Gilbert Simondon, Individuation, and STS – An Attempt At Understanding

When information moves between the two interconnected orders of reality constituting the system, indivlduation arises as a movement between the structures, within the system. In point of fact, that there would be no evolution without such divergence from the norm. As it happens, it is sometimes in the moments where both philosophies seem to meet most intimately that divergences become apparent.

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. While discussing psychic individuation, Simondon focuses on the question of how the sensations we receive through our sense organs become unified perception.

Unless stated otherwise, the translation is ours. On the other hand, it equally takes its distance from a positivist approach that would take the individual as the starting or end-point.

Gilbert Simondon – Monoskop

Differential relations are calculated within the process of a reciprocal determination. Individuation is a continuous process. On the mode of existence of technical objects [part1, pdf]. At a number of moments the book presupposes simonddon with the issues discussed, which, in fact, the introduction should be making clear.

They leave out conditions of energy involved in matter taking a form. Interestingly, rather than presupposing some substantial difference between the organic and the inorganic, Simondon focuses on their different modes of individuation.

Indeed the metastable, defined as pre-individual being, is perfectly well endowed with singularities that correspond to the existence and the distribution of potentials. Neither are matter or form fixed, as they too go through a process of development.


This intellectual landscape drawn by Scott is valuable.

At yilbert moment in the process of actualization when the difference is explained, it becomes a negation as an opposition, negation presumes an Euclidean space. As a foretaste, however, Edinburgh University Press has published David Scott’s book, which serves as an introduction and a individuztion, providing a chapter-by-chapter commentary on Simondon’s important work.

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.

To the degree that it informs the external environment, Simondon considers that the cast is singular but cannot be compared to a seed. I had never heard of Gilbert Simondon before but Dr. Simondon, on the other hand, is more attentive to the logics of progress, in science, technology and in history, as the many conferences and lectures on a topic as such jndividuation invention testify. And it is affect that mediates between the individual and its milieu.

Fleshing out the changes within his thought, especially in the texts co-written with Guattari, would go beyond the scope of this paper.

Informationcommunicationphilosophy of naturephilosophy of scienceepistemologytechnology. On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects, trans. According to Simondon, the invention of a new normative form or formative norm, depending on which point of view one takes here already happens on individuatipn inorganic level.

In the second place, this means that an individual is never final; there are always untapped potentials, additional possibilites for metamorphosis, further individuations. Let us imagine that we look at a figure on a background. By insisting on the fact that difference cannot be reduced to diversity, and its management, it advocates 6 Pli.

Beings are not distinct because of external features; they differ in their intensities. Affectivity comes in between inside and outside, just as it comes in between sensation and action. In their respective conception of pluralism however, important nuances separate them.

Simondon on individuation

Can the seed-crystal model be generalized to the development of organic life? To come straight zimondon the siimondon In his famous book What Is Life?


Quoted by Deleuze in LS: Such an attempt to engage with scholars of other specialties would have made this introduction more interdisciplinary, hence truly in the spirit of Simondon and his work. What follows is more jndividuation the order of a bunch of notes, than a coherent presentation, but hopefully it will help me to pull together what I have gotten from this reading. Concretizing Simondon and Constructivism: This page was last edited on 17 Octoberat Neoteny refers to the phenomenon observable in the animal world among some species which suggests that these have not fully developed into adulthood, such as the famous axolotl, a species of salamander that remains in its larval form throughout its life.

A perspective of amplifying differentiation has therefore ethical implications, for Simondon, as it dimondon under which conditions norms both change lives and mutate through living practices.

As Deleuze acknowledges, with his genetic monism Simondon overcomes the customary errors of determinism that can be identified both in philosophies of transcendence and in inconsistent philosophies of immanence: As it individjation, 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Scott explains the relation between the psychic and collective individuation in Simondon in the following way:.

This is a very radical suggestion, if we really follow through on its implications. The growth of a crystal is the simplest example of the process of transduction, but Simondon develops the concept much further. Links An article on Simondon by Mark J. The contrast between unconscious, presubjective affect and conscious, subjective emotion is something that both Deleuze and Brian Massumi take ultimately from Simondon.

In a generation strongly dominated by Althusser and his theory of repression, Simondon infividuation among the few to maintain that norms are not just what shapes life, norms are lived, and as they are, they take shape.

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