Michel Serres

Bruno Latour enthusiasts will not be surprised to read here of my affection for the work of Michel Serres. A philosopher and historian with a rich background in both the sciences and the humanities, Serres’ elegant scholarship and non-modern sensibilities gives texture to some of Latour’s most impactful concepts and ideas. Associated with a number of different institutions and organizations (e.g., Stanford University, the Sorbonne, the European Graduate School, the French Academy, etc.), Serres is still a highly active author/writer whose work has only recently made its way into Anglo-Saxon academia. Fortunately, a small but growing community of ‘Serrites’ are forming, often in and around the blogosphere on blogs such as Michel Serres: Messengers, but also through the work of people like the University of Cambridge’s Stephen Connor and the University of Leicester’s Steve Brown.

No learning can avoid the voyage. Depart: go forth. Learning launches wandering.

MICHEL SERRES, The Troubadour of Knowledge (1991)

Much of my interest in Serres’ work is due to my own addiction to acts of invention. Working for much of the past 20 years in science and science teacher education, invention has become not only an important feature of my pedagogical repertoire, but also one of my greatest professional pleasures. I am, at heart, a tinkerer. I find great satisfaction in bringing together all sorts of ideas, influences, concepts, theories, and allies. I like to experiment, conceptualize, and prototype. I like to theorize, construct, and build. I like to assemble. Although I often feel like a novice when it comes to understanding the many complexities, intricacies, subtleties and nuances of Serres’ work, he is without question one of the most interesting inventors I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

Place of Work | Stanford University
Title | Professor of the History of Science
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