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Les engagements épistémiques des théories de la complexité

To allow for more interesting discussions, you're invited to read the papers presented by the speakers before the conference. They're available just below in the program and after each abstract Several social and human science works have shown how science and knowledge are not merely a world of ideas. Scientific theories are embedded in different practices, techniques, ontologies, institutions, materiality, norms, and ideologies (Hackett et al., 2008). Scientific narratives, theories, models, and even equations are – despite their often supposed neutrality – carriers of normative and political viewpoints that must be explicated and democratically debated (Granjou & Arpin, 2015; Knorr-Cetina, 1982; Jasanoff, 2015; Vieille-Blanchard, 2007). Following such an anthropological take on complexity theories, this workshop will address the normative, ideological and political underpinnings of complexity science, including questions such as: What kind of ontology of the social world is implicit in complexity theories? What performative and normative effects do such ontologies have on complexity specialists’ views of politics? What are complexity specialists’ commitments in the academic, social, economic, and political fields?

Les complexités de la physique

JM Lévy-Leblond & Marc Barthelemy

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The history of technosciences for governing increasingly complex societies

Dominique Pestre (EHESS) & Matthias Schemmel (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte)

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