Isabelle Stengers

Isabelle Stengers nsIn existographies, Isabelle Stengers (1949-) (CR:9) is a Belgian chemist-philosopher noted, in human thermodynamics, for her co-authorship work with Ilya Prigogine, her role being to help laymanize Prigogine’s theories.

In 1984, Stengers co-authored Order Out of Chaos with Belgian chemist with Ilya Prigogine, wherein they worked to popularize the far-from-equilibrium view of thermodynamics based evolution, wherein the famous footnote 2.5 on Goethe and Mittler the mediator occurs.

In 1997, Stengers co-authored The End of Certainty with Prigogine, a simpler elaboration of their former work. [2]

In 1997, Stengers, in her Power and Invention, used the laws of thermodynamics to explain how nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory apply in philosophy. [3]

Stengers’ 1982 book 1982 work Novi Savez, written with Prigogine, influenced Mladen Knezevic.

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“While there is a burgeoning literature on matter in social theory, there has been a surprising lack of interest amongst social theorists in the importance of the concept of energy in natural scientific accounts of matter. In this context, I examine how the work of Isabelle Stengers challenges social theorists to take thermodynamic accounts of energy, in particular, seriously. The paper develops three arguments: firstly, while social theorists have often wanted to add social relations to matter, in doing so they have ignored physical scientists’ own analyses of relations, including thermodynamics; secondly, that thermodynamics offers a different way of theorizing matter-energy than that suggested by vitalist approaches to political ecology; thirdly, that the thermodynamic concept of energy is necessarily linked to the practice and politics of measurement. At the same time, I argue that Stengers's account of thermodynamics both illuminates her understanding of politics, and points to its limitations.”
— Andrew Barry (2015), “Thermodynamics, Matter, Politics” (Ѻ)

1. Prigogine, Ilya and Stengers, Isabelle. (1984). Order Out of Chaos. Bantam Books.
2. Prigogine, Ilya and Stengers, Isabelle. (1997). The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos, and the New Laws of Nature. Free Press.
3. Stengers, Isabelle. (1997). Power and Invention: Situating Science. University of Minnesota Press.

Further reading
● Prigogine, Ilya and Stengers, Isabelle. (1971). La Nouvelle Alliance: Metamorphose de la Science (The New Alliance: Metamorphosis of Science) (pg. 126-29). Paris: Gallimard.

External links
Isabelle Stengers – Wikipedia.

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