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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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Infra-Psychic Individualization: Transductive Connections and the Genesis of Living Techniques1

Infra-Psychic Individualization: Transductive Connections and the Genesis of Living Techniques1

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(p.92) Chapter 6 Infra-Psychic Individualization: Transductive Connections and the Genesis of Living Techniques1
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Gilbert Simondon
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Marie-Pier Boucher

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748677214.003.0006

This chapter offers a critical analysis of the integration of life into design practice. For this enterprise, Simondon's thought holds great potential to rethink the process of coupling life's materials and processes with technology, giving rise to what I call ‘living techniques’. According to Simondon, there are five phases of individuation: vital, physical, psychic, collective and transindividual. One should not distinguish them substantially, but rather focus on the ‘rhythm of their becoming’, that is on the ‘differences of speed in the process of their formation’. The anthropomorphism associated with his notion of individuation resides in the way he discusses the subject. For him, psychic individuation seems to be only enacted by and through a human subject. Consequently, his argument tends to negate the possibility for non-human living entities to individuate psychically. In order to open the possibilities for Simondon's thought, I will explore the possibilities of protocell technology to individuate infra-psychically, explaining the ways in which the transductive connections proper to protocell technology create new associated milieus between the biological and the physical and for those milieus to activate protocell's infra-psychic individuation.

Keywords:   Simondon, Whitehead, biotechnology, individuation, anthropomorphism

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