Isabelle Stengers (BE) is a philosopher of science, who entitled her latest book "In times of catastrophy, resist the barbarism that will come."
Isabelle Stengers teaches philosophy
at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her interests centre around both the
constructive adventure of modern sciences and the problems born from the
association of this adventure with power and claims to rational authority. She
is working on the crucial challenge, both political and cultural, of an active
ecology embedding our many diverging scientific practices in a democratic and
demanding environment, against both the ideal of their sovereign autonomy and
their submission to social demands. Her last book, Au temps des catastrophes, emphasizes the crucial
importance, in the coming hard times, of empowerment processes whereby groups
acquire, or reclaim, the capacity of actively situating themselves and of
inventing cooperation practices. Among her previous English translated books : Order out of Chaos (with I. Prigogine), A History of Chemistry (with B. Bernadette
Bensaude-Vincent), Power and
The Invention of Modern Science.