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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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The Question of Anxiety in Gilbert Simondon

The Question of Anxiety in Gilbert Simondon

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(p.72) (p.73) Chapter 5 The Question of Anxiety in Gilbert Simondon
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Gilbert Simondon
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Igor Krtolica

Jon Roffe

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748677214.003.0005

This paper proposes to reflect on the two models of individuation that Simondon presents in his work, namely the crystal and the membrane, by tracing out the differences between the two. The crystal, which is the model par excellence of transductive individuation—of an operation of individuation in which each constituted structure serves as the basis for the next-, produces itself through disparation in the preindividual milieu. It begins at the preindividual center of being and expands in various directions from this center. The membrane, on the other hand, allows one to theorize the emergence of the living as starting from two noteworthy properties: first, a spatial or topological determination, which has to do with the polar and selective porosity of the membrane. By inducing a direction of circulation, the membrane literally constitutes interiority; it creates it. Second, Simondon assigns to this spatial property a chronogenetic consequence as well: the institution of a temporality that hems the edges of the living. The paper will compare, specifically, the two models of temporality that result from this difference between the crystal and the membrane as models of individuation.

Keywords:   Simondon, transduction, disparation, pre-individual, chronogenesis, crystal, membrane

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