Gilbert Simondon (1924-89) is an incredibly influential but poorly-known philosopher of technics and individuation. His philosophy of individuation, informed by quantum physics and based on the concept of meta-stability, became critical to the works of Gilles Deleuze. His theory of information became central to the works of Bernard Stiegler.
This month-long reading group will try to grapple with applying Simondon’s individuation and technics to 21st century life. We will be working through On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects as well as several essays and chapters by a variety of thinkers. There will be film and fiction assignments too. The goal will be to grapple with what it means to be human (or not human) in the 21st century and whether Simondon’s ideas can better help us to understand what and where we are.
Meets Fridays at 8:30
Reading Schedule here: