Gilbert Simondon's Psychic and Collective Individuation : A Critical Introduction and Guide
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.
Psychic and Collective Individuation is undoubtedly Simondon's most important work and its influence, clearly felt in Stiegler and DeLanda, has continued to grow. David Scott provides the first full introduction to this work, which will inspire as well as instruct philosophers working in Continental thought, philosophy of science, social theory and political philosophy.
•Introduces Simondon’s challenging text by clarifying its complex terminology and structure through a chapter-by-chapter commentary
•Invites a dialogue with other thinkers including Bergson, Deleuze, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Negri
•Places Simondon and Psychic and Collective Individuation in their historical context
•Explains Simondon's relevance to current discussions about biopolitics and post-Nietzschean ethics