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On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects

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On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects
by Gilbert Simondon
translated by Cécile Malaspina and John Rogove
forthcoming April 2017
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A groundbreaking study on the universe of technical objects by one of France’s most important thinkers of the second half of the 20th century.

Few thinkers have been as influential upon current discussions and theoretical practices in the age of media archeology, philosophy of technology, and digital humanities as the French thinker Gilbert Simondon. Simondon’s prolific intellectual curiosity led his work and his philosophical and scientific reflections to traverse a variety of areas or research including philosophy, psychology, the beginnings of cybernetics, as well as the foundations of religion. For Simondon, the human/machine distinction is perhaps not such a simple dichotomy. There is much we can learn from our technical objects, and while it has been said that humans have an alienating rapport with their technical objects, Simondon takes up the task of a true thinker who sees the potential for humanity to uncover life-affirming modes of technical objects whereby we can discover the potentiality for novel, healthful, and dis-alienating rapports with them. For Simondon, by way of studying its genesis, one must grant to the technical object the same ontological status as that of the aesthetic object or even a living being. Simondon’s work thus opens up exciting new entry points into studying the human’s rapport with its continually changing technical reality. This first complete English language translation of Gilbert Simondon’s groundbreaking and influential work finally presents to an Anglophone readership one of the pinnacle works of France’s most unique thinkers of technics. 

Gilbert Simondon was a French philosopher of technology whose work continues to attract new interest within a variety of academic fields.

Cecile Malaspina is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London.

John Rogove is an associate research fellow at the Paris Husserl Archives at the Ecole normale supérieure, holds a PhD in philosophy from the Université Paris-Sorbonne, where he taught philosophy, and currently teaches at the Institut catholique de Paris and at NYU.

Details
Details Paperback | 310 pages | 6.75 x 9" | Illustrations: 15 | Letterpress Cover | Cover Design by Jason Wagner

Tags: Theory and Philosophy, Spring 2016, Gilbert Simondon

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