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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 Theatre of Individuation: Phase-Shift and Resolution in Simondon and Heidegger

The Theatre of Individuation: Phase-Shift and Resolution in Simondon and Heidegger

(p.185) Chapter 12 The Theatre of Individuation: Phase-Shift and Resolution in Simondon and Heidegger
Gilbert Simondon

Bernard Stiegler

Kristina Lebedeva

Edinburgh University Press

This article explores the relation between the thoughts of Heidegger and Simondon, a relation that he characterizes as one of both great resonance and great distance. The distance between Heidegger and Simondon is well known: whereas Heidegger says that time is the principle of individuation, Simondon responds that there is no principle of individuation, but rather a process of individuation. Applying a Simondonian methodology, it then proceeds to develop a transductive relation between these two thinkers, which opens up possibilities of internal resonances that reconstitute the related terms in the work of both thinkers. The article focuses on the relations between Heidegger's Being and Time and Simondon's Psychic and Collective Individuation, finding resonances between the two texts that alter the thought of both and develop new insights into the concept of individuation. He identifies a double economy that constitutes being-towards-death in the Heideggerian sense, as well as the structural incompletion of individuation in Simondon. Ultimately, the conjunction of Heidegger and Simondon renders thinkable a disjunction that is the possibility of the opening of a new theatre of individuation: the conjunction between the Heideggerian question of the They and the Simondonian question of the we would be this composition that disjoins.

Keywords:   Simondon, Stiegler, individuation, process, Heidegger, resonance

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