Mittwoch, 06. Juni 2018, 16:45 - 18:15 iCal

Guest Lecture Prof. Eric Brian

Historicity of the sciences: three ways to approach it, with Maurice Halbwachs, Jean-Claude Perrot, and Gaston Bachelard

Hörsaal 2H im Neuen Institutsgebäude (NIG)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien


Bourdieu’s “Peculiar history of scientific Reason” – sociological Forum, 1991 – will be the beginning point. How History is to be understood here? And, therefore, what does “Historicity of the sciences” mean? Philosophers, Historians and Sociologists have approached it in many ways, and, especially in France, with strong disciplinary mutual blindness since the mid 20th century. But today, with the global circulation of works and research fashions their concepts and know how are widely merged, carrying a tremendous amount of ambiguities, one can measure it following keywords like “historical epistemology”, “intellectual history” or “collective memory”. The point here, will be to consider that the Historicity of the sciences may be a common object of inquiry as far as one recalls the initial questioning held by the Philosopher Gaston Bachelard in the mid 1930’s, scrutinizes Maurice Halbwachs’ strong social theory of memory shaped in the 1940’s, and the more recent proposals of the Historian, Jean-Claude Perrot, for a renewal of intellectual history. Together, these three approaches are offering a consistent methodological base to be shared by protagonists of the disciplines concerned today.

Eric Brian is Directeur d’études (full Professor) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.


Doktoratskolleg "Naturwissenschaften im historischen, philosophischen und kulturellen Kontext"


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