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The 1st sustained exploration of Simondon's paintings to be released in English. This selection of essays, together with one through Simondon himself, outlines the important tenets of Simondon's notion, the implication of his concept for various disciplines and his courting to different thinkers reminiscent of Heidegger, Deleuze and Canguilhem.Complete with a contextualising creation and a word list of technical phrases, it bargains an access aspect to this crucial philosopher and should entice humans operating in philosophy, philosophy of technology, media experiences, social concept and political philosophy.Gilbert Simondon's paintings has lately come to prominence in the USA and round the Anglophone global, having been of serious value in France for a few years
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The only conceptual tools available are prehumanized by virtue of the models they derive from. But becoming-human only makes sense in relation to a non-human phase-shifting into it. And becoming-posthuman only makes sense in terms of the human phase-shifting out of itself, back into a non-human. If the non-human phases in and phases out, it is conceivable that it phases through – which raises the issue of the immanence of the non-human to all of the vicissitudes of the human. Constructivism does not have the resources even to articulate effectively the issue of the non-human necessarily raised by ontogenesis, let alone begin to resolve it.
3 The disparity between the processes of individuation and the individual they generate is the condition for an ongoing becoming of the being. This disparity generates the being of becoming. This disparity, the differential between principles organizing various forms and levels of the real, requires a mediation. Individuation is that process of mediation which requires both the existence of a tension or duality of terms, levels or orders of magnitude, and an initial ‘absence of interactive communication’ (304) between these two.
Quantification is always labouring under a deficit of potential, and formalization under an energy deficit. Even working together, they can only get so far as the possible – according to Bergson, nothing more than an anaemic, back-cast shadow of potential. Q: Could you talk a bit more about the significance of ‘potential energy’ in Simondon’s thought? A: It is Simondon’s insistence on the centrality of the concept of potential energy that makes his philosophy a ‘realist idealism’. It is what he himself points to as differentiating his thought from information theory and cybernetics.