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Coming soon. This is a work of great originality and importance; reading it forced me to reconsider a lot of what I believed, or thought I knew. Originally published in French in seven volumes, Cosmopolitics investigates the role and authority of the sciences in modern societies and challenges their claims to objectivity, rationality, and truth. For Stengers, science is a constructive enterprise, a diverse, interdependent, and highly contingent system that does not simply discover preexisting truths but, through specific practices and processes, helps shape them.

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Coming soon. This is a work of great originality and importance; reading it forced me to reconsider a lot of what I believed, or thought I knew. Originally published in French in seven volumes, Cosmopolitics investigates the role and authority of the sciences in modern societies and challenges their claims to objectivity, rationality, and truth. For Stengers, science is a constructive enterprise, a diverse, interdependent, and highly contingent system that does not simply discover preexisting truths but, through specific practices and processes, helps shape them.

Stengers concludes this philosophical inquiry with a forceful critique of tolerance; it is a fundamentally condescending attitude, she contends, that prevents those worldviews that challenge dominant explanatory systems from being taken seriously.

Trained as a chemist and philosopher, Isabelle Stengers has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books and two hundred articles on the philosophy of science. Her interests include chaos theory, the history of science, the popularization of the sciences, and the contested status of hypnosis as a legitimate form of psychotherapy.

Her writings represent a significantly creative practice and her inventions take the reader on a journey of learning and transformation that most educationalists could only dream of for their students. Book IV. Quantum Mechanics: The End of the Dream 1. Atoms Exist! Abandon the Dream? Quantum Irony 5.

The Silent Descendant of the Queen of Heaven. Book V. The Arrow of Time 8. The Obligations of Chaos The Laws of Chaos? The Passion of the Law. Book VI. Life and Artifice: The Faces of Emergence The Question of Emergence The Practices of Emergence Dissipative Coherence Artifice and Life The Art of Models Transition to the Limit. Book VII. The Curse of Tolerance The Curse as Test Anxiety and Fright The Politics of Technical Inventions The Cosmopolitical Question Nomadic and Sedentary The Betrayal of the Diplomats Calculemus The Final Challenge.

University of Minnesota Press Coming soon. Home Current Catalogs Blog. View Cart Checkout. Search Site only in current section. Advanced Search…. Cosmopolitics II Contents Preface Book IV.

The Final Challenge Notes Index. Related Publications A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans with A Theory of Meaning The influential work of speculative biology—and a key document in posthumanist studies—now available in a new, accurate English translation. When Species Meet Whom do we touch when we touch a dog? How does this touch shape our multispecies world? Power and Invention Situating Science Explores the interplay between science, society, and power.

The Invention of Modern Science A proposal for better understanding the nature of scientific endeavor from a major European thinker. The Parasite The foundational work in the area now known as posthuman thought. Cosmopolitics I A sweeping critique of the role and authority of modern science in contemporary society. Improper Life Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben How biopolitics can get beyond its obsession with death.

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Isabelle Stengers

Stengers is the daughter of the historian Jean Stengers. Her research interests include the philosophy of science and the history of science. Stengers has also collaborated with psychiatrist Leon Chertok , [5] and the sociologist of science Bruno Latour. An important part of her recent work consists of discussions with and translations of Donna Haraway 's work, which she describes as a difficult task: "I must admit that translating Haraway is not easy, because the writing which she practices is, in her own terms, of a 'technological' order. That writing operates, that words act, that stories, and the way they are told, matter, is always the case for Haraway — including when textual rhetoric aims at situating the reader in the position of having to follow an argumentation with no way around, to share a point of view presented as fundamentally anonymous. Hence including when the text steps aside in favour of the idea with which the point is to agree and of which it has been the mere vehicle. As for Haraway's text, it does not step aside: as is the case of a poetic text, to limit oneself to 'acknowledging' it constitutes a slight mistake.

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Cosmopolitics

Coming soon. A sweeping critique of the role and authority of modern science in contemporary society. For Stengers, science is a constructive enterprise, a diverse, interdependent, and highly contingent system that does not simply discover preexisting truths but, through specific practices and processes, helps shape them. In this remarkable book, Isabelle Stengers extracts from the traditional word cosmopolitism its two constituents, the cosmos and its politics; she argues that a politics that will not be attached to a cosmos is moot, and that a cosmos detached from politics is irrelevant. Cosmopolitics I will be of immense interest for practicing scientists as well as for activists and concerned citizens. In a sweeping work of philosophical inquiry, originally published in French in seven volumes, Isabelle Stengers builds on her previous intellectual accomplishments to explore the role and authority of science in modern societies and to challenge its pretensions to objectivity, rationality, and truth.

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Cosmopolitics I

In Cosmopolitiques , she massively extends and expands upon what she wrote in earlier books like The Invention of Modern Science. Stengers, like Bruno Latour, wants us to give up the claim to absolute supremacy that is the greatest legacy of post-Enlightenment modernity. The point is not to abandon science, nor to see it in cultural-relativist terms as lacking objective validity. Stengers wants to understand science in the specificity of its practices, and thereby to reject its transcendent claims, its claims to foundational status which are always made by detaching it from its actual, concrete practices. Constructivism in philosophy is non-foundationalist: it denies that truth somehow comes first, denies that it is just there in the world or in the mind.

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