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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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Identity and Individuation: Some Feminist Reflections

Identity and Individuation: Some Feminist Reflections

(p.37) Chapter 3 Identity and Individuation: Some Feminist Reflections
Gilbert Simondon

Elizabeth Grosz

Edinburgh University Press

In this interview, Brian Massumi revisits Simondon's work on technology, and discusses in particular Simondon's essay “Technical Mentality”, which is published in this volume. Although the interview begins with a historical consideration of why Simondon matters to us today (or rather, of why it took so long for time to catch up with Simondon), it quickly moves into a discussion of both Simondon's thought on ontology and ontogenesis and his thought on technology. Situating Simondon's essay in relation to some of Simondon's other, and often untranslated works (most importantly, his study on the mode of existence of technical objects), Massumi engages with Simondon's thought through a wide-ranging discussion of examples, insisting specifically on the close link between Simondon's reflections on ontogenesis and technics. In closing, the interview foregrounds Simondon's contemporary individuation, in other words the ways in which his thought is going through a new and exciting stage of its unfolding today, in the era of network communication.

Keywords:   Simondon, Massumi, constructionism, ontogenesis, individuation, technology

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