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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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Crystals and Membranes: Individuation and Temporality

Crystals and Membranes: Individuation and Temporality

(p.57) Chapter 4 Crystals and Membranes: Individuation and Temporality
Gilbert Simondon

Anne Sauvanargues

Jon Roffe

Edinburgh University Press

This paper will explore Simondon's understanding of individuation-how it refers to human, animal, natural and material processes-and how Simondon attempts to explain these processes using a series of linked concepts (individual/ individuation, disparation, ontogenesis) that refuses to separate these concepts into different levels, terrains or stages. Individuation is a process without a subject. It is a movement that generates what is put into dynamic movement, a movement that thus brings about a subject, an identity, or a position. Individuation thus marks the movements from the virtual to the actual, from the preindividual to the individual—movements that characterize the (continual) becoming of the individual. This is a movement that is of increasing significance in thinking about subjectivity and human sexed identity in contemporary societies. This paper proposes to examine Simondon's concept of individuation primarily in terms of how it may inform feminist (and anti-racist) concepts of subjectivity and identity.

Keywords:   Simondon, Grosz, feminism, individuation, becoming

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