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Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage$
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Graham Jones and Jon Roffe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632992

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632992.001.0001

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Gilbert Simondon

Gilbert Simondon

Chapter:
(p.380) 20 Gilbert Simondon
Source:
Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage
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Alberto Toscano

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632992.003.0020

This chapter evaluates the influence of Gilbert Simondon on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. It suggests that attention to Simondon's presence in Deleuze's thought permits us to move beyond the false alternatives presented by the recent debate on French Thought and cybernetics. The chapter discusses how Deleuze's use of the notion of the disparate compares with political interpretations of Simondon's understanding of the powers of the pre-individual. It also analyses Deleuze's statement that he parted company with Simondon only in drawing conclusions in light of the two thinkers' estimations of the role of ethics in capitalist society.

Keywords:   Gilbert Simondon, Gilles Deleuze, philosophy, French Thought, cybernetics, pre-individual, ethics, capitalist society

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