Visiting Professor of Social Thought and History

Mailing Address

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte  
Boltzmannstr. 22, 
14195 Berlin,
Federal Republic of Germany


Lorraine Daston is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and regular visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought. Her work focuses on the history of rationality, especially but not exclusively scientific rationality. She has written on the history of wonder, objectivity, observation, the moral authority of nature, probability, Cold War rationality, and scientific modernity. Her current book projects are a history of the origins of the scientific community and a reflection on what science has to do with modernity.


Selected Recent Publications

Rules: A Short History of What We Live By (Princeton University Press, 2022). 

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

“The Coup d’Oeil: On a Mode of Understanding,” Critical Inquiry 45(2019): 307-331.

“The History of Science and the History of Knowledge,” KNOW 1(2017): 1-25.

“When Science Went Modern,” Hedgehog Review 18(2016): 18-32.

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