The Humanities and Serres's "New Organization of Knowledge"
According to Serres, both separations between past and present and between sciences and the humanities, characteristic of the current approach to knowledge and reinforced by educational institutions, are a serious source of problems for what he considers an intrinsic part of knowledge and calls "morality". Serres's endeavor to break barriers between and within the disciplines of sciences and the humanities and between past and present, and his efforts to establish links and relations between and among them, are well represented in his works as well as illustrated in his own life experience. Nowadays, Serres sees the problems of responsibility and what he calls "morality" raised by the relations between sciences and violence as dominating everything in life and knowledge. He believes that we should not repeat the move of absolute rupture with the past, leaving it behind, nor between disciplines. Scholars with a "good knowledge of hard sciences and... [of] the humanities, that is [those] who would have both rigor and culture", would be less likely to accept lies carried by ideologies, and to lose sight of the human factor.
Keywords: Knowledge, Humanities, Sciences, Serres, Morality
Prof. Denise Egéa-Kuehne
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction College of Education, Louisiana State University