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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 the Individual in Georges Canguilhem and Gilbert Simondon

The Question of the Individual in Georges Canguilhem and Gilbert Simondon

(p.176) Chapter 11 The Question of the Individual in Georges Canguilhem and Gilbert Simondon
Gilbert Simondon

Dominique Lecourt

Arne De Boever

Edinburgh University Press

Gilbert Simondon wrote his two major doctoral theses under the direction of the philosopher Georges Canguilhem, who at the time was studying the individual. A few years later, Canguilhem adds a note in the second edition of his work Knowledge of Life to recognize the “insights” that Simondon's work L’individu et sa genèse physico-biologique brought to the question of individuality. It is therefore appropriate to trace the evolution of Canguilhem's study of the individual in order to better understand the position and the relevance for the study of Simondon, a thinker for whom the individual only appears as the result of a process of individuation, the principle of which cannot be found in the form that results from it.

Keywords:   Simondon, Canghuilhem, individuation, biology, pathology

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