Cosmopolitics I, Isabelle Stengers

The first reading group of 2016 will focus on the initial three volumes of Isabelle Stenger’s Cosmopolitics which were published in English in 2010.

Cosmopolitics explores the role and authority of science in modern societies and the ways it defines and claims objectivity, rationality, and truth. It neither accepts nor dismisses the claims of either philosophy or science rather it works to “renew our definition of what it is ‘to belong’ or ’to pertain’ to the world by diving deep into the sciences in order to extract their hidden cosmopolitcs” (Bruno Latour).

Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics I, trans Robert Bononno, 2010

The reading group takes place fortnightly on either Wednesday night 6 – 7:30 pm starting in Albert Park and moving indoors as the weather cools, commencing on February 17.

February 17: Session 1
Book I. The Science Wars ch 1 – 3
Location: Albert Park Band Rotunda

March 2: Session 2
Book I. The Science Wars ch 4 – 6
Location: TBC

March 16: Session 3
Book II The Invention of Mechanics: Power and Reason ch 7 – 9
Location: TBC

March 30: Session 4
Book II The Invention of Mechanics: Power and Reason ch 10 – 14
Location: TBC

April 13: Session 5
Book III Thermodynamics: The Crisis of Physical Reality ch 14 – 17
Location: TBC

April 27: Session 6
Book III Thermodynamics: The Crisis of Physical Reality Ch 18 – 20
Location: TBC

You can find a pdf of the book on Monoskop Log http://monoskop.org/log/?p=6740
You can read reviews of the book here: http://www.shaviro.com/Blog/?p=401 and here: http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/reviews/individual-reviews/history-flows-through-some-problems

About the reading group:
The reading group: is open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks. We will be reading and discussing specific sections each fortnight moving through the book. The group is facilitated by Melissa Laing [melissa at melissalaing.com] who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.

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