Lorraine Daston

History and Social Thought

Lorraine Daston is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and Visiting Professor in the Department of History and the Committee on Social Thought. She has published with Katharine Park Wonders and the Order of Nature (New York: Zone Books, 1998), and Objectivity (New York: Zone Books, 2007) with Peter Galison. In spring 1999 she gave the Sir Isaiah Berlin Lectures at Oxford University on “The History of Objectivity.”

Publications include:

  • Objectivity, Peter Galison (Zone Press, 2007).
  • “The Moral Economy of Science”, Osiris 10 (1995): 3-24.
  • “L’esperienza scientifica e le sue possibile storie,” Quaderni Storici 96(1997): 831-838.
  • “The Cold Light of Facts and the Facts of Cold Light,” in David Rubin, ed., Signs of Early Modern France (Charlottesville: Rockville Press, 1997), pp. 17-44.
  • “Fear and Loathing of the Imagination in Science,” Daedalus 127(1998): 73-95.
  • “Nature by Design,” in Caroline A Jones and Peter Galison, eds., Picturing Science, Producing Art (New York/London: Routledge, 1998), pp. 232-253.
  • “The Nature of Nature in Early Modern Europe,” Configurations 6(1998): 149-172.
  • “Probability and Evidence,” in Daniel Garber and Michael Ayers, eds. Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, 2 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), vol. 2, pp. 1108-1144.
  • Wonders and the Order of Nature (New York: Zone Books, 1998).
  • The Moral Authority of Nature, edited with Fernando Vidal (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003).