Forthcoming book. Michel Serres: A Critical Introduction

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS ON MICHEL SERRES: The good news is that Christopher Watkin will be publishing a comprehensive introduction to Michel Serres’ work. Serres is a very interesting and important philosopher, who very much deserves to be better known. The bad news is that Watkin wants to establish a link with “object-oriented ontology”, an absurd pseudo-philosophy which is the antithesis of everything that Serres wrote.

Christopher Watkin

SerresI am pleased and honoured to have recently signed a contract on a critical introduction to Michel Serres for an Anglophone readership. The backstory to Michel Serres: A Critical Introduction is the impression I have long since formed, and that has strengthened over time, of just how fruitfully Serres’ thought intersects with, informs and frequently subtends a whole host of the most important contemporary debates in and around European philosophy, and does so in ways that often remain implicit or unexplored.

The book will be the first comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to Serres in any language, a comprehensiveness which is particularly important given his genuinely cross-disciplinary work which is, despite all the rhetoric around Interdisciplinarity today, still rare in its scope and expertise.

Rather than just offering a general (and unwieldy) introduction to Serres’ titanic corpus, the book will weave together a series of interconnected arguments to demonstrate how is…

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3 Responses to Forthcoming book. Michel Serres: A Critical Introduction

  1. True Story: Terence, my personal ‘introduction to Michel Serres’ came in February 1981 when I heard you talk about him from the Sydney University ‘Foreign Bodies’ conference stage!! And the Anglo professional-philosophical world is still catching up after that! By the way, have you ever read the Serres/Latour CONVERSATIONS ON SCIENCE, CULTURE AND TIME (1995 in English, 1990 French is ECLAIRCISSEMENTS)? I still need to track it down. I still often quote the ‘we work on crowds, clouds’ line from Serres that you used in ’81.

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  2. terenceblake says:

    Yes, I have followed the evolution of his thought over the decades. There is a nice new book of interviews in French: “Pantopie : de Hermès à petite poucette : Entretiens avec Martin Legros et Sven Ortoli“.


  3. Thanks for that reference!


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