G. Simondon’s Theory of Ontogenesis: Between Organism and Technical Object
Audronė Žukauskaitė
Lietuvos kultūros tyrimų institutas
Published 2018-10-25


Simondon, individuation, ontogenesis, the pre-individual, the transindividual

How to Cite

Žukauskaitė A. (2018). G. Simondon’s Theory of Ontogenesis: Between Organism and Technical Object. Problemos, 94, 22-34. https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.2018.0.0.11992


[only abstract in English; full article and abstract in Lithuanian]

The essay analyses Gilbert Simondon’s theory of ontogenesis, which describes being in terms of becoming or genesis. Simondon argues that philosophy should analyse not substantial, complete and self-identical individuals but the processes of individuation. Thus Simondon creates a universal theory of individuation, which is understood as a shift from the pre-individual state to the process of creating an individual, which becomes the starting point for a new process of individuation. For Simondon ontology is based not on identity but on disparity and difference that force individuals to undergo qualitative change. Thus the theory of individuation becomes a universal methodology, which enables comparison between physical, biological, psychosocial and technical individuations. In this sense Simondon’s theory of individuation or ontogenesis can be interpreted as a materialist methodology, which allows for comparison of organic and inorganic, human and non-human individuals.

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