Muriel Combes, (Thomas LaMarre, Trans.), Cambridge, MA, The MIT Press, , pages, £, ISBN: (hbk). Gilbert Simondon and the Philosophy of the Transindividual Individuals and Technology: Gilbert Simondon, From Ontology to Ethics to Feminist Bioethics. Gilbert Simondon, one of the most influential contemporary French philosophers, published only three works: L’individu et sa genèse physico-biologique and.

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Her book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Simondon’s work.

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In this accessible yet rigorous introduction to Simondon’s work, Muriel Combes helps to bridge the gap between Simondon’s account of technics and his philosophy of individuation. The theory of individual between Simondon and Deleuze]. Reading Cassirer and Simondon Diffractively. As a philosophy of nature, Simondon’s thought situates the exploration of the processes of individuation in the transformations arising out of the pre-individual zone of indeterminate being, with each individuated being sharing this nature to different degrees.

In other words, might Simondon’s “evolutionism” not “take us far enough from the finalist schema of thought that places ends on becoming”?

He conceives an ontogenetic-epistemological structuring process, which operationally brings being and thought into a co-determinate relationship via individuation. Gilbert Simondon’s Plea for a Philosophy of Technology.

Rather, more subtly, she identifies the divergence between the two perspectives where separately each locates “alienation” within psychosocial and productive realities.

Jul 15, Michael Ledezma rated it it was amazing. An awkwardness is quite clear, particularly if we acknowledge the unequivocal linkage Simondon establishes between encyclopedism and humanism.

Gilbert Simondon and the Philosophy of the Transindividual

Retrieved from ” https: Sign in Create an account. Combes’s account, first published in French inis one of the only studies of Simondon to appear in English. Simondon’s claim is that “technical activity can be considered as an introduction to veritable social reason, and as an introducer to the sense of individual liberty” IL David marked it as to-read Jun 17, Sign in to use this feature.


Bookworm rated it really liked it Jul 03, Combes’s account, first published in French inis one of the only studies of Simondon to appear in English. Simondon “transgresses” the Kantian limits of reason, Combes argues.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Nicklally marked it as to-read Mar 21, La espiritualidad en la obra de Gilbert simondon. Andrew marked it as to-read Sep 09, French Philosophy in European Philosophy. The Position of the Problem of Ontogenesis.


Jordan Peacock rated it really liked it Oct 19, She takes Simondon to extend the Nietzschean critique of Kant via Spinoza. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Nonetheless, she wonders if Simondon has merely substituted an evolutionary, dynamic finalism for a static one. Furthermore, individuation always creates both an individual and a collective subject, which individuate themselves together.

For how ghe one “grasp” being in becoming, individuation, without arresting phiolsophy in the form of concepts, whose spatial and temporal consequences are already predetermined by the faculty of understanding? Request removal from index. Combes’ disregarding encyclopedism, therefore, evades both the historical and the ontogenetico-epistemological, motives guiding the formulization of each epoch’s respective “humanism”.

Frank Spencer marked it as to-read Mar 19, In L’individuation psychique et collectiveSimondon developed a theory of individual and collective individuationin which the individual subject is considered as an effect of individuation, rather than as a cause.


To ask other readers questions about Gilbert Simondon and the Philosophy of the Transindividualplease sign up. Jonathan Mitchell marked it as to-read Jun 10, As Combes writes, “Nature in Simondon is not the objectivist operator of repression of the subject, nor is it opposed to culture or society. Arne De Boever ed.

The psychic and collective are reciprocal individuations, according to Simondon. Mathew Beauchemin rated it it was amazing Apr 27, UK marked it as to-read Feb 04, He defended his doctoral dissertations in at the University of Paris.

In other words, “to know the individual through individuation rather than individuation beginning with the individual. As such, it instigates and nourishes individuation. Simondon also conceived of “pre-individual fields” as the funds making individuation itself possible. Thus the individual atom is replaced by the neverending process of individuation. Yet Simondon was a philosopher whose ambitions lay in an in-depth renewal of ontology as a process of individuation–that is, how individuals come into being, persist, and transform.

However, there is another potentially debilitating problem in Simondon’s thought proper, which Combes aand confronts. Sign in to use this feature. Added to PP index Total downloads 8of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Etienne Balibar among others likewise finds in Simondon’s concept a way to bring to the fore the ontology of relations. Immanence, as a result, would seem to be effectively normalized.