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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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‘Du mort qui saisit le vif’: Simondonian Ontology Today1

‘Du mort qui saisit le vif’: Simondonian Ontology Today1

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(p.110) Chapter 7Du mort qui saisit le vif’: Simondonian Ontology Today1
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Gilbert Simondon
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Jean-Hugues Barthélémy

Justin Clemens

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748677214.003.0007

Since the guiding thread and the priority of Simondon's entire ontology consist in trying to overcome classical oppositions such as the one between vitalism and mechanism, and between sociologism and psychologism, it is possible today to extend Simondon's effort by developing certain intuitions that he has left unexplored, and that are particularly useful for this overcoming of oppositions. One can think here not only of the intuition—developed by Bernard Stiegler after and beyond Simondon—of the role of the artefact as “support” of psycho-social life, but also of the idea—confirmed by the biological research of someone like Jean-Claude Ameisen-of internal processes of death that would be constitutive to life understood as individuation. “Cellular suicide” (apoptosis) and the artefact would thus be two types of non-life that condition life in its evolution by starting from the inert, initial chemistry. Thus, they reveal that biological life is non-essence or “self-difference” even before it becomes human history.

Keywords:   Simondon, vitalism, mechanism, apoptosis, artefact

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