Epistemology and Political Philosophy in Gilbert Simondon

Individuation, Technics, Social Systems

  • Andrea Bardin

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Nature and Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
  3. Organism and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-68
    2. Andrea Bardin
      Pages 69-88
    3. Andrea Bardin
      Pages 127-142
  4. Technicity, Sacredness and Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-144
    2. Andrea Bardin
      Pages 145-163
    3. Andrea Bardin
      Pages 165-189
    4. Andrea Bardin
      Pages 191-216
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 243-251

About this book


This combination of historiography and theory offers the growing Anglophone readership interested in the ideas of Gilbert Simondon a thorough and unprecedented survey of the French philosopher’s entire oeuvre. The publication, which breaks new ground in its thoroughness and breadth of analysis, systematically traces the interconnections between Simondon’s philosophy of science and technology on the one hand, and his political philosophy on the other.

The author sets Simondon’s ideas in the context of the epistemology of the late 1950s and the 1960s in France, the milieu that shaped a generation of key French thinkers such as Deleuze, Foucault and Derrida. This volume explores Simondon’s sources, which were as eclectic as they were influential: from the philosophy of Bergson to the cybernetics of Wiener, from the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty to the epistemology of Canguilhem, and from Bachelard’s philosophy of science to the positivist sociology and anthropology of luminaries such as Durkheim and Leroi-Gourhan. It also tackles aspects of Simondon’s philosophy that relate to Heidegger and Elull in their concern with the ontological relationship between technology and society, and discusses key scholars of Simondon such as Barthélémy, Combes, Stiegler, and Virno, as well as the work of contemporary protagonists in the philosophical debate on the relevance of technique. The author’s intimate knowledge of Simondon’s language allows him to resolve many of t

he semantic errors and misinterpretations that have plagued reactions to Simondon’s many philosophical neologisms, often drawn from his scientific studies.  


Bernard Stiegler Epistemology and politics Gilbert Simondon Gilles Deleuze Invention and regulation Machine and society Organism and social systems Philosophy of individuation Technocracy and technophobia Transindividual

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Bardin
    • 1
  1. 1.Brunel University LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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