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DIAMaT#3: Technology and Politics: The Case of Gilbert Simondon

Friday 22 April 2016, 18.00

For this third seminar in the DIAMaT series, Nathaniel Boyd considers an alternative conception of the technical and technology, and its relation to political philosophy, will be discussed with Andrea Bardin, who will introduce Gilbert Simondon’s political philosophy.

A central element of political thought in the early modern period was the use of technological description and metaphor for the ordering of the body politic. Yet what may have started out as a means of description and metaphor quickly changed from a question of what constituted the good life – the independent activity of those making up the ancient polis – to simply a technical problem. Since this shift, technical questions have become intrinsic to political philosophy; or rather political philosophy itself has made way for the new political and social sciences.

Andrea Bardin is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and History, Brunel University, London, and researcher at CIDES, Centre international des études simondoniennes, Paris. He is the author of Epistemology and Political Philosophy in Gilbert Simondon Individuation, Technics, Social Systems (Springer 2015).