Gilbert Simondon and the Technical Mentalities and Transindividual Affects of Art-Science – Body & Society – article

Gilbert Simondon and the Technical Mentalities and Transindividual Affects of Art-Science

Andrew Lapworth | Body & Society

2019-10-26

These days, when we hear the slogan ‘let’s make our country great again’ we almost automatically assume the state concerned is the US, and the leader uttering the slogan is President Trump. This article invites readers to explore the discourse and practices through which another national leader is seeking to restore his country’s ‘greatness’ and promote national and international security. The leader concerned is France’s Emmanuel Macron. Why focus on the French president? Because since his election he has become the most dynamic European leader, on a mission to enhance France’s international stature, and to do so via a broader process of protecting and empowering the EU. More broadly, France stands out as a country whose political leadership has long been committed to the goal of playing a global role. As Pernille Rieker reminds us, ‘Since 1945, French foreign policy has been dominated by the explicit ambition of restoring the country’s greatness [la grandeur de la France], justified in terms of French exceptionalism’.1

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