What is it about?

This paper draws on the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon to think about his idea of the 'pre-individual'. The paper develops the link between this conceptual term and ongoing debates about affect and affect theory.

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Why is it important?

I argue the pre-individual is useful for ongoing debates in human geography around how we explain the production of perceptive experience in relation to the environments in which we live. It draws out the sense in which new perceptive experience is indebted to indefinite and singular thresholds of expression.


The paper tries to highlight the way that the production of perceptive experience is something that has its genesis in quite obscure yet important elements of a lived moment. Links are made between Simondon's notion of the pre-individual and Gilles Deleuze's project or transcendental empiricism, as well as the distinction between affect (as individuation) and affection (as individualisation).

Thomas Keating
University of New South Wales

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This page is a summary of: Pre-individual affects: Gilbert Simondon and the individuation of relation, Cultural Geographies, January 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1474474018824090.
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