Skip to content
Licensed Unlicensed Requires Authentication Published by De Gruyter (A) December 10, 2019

Leuchtende Unordnung, aufscheinende Ordnungen

  • Petra Gehring EMAIL logo


This essay attempts to characterize the “strict” methodology of Michel Serres (1930–2019), a structuralist philosopher of knowledge, science and culture. On the one hand his works seem to be playful, even literary. On the other hand – and above all, so the author’s thesis – in its consequence they are quite uncompromising: Serres follows a structuralist, if not mathematical, paradigm. Methodically important leitmotifs of Serres’ thinking – for the epistemic context, these are, e. g. the detour, the wandering, the journey, the creation of connections – appear as micrological scenes or (recurring) narrations. They offer small phenomenologies and at the same time explore and expose structures: the interplay between disorder(s) and order(s). In recent years, Serres has become known for his writings on Internet and digitization. But there is also something like Serres’ legal, social, and ecological philosophy – which is well worth looking into.


Serres, M. (2009), Le contrat naturel [1990], Paris.Search in Google Scholar

Serres, M. (1994), Der Naturvertrag, Frankfurt am Main.Search in Google Scholar

Published Online: 2019-12-10
Published in Print: 2019-12-02

© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston

Downloaded on 2.12.2023 from
Scroll to top button