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Meetings HPS of Paris Diderot



Seminar Master Lophiss Paris Diderot / Research SPHERE UMR 7219.

Organisation : Nadine De Courtenay and Ivahn Smadja (Univ. paris Diderot, SPHERE).


Archives : 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17




PROGRAM 2017-2018
Sessions on Fridays, 4:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m.
University Paris Diderot, Building Halle aux Farines, Esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet / rue Françoise Dolto - 75013 Paris. Campus map.



November 10, Room 234C, Halle aux farines

The Philosopher : A History of Six Types
(Princeton University Press, 2017)

Presented by the author : Justin E. H. Smith (University Paris Diderot, SPHERE)
Followed by a general discussion introduced by David Rabouin.

Abstract :
What would the global history of philosophy look like if it were told not as a story of ideas but as a series of job descriptions—ones that might have been used to fill the position of philosopher at different times and places over the past 2,500 years ? The Philosopher does just that, providing a new way of looking at the history of philosophy by bringing to life six kinds of figures who have occupied the role of philosopher in a wide range of societies around the world over the millennia—the Natural Philosopher, the Sage, the Gadfly, the Ascetic, the Mandarin, and the Courtier. The result is at once an unconventional introduction to the global history of philosophy and an original exploration of what philosophy has been—and perhaps could be again.
By uncovering forgotten or neglected philosophical job descriptions, the book reveals that philosophy is a universal activity, much broader—and more gender inclusive—than we normally think today. In doing so, The Philosopher challenges us to reconsider our idea of what philosophers can do and what counts as philosophy.




December 1rst, Room 470E, Halle aux farines

Savoir médical, maladie et philosophie (XVIIIe-XXe siècles) : Actualité de la pensée de Roselyne Rey
(Presses Universitaires de Paris-Sorbonne, 2016)

Presented by one of the editors : Éric Hamraoui (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers)




February 2, 2018, Room tba

Individuals Accross the Sciences
(Oxford University Press, 2015)

Presented by the editors : Alexandre Guay (Université catholique de Louvain) & Thomas Pradeu (CNRS, CIRID)




March 2, Room tba

Iris Runge. A Life at the Crossroads of Mathematics, Science, and Industry
(Springer Basel, 2012)

Presented by the author : Renate Tobies (Institut für Geschichte der Medezin, Naturwissenschaften und Technik, Jena)




April 6, Room tba
Introduction à la philosophie des sciences médicales
(Hermann, 2017).

Presented by the author : Maël Lemoine (University of Tours)