Isabelle Stengers

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Isabelle Stengers (/ˈstɛŋərs/; French: [stɑ̃ɡɛʁs]; born 1949) is a Belgian philosopher and daughter of historian Jean Stengers. Stengers graduated with a degree in chemistry from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is the author of books on Chaos Theory, with Ilya Prigogine, the Russian-Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility, especially Order out of Chaos and The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos and the New Laws of Nature.[1] Stengers and Prigogine often draw from the work of Deleuze; treating him as an important philosophical source to think through questions regarding irreversibility and the universe as an open system.

Biography[edit]

Professor Stengers' research interests include the philosophy of science and the history of science. Stengers holds her Professorship in the Philosophy of Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles[2] and received the grand prize for philosophy from the Académie Française in 1993.[3] Stengers has written on English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead;[4] other work has included Continental philosophers such as Michel Serres, Gilbert Simondon and Gilles Deleuze. Stengers has also collaborated with psychiatrist Leon Chertok,[5] and the sociologist of science Bruno Latour.[6]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • La Nouvelle Alliance (1979), together with Ilya Prigogine
  • Prigogine I and Stengers I Order out of Chaos, University of Michigan: Bantam Books (1984)
  • Stengers I and Chertok L, "A critique of psychoanalytic reason: hypnosis as a scientific problem from Lavoisier to Lacan", Noel Evans M (trans.), Stanford: Stanford University Press (1992)
  • Prigogine I and Stengers I The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos and the New Laws of Nature, Free Press (1997)
  • Stengers I, Power and Invention: Situating Science, Bains P (trans.), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (1997)
  • Stengers I, The Invention of Modern Science, Smith D.W (trans.), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (2000)
  • Stengers I "Cosmopolitics I", Bononno, R (trans.), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (2010)
  • Stengers I and Pignarre P Capitalist Sorcery: Breaking the Spell, Goffey A (Trans.), Palgrave Macmillan (2011)
  • Stengers I, Thinking with Whitehead: a free and wild creation of concepts. Harvard University Press. 2011. (translation of original: Penser avec Whitehead, 2002).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Order out of Chaos, University of Michigan: Bantam Books (1984) and The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos and the New Laws of Nature, Free Press (1997)
  2. ^ See: http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/S/stengers_cosmopoliticsI.html and http://www.v2.nl/archive/people/isabelle-stengers
  3. ^ See: http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/S/stengers_science.html
  4. ^ Penser avec Whitehead, Paris, Le Seuil, « L’ordre philosophique », 2002.
  5. ^ A critique of psychoanalytic reason: hypnosis as a scientific problem from Lavoisier to Lacan, Noel Evans M (trans.), Stanford: Stanford University Press (1992)
  6. ^ See: Latour's foreword to Stengers' Power and Invention, http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/P-70%20Stengers-foreword.pdf