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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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Science and Ontology: From Merleau-Ponty's ‘Reduction’ to Simondon's ‘Transduction’

Science and Ontology: From Merleau-Ponty's ‘Reduction’ to Simondon's ‘Transduction’

(p.154) Chapter 10 Science and Ontology: From Merleau-Ponty's ‘Reduction’ to Simondon's ‘Transduction’
Gilbert Simondon

Miguel de Beistegui

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter shows how, despite their apparently very different approaches, Merleau-Ponty and Simondon both helped forge the terms of an encounter with science against the backdrop of a philosophical commitment to ontology. Merleau-Ponty's later thought, which aims to overcome the Cartesian dualism still present in Husserl, reveals a certain proximity to Simondon's problematic of preindividual being. In this later work a subtle yet decisive shift takes place, one that takes Merleau-Ponty's thought away from the ‘reduction,’ which designates the very possibility of thought for phenomenology, and into the Simondonian ‘transduction.’

Keywords:   Simondon, Merleau-Ponty, science, ontology, reduction, transduction

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