Sciences, Philosophies, and the Question of Borders


  • Identities Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje
  • Anne-Françoise Schmid
  • Jeremy R. Smith



borders, philosophies, sciences, epistemology, ethics, modelization, pragmatics, philo-fiction


This essay contributes in part to the discussion of the concept of the border [frontière] and its relations between philosophies and sciences present within the work Épistémologie des frontières. It suggests that borders function as both a separation and a union between the domains of philosophies and sciences in their multiplicity. Borders are determinant in the times of interdisciplinarity, and such investigations are necessary because the accustomed links between philosophies and sciences can no longer be assumed. This essay proposes some hypotheses concerning methodology and the relation to the real to exercise a modelization as the articulation of multiple points of view. Modelization allows for the invention of democratic pragmatics of philosophy/philosophies towards a global re-evaluation of the relations that disciplines, such as the sciences and ethics, share with philosophy


Author(s): Anne-Françoise Schmid

Translator: Jeremy R. Smith

Title (English): Sciences, Philosophies, and the Question of Borders

Journal Reference: Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 18, No. 1-2 (2021).

Publisher: Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje

Page Range: 66-73

Page Count: 8

Citation (English):  Anne-Françoise Schmid, “Sciences, Philosophies, and the Question of Borders,” trans. Jeremy R. Smith, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 18, No. 1-2 (2021): 66-73.

Author Biography

Anne-Françoise Schmid, Mines ParisTech

Philosopher and epistemologist, Anne-Françoise Schmid works on the multiple interactions between sciences and arts, between epistemology and the multiplicity of philosophies. These dynamic relationships can only be understood and systematized by a science of terms and relationships, a modality of Design. AFS sees in philosophical invention, rather than a result of criticism, the effect of a conception of and in philosophy, which occurs when philosophy touches another discipline. The Design, rather than a method external to the philosophy, allows it to manifest its construction in its links to the other knowledge, doctored or indoctrinated. Philosopher among scientists (EPFL, INSA, INRA, MinesParisTech), more recently philosopher among artists (vimeo film Letre, Philosophical Scripts for a festival of lost films (Gwangju), collaborations with Robin Mackay, Benoît Maire, Alice Lucy Rekab, Gallien Déjean, Ivan Liovik Ebel). A specialist in Poincaré and editor of Russell and Couturat, she has taught philosophy and epistemology at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre, and mathematical logic at the University of Geneva. She has been teaching at the New Center of Research and Practice since 2016. Her problem is the question of how to avoid exclusions, exclusions of emerging scientific methods in science in view of what she saw in laboratories and research centers, exclusion of philosophies in the name of the supremacy of one of them. To this end, she has manifested the hypotheses of classical epistemology and has made extensions of them to take into account the generalized interdisciplinarity of contemporary sciences (in collaboration with Jean-Marie Legay, biologist, Muriel Mambrini-Doudet, biologist, Armand Hatchuel, management sciences, Nicole Mathieu, geographer, Maryse Dennes, Russian philosophy).  At the same time, she works on a philosophical style not in but with philosophies considering their multiplicity (Philo-fiction, La revue des non-philosophes).




How to Cite

Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, I., Schmid, A.-F. ., & R. Smith, J. . (2021). Sciences, Philosophies, and the Question of Borders. Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 18(1-2), 66-73.

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