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Edgar Morin

Edgar Morin

Emeritus Professor, sociologist, Doctor Honoris causa of several universities around the world

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background:

Knowledge theorist, philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist, Edgar Morin studied history, sociology, economy, law and philosophy. Since 1946, he wrote several books, essays and philosophical works.

He is a researcher since 1950 and in 1970, he became research supervisor for the CNRS. He participated in the creation of an International Center for Anthropology, which became the Royaumont Center for a Science of Man.

In 1973, he founded the review Communications and directed it for a long time. Between 1977 and 2006, he wrote his major work in six volumes, The Method.

Since 2002, he is a founding member of the Collegium International, gathering together scientists, intellectuals, former Heads of States or members of Governments from the 5 continents, in order to address collectively the major challenges of our times.

He created in 2008 the International Institute for Research on Civilization Policy.

ACHIEVEMENT / What is the project, initiative, startup, company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum about?

Edgar Morin developed a way of thinking that he defines as “co-constructivist” which is designed to address the challenge of complexity that is now imposed not only on scientific knowledge but also on political, social and human issues. He is the President of the Association for the Complex Thought.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

His work and multiple books have a great influence on contemporary reflection in Europe but also on the Mediterranean world, Latin America, China, Korea and Japan.

QUOTE / A saying, quote or maxim that tells something about you:

“What doesn’t regenerate degenerates”

“By always sacrificing the essential on the altar of the urgent, we forget the urgency of the essential”