CAIRN-INT.INFO : International Edition

It is commonly supposed that relations (of appropriation, domination, liberation...) come after the constitution of its terms - subjects, objects, groups. The theory of '˜individuation’ proposed by Gilbert Simondon avoids such substantialism. It does not consider individuals as given but rather as dynamic co-constructions permanently related to different ways of being, rythms and gestures, while the environments in which they act are not so much contexts as sets of dissonances which are as many reserves of becoming. Thus the possibilities of emancipation of both individuals and collectives can be recast : in the tension between individual and collective moments, a space opens for a relation to oneself in which the individual extracts himself from the already constituted, transcends his limits, re-elaborates a way of being, and reinvents the forms of his participation in the world.


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