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On Louis Rougier (1889-1982)

May 17, 2019

Study Day
IHPST, 13 rue du Four, 75006 Paris

Louis Rougier (1889-1982) is one of the great French epistemologists of the inter-war period. He was close to the Vienna Circle, the only French member of the Movement for the Unity of Science which succeeded him, organizer in Paris in 1938 of the Lippmann Symposium (considered as the birth certificate of neo-liberalism): however, the work of this controversial figure remains largely unknown. This study day, which is an extension of the international symposium devoted to him in Geneva in October 2004, proposes to clarify various aspects of his thought, by examining in particular his relationships with some of his colleagues. his contemporaries (Boll, Destouches, Allais). It will also complement our knowledge of the French academic world before and after the Second World War.

Organisation: Michel Bourdeau (IHPST) & Alexandre Moatti (SPHERE)


9:00-9:15 Introduction, by Gerhard Heinzmann (Archives Henri Poincaré, University of Lorraine)

  • 9:15-10:15 Mathieu Marion (Professor à l’UQAM, Montréal)
    Le conventionnalisme de Louis Rougier

  • 10:15-11:15 Simone Mazauric (Professor emeritus, University of Lorraine)
    Louis Rougier, historien des sciences

11:15-11:30 Coffebreak

  • 11:30-12:30 Peter Schöttler (Institut Max-Planck d’histoire des sciences, Berlin)
    Louis Rougier et Marcel Boll


  • 14:45-15:45 Olivier Dard (Professor, Paris-IV Sorbonne University, research laboratory SIRICE)
    Louis Rougier et le néo-libéralisme

  • 15:45-16:45 Christophe Eckes (Lecturer, University of Lorraine)
    Sur le physicien Jean-Louis Destouches

16:45-17:00 Coffebreak

  • 17:00-18:00 Alexandre Moatti (associated researcher, University Paris-Diderot, research laboratory SPHERE)
    Maurice Allais, physicien ?