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Gilbert Simondon

Being and Technology

Edited by Arne De Boever, Alex Murray, Jon Roffe, Ashley Woodward

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The first sustained exploration of Simondon's work to be published in English

This collection of essays, including one by Simondon himself, outlines the central tenets of Simondon's thought, the implication of his thought for numerous disciplines and his relationship to other thinkers such as Heidegger, Deleuze and Canguilhem.

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Introduction: Simondon, Finally, Arne de Boever, Alex Murray, Jon Roffe and Ashley Woodward
1.Technical Mentality, Gilbert Simondon, translated by Arne De Boever
2. 'Technical Mentality' Revisited: Brian Massumi on Gilbert Simondon, With Arne De Boever, Alex Murray and Jon Roffe
3. Identity and Individuation: Some Feminist Reflections, Elizabeth Grosz
4. Crystals and Membranes: Individuation and Temporality, Anne Sauvagnargues, translated by Jon Roffe
5. The Question of Anxiety in Gilbert Simondon, Igor Krtolica, translated by Jon Roffe
6. Infra-Psychic Individuation: Transductive Connections and the Genesis of Living Techniques, Marie-Pier Boucher
7. 'Du mort qui saisit le vif': Simondonian Ontology Today, Jean-Hugues Barthélémy, translated by Justin Clemens
8. The Aesthetics of Gilbert Simondon: Anticipation of the Contemporary Aesthetic Experience, Yves Michaud, translated by Justin Clemens
9. Gilles Deleuze, a Reader of Gilbert Simondon, Sean Bowden
10. Science and Ontology: From Merleau-Ponty's 'Reduction' to Simondon's 'Transduction', Miguel de Beistegui
11. The Question of the Individual in Georges Canguilhem and Gilbert Simondon, Dominique Lecourt, translated by Arne De Boever
12. The Theatre of Individuation: Phase-shift and Resolution in Simondon and Heidegger, Bernard Stiegler, translated by Kristina Lebedeva
Glossary: Fifty Key Terms in the Works of Gilbert Simondon, Jean-Hugues Barthélémy

About the Author

Arne De Boever is Director of the MA Aesthetics and Politics program at the California Institute of the Arts.

Alex Murray is a lecturer in twentieth-century literature at the University of Exeter and publishes widely in nineteenth and twentieth century English Literature, as well as critical theory. He is the author of, most recently, Giorgio Agamben (2010) and is a founding editor of Parrhesia: a Journal of Critical Philosophy.

Jon Roffe teaches philosophy at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze’s Empiricism and Subjectivity (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), Abstract Market Theory (Palgrave, 2015) and Badiou’s Deleuze (Acumen 2012). He is the co-author of Deleuze’s Philosophical Lineage II (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) and Deleuze’s Philosophical Lineage (Edinburgh University Press, 2009), Practising with Deleuze (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) and Lacan Deleuze Badiou (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), and co-editor of a number of volumes on 20th-century French thought.

Ashley Woodward is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee and is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), Gilbert Simondon: Being and Technology (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and Nihilism in Postmodernity: Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo (The Davies Group, 2009).


This is a most welcome volume on Simondon, which features essays by some of the finest theorists working today. It nicely complements the translation into English of Simondon’s key texts and can be highly recommended to those working in the humanities and social sciences and looking for new models of thought.

- Keith Ansell-Pearson, University of Warwick