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Introduction to Serres on Transdisciplinarity

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Mercier Lucie,
Project Translation as Method: Relational Metaphysics for Postcolonial Times
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Theory, Culture & Society
Volume (Issue) 32(5-6)
Page(s) 37 - 40
Title of proceedings Theory, Culture & Society
DOI 10.1177/0263276415599118


Excerpted from an article on Leibniz first published in 1974 in Hermès III, la Traduction, Michel Serres’s ‘Transdisciplinarity as Relative Exteriority’ offers a synoptic view of Serres’s vision of the relationship between philosophy and the sciences. Serres charts four historical strategies by which philosophy has secured its theoretical control over the sciences, four versions of philosophical exteriority towards the scientific field. He contrasts this topography or philosophical ‘theatre’ of representation to Leibniz’s immanent relation to scientific discourse. A systematic whole without fixed metalanguage, the Leibnizian encyclopaedia constitutes, according to Serres, a truly transdisciplinary method.