Workshop — History of Holistic Views and Organismic Metaphors in Ecology 

Workshop | Journée d’études —  History of Holistic Views and Organismic Metaphors in Ecology

Friday, June 22, 2018 | Vendredi 22 juin 2018
Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST)

Location | Lieu : Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST),13, rue du Four, 75006 Paris

Organized by | Organisé par : Antoine C. Dussault (CIRST/Collège Lionel-Groulx/IHPST), Sophia Rousseau-Mermans (Paris I-IHPST/U. Montréal-CIRST)

This workshop gathers historians and philosophers of ecology to discuss the history of holistic views and organicist metaphors in ecology.

Tentative questions | Questions directrices

  • How do the notions of holism and organicism relate in proto-ecological and early ecological work?
  • What is the influence of non-biological areas of thinking (e.g. sociology, ideology, naturphilosophie, geography) on the holistic and organismic views adopted by ecologists?
  • How do holism and reductionism relate in the views of early ecologists and in those of the non-ecologists who have influenced them?
  • How should Frederic Clements’s ecological organicism be situated with respect to other ecologists’ organismic views?
  • What is the relationship between the kind of holism adopted in ecosystem ecology and Clements’s organicism?
  • How do ecological metaphors such as that of the economy of nature or the balance of nature relate to organismic and holistic ecological views?
  • What is the relationship between ecological and philosophical organicism?

Confirmed speakers | Conférencier.e.s Confirmé.e.s

  • Julien Delord (Toulouse)
  • Antoine C. Dussault (Montréal)
  • Philippe Huneman (Paris)
  • Kurt Jax (Leipzig)
  • Thomas Potthast (Tübingen)
  • Annette Voigt (Kassel, Klagenfurt)