Samuel Ducourant

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Dez 2021-Nov 2022)

Samuel Ducourant is a DAAD-funded predoctoral fellow in the Practices of Validation in the Biomedical Sciences Research Group at the MPIWG, led by Lara Keuck. Samuel is currently carrying out his PhD in cooperation with École Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS, France), and his work focuses on the History and Philosophy of Animal Welfare Sciences in twentieth-century Western Europe. He studies the relationships between scientific discipline construction and political debates around the use of farm animals. In the Max Planck Research Group, Samuel’s current research project deals with concept transfers between biomedical sciences, that is, how disciplines share, exchange, and negotiate concepts—and their validity—in order to build and solidify their identities.

Samuel received an MA in History of Philosophy at ENS and Paris Sorbonne University, and an MA in History and Philosophy of Science at ENS and Paris Diderot University. In 2017-18, he was a visiting fellow at Université de Montréal and started a French translation of Georg Ernst Stahl’s Theoria Medica Vera (1708). During his first three PhD years (2018-21), Samuel taught general philosophy, history, and philosophy of sciences, and supervised research projects at Université Paris Sciences et Lettres.


Validating the Animal Welfare Sciences in 20th Century Western Europe: A Scientific or a Political Practice?


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Selected Publications

Ducourant, Samuel (2021). “Science or Ignorance of Animal Welfare? A Case Study: Scientific Reports Published in Preparation for the First European Directive on Animal Welfare (1979-1980).” Science, Technology, & Human Values, August. https:/…

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Ducourant, Samuel (2020). “Adaptation à l’environnement et réduction au silence. Analyse d’un débat scientifique sur les cages de batterie (1979-1981) au prisme des subaltern studies.” Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea 44 (4): 25–43. https:/…

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