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Sciences en questions

Sciences en questions

The Sciences en questions collection is geared towards the wider scientific community and for readers interested in epistemology, and includes works covering philosophical, historical, anthropological, sociological or ethical aspects of science and scientific operations. This collection is directed by Raphaël Larrère et Catherine Donnars.



Penser l'éventuel

Think of the possibilities

Here comes the downside of working in science


N. Bouleau

Edition 2017

Interpretations have long been removed from modern science as they were seen as beliefs. Instead, deductions and generalisations have taken their place. Yet, as in any science form, there are concerns and worries, therefore leading to interpretations. According to Nicolas Bouleau, we need to have a more interpretative approach to the context we’re living in. By expanding upon Hans Jonas’ vision and Lacan’s theses on knowledge, this essay takes another look at the environment using a full-blown scientific approach.


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Footprint of intellectual rights on living organisms

Footprint of intellectual rights on living organisms


M. Hermitte

Edition 2016

This book discusses how living resources are protected legally in France. It starts by tracing the history of intellectual rights and conditions for patenting inventions. It then focuses on how the processing industries have become interested in living organisms (from seeds to biotechnologies). Lastly, it looks into how the public authorities have intervened in the legal process, thus creating piece-meal systems on the right of living organisms.


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Penser comme un rat

Penser comme un rat


V. Despret

Edition 2016

Que signifie l'épreuve du labyrinthe pour un rat ? Le fait de chercher à comprendre le point de vue des animaux pourrait inciter les chercheurs à modifier leurs pratiques.


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Evaluation du travail a l'epreuve du reel

L'évaluation du travail à l'épreuve du réel

Critique des fondements de l'évaluation


C. Dejours

Edition 2016

L'évaluation est à la base des nouvelles méthodes de management et d'organisation du travail mais aussi source de difficultés théoriques et techniques. Est-il possible de dégager les principes d'une évaluation rationnelle de l'activité humaine ?


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L'ecologie des autres

L'écologie des autres

L'anthropologie et la question de la nature


P. Descola

Edition 2016

Philippe Descola propose ici une écologie des relations entre humains et non humains : c'est en acceptant de renoncer à son anthropocentrisme que l’anthropologie pourra résoudre les débats toujours recommencés entre déterminismes naturels et culturels.


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La science au pluriel

Science In The Plural

Epistemological Essay For The Involved Sciences


L. Coutellec

Edition 2015

The author proposes a critical reflection on what he calls involved science. This refers to science which acknowledges its responsibility and is aware of consequences, science that entertains the possibility of questioning its aims and does not invoke axiological neutrality in order to assert its objectivity. Involved science seeks to share knowledge and the power stemming from that knowledge. The author takes on the challenge of providing science with a new democratic principle which, rather than free it from the social turmoil in which it appears to be entangled, allows it to think in the plural within the depth of its radical involvement in reality.


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Knowledge Market

Knowledge Market

Neoliberalism, Teaching and Research


L. Busch

Edition 2014

This work attempts to trace the links between neoliberalism and the restructuring of universities and research institutes. Having observed the numerous crises faced by higher education and research, the author shows how the neoliberal version of economics has been used to alter the means of undertaking and assessing public research, teaching and commitment. He describes the resulting transformations and argues his own position against them in this complex debate. Lastly, having paid particular attention to the ways that have not been taken, he concludes: for whom and why do we need knowledge? What type of future society do we wish?


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Nature for Sale

Nature for Sale

The Limits of Ecosystem Services


V. Maris

Edition 2014

This book highlights the limits of the ecosystem service approach to measure and assess in monetary terms the ecosystems and how the human race uses them. The author shows how this approach has boosted and multiplied the attempts at monetary evaluation of the biodiversity. Exploiting and then quantifying Nature through monetary assessment are part of a Nature merchandising dynamic with conservation strategies built on market logics.


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For a Literary Interpretation of Scientific Controversies

For a Literary Interpretation of Scientific Controversies


Y. Citton

Edition 2013

How can scientists participate in the controversies raised by certain technical developments? By injecting a literary sensitivity into this participation. This is what this work argues. Through illustrations like a poem by Henri Michaux or a statement by a GMO crop destruction campaigner, Yves Citton investigates how scientists can take part in public and civil debates and help to move away from the confrontation of disciplines, fields and opinions.


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Removing the Sacred Character of the Figure in Assessing the Public Sector

Removing the Sacred Character of the Figure in Assessing the Public Sector


A. Ogien

Edition 2013

How, since 2006 when the organic law on the finance law entered into force, has the figure become the centrepiece in a way of governing where the political decision is subjected to a logic of result? The author wonders about the current hold of the management evaluation over the definition of the governmental activity. He shows how it makes the democratic practices lose their strength. It addresses the forms of resistance that civil servants and citizens can use to oppose this erosion.


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