Transduction of The Laws of Logomachy

Metastability, Simondon, and the Heraclitean Lógos


  • Joel White Research Network for Philosophy and Technology



metastability, Simondon, Steigler, Heraclitus, logic, Thermodynamics, Entropy


This article is one in a series that develops the concept of logomachy. Logomachy is a philosophy of semantics or sense that takes into consideration the thermodynamic status of things in the world (their quamity). In particular, this article, looks at Gilbert Simondon’s claim that the laws of thought (Identity, Contradiction and the Excluded Middle) do not hold once certain thermodynamic states such as metastability (in between stability and instability) are taken into account. This article formulates, through a method I term transduction (the mutual development of concepts between domains), novel logical laws that fit more adequately the way things thermodynamically are in the world. To do this, the article turns to the presocratic philosopher Heraclitus to rethink the logos as a conflictual site of meaning where things, and their capacity to make-sense, is conditioned by energetic investment, where difference is the condition of sameness.






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White, Joel. 2023. “Transduction of The Laws of Logomachy: Metastability, Simondon, and the Heraclitean Lógos”. Technophany, A Journal for Philosophy and Technology 1 (2): 1-27.