Lorraine Daston, 2021–22

Project Title:

Science Goes Global

Birkelund Fellowship, 2021-22

Visiting Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago and Director Emerita, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Daston, Lorraine

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and permanent fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her work spans a broad range of topics in the early modern and modern history of science, including probability and statistics, wonders and the order of nature, scientific images, objectivity and other epistemic virtues, quantification, observation, algorithms, and the moral authority of nature. She has been awarded the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society (2012), the Dan David Prize in the History of Science (2018), and the Heineken Prize for History of the Royal Netherlands Academy (2020) for her scholarly work. Her publications include Classical Probability in the Enlightenment (1988), (coauthored with Peter Galison), Objectivity (2007), (coauthored with Paul Erikson et al.) How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind: The Strange Career of Cold War Rationality (2013), Against Nature (2019), and Rules: A Short History of What We Live By (in press). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and a corresponding member of the British Academy.

Selected Publications

Against Nature

  • Daston, Lorraine. Against Nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2019.
  • Daston, Lorraine. “The Coup d’Oeil: On a Mode of Understanding.” Critical Inquiry 45 (2019): 307-31.
  • Daston, Lorraine. “Objectivity and Impartiality: Epistemic Virtues in the Humanities.“ In The Making of the Humanities, vol. 3, The Modern Humanities, edited by Rens Bod, Jaap Maat, and Thijs Weststeijn, 27-42. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014.
  • Daston, Lorraine, and Peter Galison. Objectivity. New York: Zone Books, 2007.
  • Daston, Lorraine. Classical Probability in the Enlightenment. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988.
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