Ideals and Practices of Rationality – An Interview with Lorraine Daston

  • Michael Trevor Bycroft University of Warwick

Abstract

Lorraine Daston is a historian of science based at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she has directed a research group since 1995. Her career spans five decades and has included award-winning monographs such as Classical Probability in the Enlightenment (1988), Wonders and the Order of Nature (with Katherine Park, 1998), and Objectivity (with Peter Galison, 2007), as well as a large number of collective works. She visited the University of Warwick in March 2017 to deliver the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture. In a wide-ranging interview, she spoke about the evolution of the discipline of the history of science; the research programme known as historical epistemology; the nuts and bolts of collaboration in the humanities; her current research on archives in the sciences and the humanities; and the transience of scientific theories.

Author Biography

Michael Trevor Bycroft, University of Warwick

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

History Department

References

Conant, J. B. (1948), Harvard Case Studies in Experimental Science, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

Daston, L., Classical Probability in the Enlightenment (1988), Princeton: Princeton University Press

Daston, L. (ed.) (2017), Science in the Archives: Pasts, Presents, Futures, Chicago: Chicago University Press

Daston, L., P. Erickson, J. L. Klein, R. Lemov, T. Sturm, and M. D. Gordin (eds.) (2013), How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind: The Strange Career of Cold War Rationality, Chicago: Chicago University Press

Daston, L. and P. Galison (2007), Objectivity, New York: Zone Books

Daston, L., L. Krüger and M. Heidelberger (eds.) (1987), The Probabilistic Revolution; Vol. I: Ideas in History, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Daston, L. and E. Lunbeck (eds.), Histories of Scientific Observation, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011

Daston, L. and K. Park (1998), Wonders and the Order of Nature, New York: Zone Books

Hacking, I. (1975), The Emergence of Probability, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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Published
2017-04-30
How to Cite
BYCROFT, Michael Trevor. Ideals and Practices of Rationality – An Interview with Lorraine Daston. Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 173-188, apr. 2017. ISSN 2053-9665. Available at: <http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/article/view/157>. Date accessed: 21 nov. 2017.
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'Exchanges' - Conversations with...

Keywords

Lorraine Daston, history of science, collaboration, archives, historical epistemology, scientific progress