Dominique Lecourt

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Dominique Lecourt
Dominique Lecourt mars 2013 (5).JPG
Lecourt in 2013
Born(1944-02-05)5 February 1944
Died1 May 2022(2022-05-01) (aged 78)
Paris, France
EducationLycée Buffon
Alma materÉcole normale supérieure
Jean Moulin University Lyon 3

Dominique Lecourt (French: [ləkuʁ]; 5 February 1944 – 1 May 2022)[1] was a French philosopher.[2] He is known in the Anglophone world primarily for his work developing a materialist interpretation of the philosophy of science of Gaston Bachelard.[clarification needed]


Lecourt was born in Paris. A former student at the École normale supérieure (1965), an agrégé in philosophy (1969), and a Docteur d'État ès lettres (1980), he was professor at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 and, until 2011, was director of the Centre Georges Canguilhem (Paris 7).

Co-founder in 1984 of the International College of Philosophy, Rector of the National Center for Distance Education (1985–88), member of the Human Rights Commission of UNESCO (1977–90), member of the CNRS Ethics Commission for Life Sciences (1993–98), Chairman of the Ethics Commission of the French Research Development Institute (2002–2009).

Director General of the Institut Diderot and head of the surveillance council of Presses Universitaires de France (PUF),[2] Dominique Lecourt has been decorated with the medals of Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, Knight of the National Order of Merit, and has been awarded the Gegner Prize (2000) and Louis Marin Prize (2010) by the Academy of Political and Moral Sciences.

In addition to numerous publications in philosophy, philosophy of sciences, cloning, ethics, bioethics, and politics, Dominique Lecourt has published more than thirty books.

Works in French

Selected translations

  • Marxism and epistemology: Bachelard, Canguilhem and Foucault (New Left Books, 1975).
  • Proletarian Science? The Case of Lysenko (1977). Translation by Ben Brewster, 2nd edition, Schocken Books, 1978. Digital edition, 2003 : [2]
  • The Mediocracy: French Philosophy Since the Mid-1970s (Verso, 2001, 2nd edition, 2002).


  1. ^ "Le philosophe Dominique Lecourt est mort". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b Feertchak, Alexis (10 February 2017). "Dominique Lecourt : "La transparence mène à une tyrannie souriante"". Figaro Vox. Retrieved 1 February 2020.

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