(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Organismic spatiality : toward a metaphysic of composition

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • Dept. of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, ETATS-UNIS


The task of this paper is the construction of a theory of organismic spatiality. I take as a starting point Gilles Deleuze’s reference in The Logic of Sense to Gilbert Simondon’s concept of the membrane. To understand how the membrane brings the organism’s interior milieu into contact with the outside requires us to analyze its capacity to affect and be affected by its environment. To appreciate the compositional implications of this affectivity, I bring the concept into conversation with Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela’s work on autopoietic systems theory. Conceived autopoietically, the organism’s activity as a living system constructs its own milieu of exteriority. Just as it pulses to its rhythm of temporality, so too does the organism live its own space: the here, as opposed to the now, of organismic subjectivity


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 32, no4 [pp. 739-752]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.



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