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Gilbert Simondon's Psychic and Collective Individuation

A Critical Introduction and Guide

David Scott

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The first critical commentary on Simondon’s seminal work, unpacking its rich potential for students and scholars

One of the most innovative and brilliant philosophers of his generation, but largely neglected until he was brought to public attention by Gilles Deleuze, Gilbert Simondon presents a challenge to nearly every category and method of traditional philosophy.

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1. Ontogenesis and the Concepts of Individuation
2. Ontogenesis and the Concepts of Individuation
3. Individuation and Affectivity
4. Problematic of Ontogenesis and Psychic Individuation
5. The Individual and the Social, The Individuation of the Group
6. Collective as Condition of Signification
7. An Ethics of Ontogenesis and a Non-Human Humanism

About the Author

David Scott is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Coppin State University, Baltimore. He has translated work by Simondon, Gaston Bachelard and Gilles Deleuze and has numerous articles published in journals including Angelaki, The European Legacy, Continental Philosophy Review and Chiasmi.


The English-speaking public is still waiting for a full translation of [Gilbert Simondon's] Psychic and Collective Individuation (L'individuation psychique et collective). As a foretaste, however, Edinburgh University Press has published David Scott's book, which serves as an introduction and a guide, providing a chapter-by-chapter commentary on Simondon's important work. As Scott follows the structure of Simondon's work very closely, this book will be useful for a parallel reading with Psychic and Collective Individuation … Scott positions Simondon well in his intellectual and historical context, including a description of his philosophical trajectories … At the end of the book, Scott suggests possible topics for further research, which could also be very useful for advanced students looking for possible lines of convergence in their research.

- Iwona Janicka, University of Cambridge, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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