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Gilbert Simondon
Gilbert Simondon
by Simon Mills
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.45

5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling and absorbing account of the works of Gilbert Simondon., 4 July 2017
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I approached this book as an interested amateur - my reading on philosophy to date has largely been limited to introductory texts, supplemented by listening to occasional podcasts. This book represented a significant stretch for me as I imagine its target readership is probably postgraduate in a relevant field. That said, the writing, though academic, is clear. Mills provides enough guide ropes and hand holds; as a lay reader, with patience, careful reading and a good dictionary of philosophical terms, I was able to make progress. The book provides ample rewards for the time spent reading it. It describes Simondon’s theory of individuation; how objects , always in relation and always with the potential for further change, come into being and develop, and how information can be understood as that which provokes this individuation; The understanding of becoming is then developed into the concept of emergence of higher levels, each with their own chronology and topology that can fall in and out of phase. Simondons ideas concerning the development of the psychic realm and the transindividual are explained, as is his account of the image cycle. These insights are then applied to technology, and some time is spent contrasting and comparing Simondons work on man’s troubled relationship with technology to other thinkers in the field. The last chapters of the book suggest how Simondian insights can be applied to the study of Media, and to situating Simondon more broadly in a philosophical context. As a non philosopher, I would have been interested to know if Simondian concepts can be situated in a historical anthropological context, particularly with regards to magical unity; similarly should concepts such as psychic individuation be understood as occurring over an evolutionary timescale rather than simply in the development of a particular organism. This is not to criticise what has been written, simply that the concepts described would seem applicable to many disparate areas of study; the potential scope of this book is enormous. The breadth and depth of knowledge that must have been required to write it is humbling. Appropriately for a book about information, change and becoming, my own mental landscape felt altered by it’s reading and I was left wanting more. I thoroughly recommend it.


My Lover's Lover
My Lover's Lover
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 19 May 2016
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Started out fairly promising but I felt the story lost its purpose about a third of the way through. I got bored of the characters without really getting to know them. Underwhelming


Voyage en France, an Easy French Story, PART 2: With Glossaries Throughout the Text (Easy French Reader Series for Beginners) (French Edition)
Voyage en France, an Easy French Story, PART 2: With Glossaries Throughout the Text (Easy French Reader Series for Beginners) (French Edition)

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple story well told, 14 Jan. 2014
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charming and at a perfect level for someone just starting to get to grips with learning to read french. comprehensive glossary.


Easy French Stories for Beginners - Voyage en France: With French-English Glossaries (Easy French Reader Series for Beginners t. 2) (French Edition)
Easy French Stories for Beginners - Voyage en France: With French-English Glossaries (Easy French Reader Series for Beginners t. 2) (French Edition)
Price: £2.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy modern french for advanced beginner, 12 Jan. 2014
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simple story well told in straightforward french. the glossary included all the words I struggled with. too short though! left wanting more.


A French Reader: Le Vétérinaire (French Readers t. 42) (French Edition)
A French Reader: Le Vétérinaire (French Readers t. 42) (French Edition)
Price: £2.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left wanting more, 11 Jan. 2014
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perfect level for me - advanced beginner. three very short stories. the passages are a bit long between translations. I was left wanting more.


0.15m 15cm IEC C14-C7 Kettle to Figure 8 Mains Converts C13 to C7 Cable Lead Adapter
0.15m 15cm IEC C14-C7 Kettle to Figure 8 Mains Converts C13 to C7 Cable Lead Adapter

5.0 out of 5 stars 0.15m 15cm IEC C14-C7 Kettle to Figure 8 Mains Converts C13 to C7 Cable Lead Adapter, 4 Nov. 2013
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This is the best 0.15m 15cm IEC C14-C7 Kettle to Figure 8 Mains Converts C13 to C7 Cable Lead Adapter I have ever bought.


Department 19 (Department 19, Book 1)
Department 19 (Department 19, Book 1)
by Will Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointng, 29 April 2012
i read this book expaecting it to be brilliant but it is badly written and has a dull, unoriginal storyline


How to Help Your Loved One Overcome Depression: A Fast and Simple System to Relieve Distress
How to Help Your Loved One Overcome Depression: A Fast and Simple System to Relieve Distress
by Dr. Nicola L. Ridgeway
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful book, 13 Jan. 2012
a useful practical book for people living with depressed partners, highly recommended. I found the dialogue style a clear way of communicating the information, and although a lot of the information could be called "common sense" it`s often the simple, easy to do things that get forgoten.


Icelandic (Teach Yourself Languages) Accompanies Book
Icelandic (Teach Yourself Languages) Accompanies Book
by Hildur Jonsdottir
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars teach yourself icelandic book and cd, 5 Feb. 2011
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It`s the only product on the market that i could find - i ideally wanted an audio only course, but this comes close - the book is helpful for grammar points and would be useful if you wanted to take your studies further; you do need to refer to it at times as not all the vocabulary in the dialogues is translated on the cd`s. The quality is good and the pronounciation becomes clear eventually, even if it appears that it will be impossible initially. I like the part on the cd when the character is descibing someone as "rather fat, and very hospitable"(in icelandic) and appears to be stifling back laughter.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars toddler's delight, 10 Feb. 2009
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very popular with our three year old - in fact have trouble keeping my older children off it!!


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