Marlon Salomon, Obituary, François Delaporte (1941 – 2019)

An obituary for François Delaporte from last year.

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Marlon Salomon, Obituary, François Delaporte (1941 – 2019)
Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science (6) 2019: 115-123

DOI: 10.24117/2526-2270.2019.i6.11

On the 28th of May, the French philosopher and historian of sciences, François Delaporte died in Amiens at the age of 78. He was an emeritus professor at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV). His death is an irreparable loss to the philosophy and historiography of the sciences.

From 1966, Delaporte began to regularly attend Canguilhem’s courses, and soon after in May of 1968, he began his master’s studies under his professor’s guidance. Two years later, he presented his master’s dissertation, on issues surrounding the notion of vegetality in the eighteenth century.

Delaporte then started to work on a doctoral thesis (troisième cycle). Georges Canguilhem, however, could no longer advise him, since he would retire in 1971, so Canguilhem asked Michel Foucault, who used to attend the…

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