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Vinciane Despret

Vinciane Despret

Belgian philosopher
Vinciane Despret
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Intro Belgian philosopher
Is Philosopher
From Belgium
Type Philosophy
Gender female
Birth 12 November 1959, Anderlecht
Age 61 years
Star sign Scorpio
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Vinciane Despret is a Belgian philosopher of science, associate professor, at the University of Liège, Belgium.


Vinciane Despret first graduated in philosophy. She studied psychology and graduated in 1991. She is most known for having provided a reflexive account on ethologists, observing babblers in the Negev desert and the way they would interpret those birds' complex dance moves.

She is considered to be a foundational thinker in what has now became the field of animal studies. More generally, at the heart of her work lies the question of the relationship between observers and the observed during the conduct of scientific research.

Despret affiliates herself to such critical thinkers in philosophy and anthropology of science as Isabelle Stengers, Donna Haraway and Bruno Latour. She undertakes a critical understanding of how science is fabricated, following scientists doing fieldwork and the way they actively create links and specific relationships to their objects of study.

Although she has mostly published books in French, some of her works are planned to be published in English in the course of late 2012.

Main works

  • "The Body We Care for: Figures of Anthropo-zoo-genesis", Body & Society, 2004, 10:2-3, 111-134.
  • Our emotional Makeup. Ethnopsychology and Selfhood. New York : Other Press, 2004.
  • "Sheep do have Opinions", in B. Latour & P. Weibel (eds), Making Things Public. Atmospheres of Democracy, 2006, Cambridge (MA) : M.I.T. Press, 360-370.
  • "Ecology and Ideology : the Case of Ethology", International Problems, vol. XXXIII.63 (3-4) : 45-61.
  • "The Becoming of Subjectivity in Animal Worlds", Subjectivity, 2008, 23, 123-129.

Co-authored books in French

  • with Isabelle Stengers, Les faiseuses d'histoires. Que font les femmes à la pensée?, Paris, La Découverte (Les empêcheurs de penser en rond), 2011.
  • with Jocelyne Porcher, Etre Bête, Arles, Actes sud, 2007.

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