Individuation, Cosmogenesis and Technology: Sri Aurobindo and Gilbert Simondon

  • Debashish Banerji


The turn of the nineteenth/twentieth century saw a number of philosophers of conscious evolution emerging from different cultural backgrounds. This paper argues that this phenomenon, which has sometimes been seen as a philosophical consequence of Darwin’s evolutionary theory in the life sciences, is more importantly related to the enhanced scope of human subjectivity made possible by technology at this time. Yet technology remains the ‘unthought within the thought’ of its times, an ambiguous presence, derided for its alienating effects and praised for its enhancement of human capacities and comforts. A later generation of thinkers, belonging to the post-World War II era, renews the thought of conscious evolution, now in engagement with new technologies of a planet spanning scope. This essay considers the ideas of these two generations of thinkers, focusing on Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950) from the earlier generation and Gilbert Simondon (1924–1989) from the more recent era, questioning the consequences of contemporary technology in their thoughts, goals and practices. In developing the historical continuity of ideas, it tracks the question of technology from the earlier to the later generation, highlighting the understanding of both its promise and its ills and engaging with it the possibilities of conscious evolution.


Human Subjectivity Technical Object Human Unity Practical Psychology Political Text 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California Institute of Integral StudiesSan FranciscoUSA

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