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Gilbert SimondonBeing and Technology$
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Arne De Boever, Shirley S. Y. Murray, and Jon Roffe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748677214

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748677214.001.0001

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Technical Mentality1

Technical Mentality1

(p.1) Chapter 1 Technical Mentality1
Gilbert Simondon

Gilbert Simondon

Arne De Boever

Edinburgh University Press

This introduction will provide a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Simondon's work. Beginning with an intellectual biography it outline the philosophical and broader intellectual milieu in which Simondon was writing, including the influence of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Georges Canguilhem, as well his critical relationship to central thinkers such as Bergson and Kant. It will then move on to provide an introduction to the central principles of Simondon's thought: ontogenesis, individuation and his broader idea of technics. Essential in understanding Simondon's increasing importance in both French and Anglo-American philosophy is the exploration of his thought by Giles Deleuze, Bernard Stiegler and others Providing brief summaries of the way these thinkers have taken up Simondon's thought, the introduction will argue that Simondon's work is essential to understanding the development of the philosophy of technology and the recent ‘Speculative turn’ in continental thought.

Keywords:   Simondon, Stiegler, Deleuze, individuation, technics

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