This paper takes the understanding of philosophy as political techne to be at the core of Gilbert Simondon’s thought. This is shown against the background of the Note Complémentaire, a short text written at the same time as his two main works Du mode d’existence des objets techniques and L’individuation à la lumière des notions de forme et d’information. An analysis of the specific function played by technics within culture in Simondon’s thought helps draw a line that connects the two books. Culture is conceived as a regulatory apparatus of social systems, made of structures and processes of transindividual individuation recurrently made metastable by both biological and technical factors. In my conclusions, I deal with Simondon’s understanding of philosophy as a pedagogical tradition, that is a subset of culture carrying and spreading the schemas of political invention it has developed from technics since its pre-Socratic origins.
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