Ada S. Jaarsma is professor of philosophy at Mount Royal University, where she teaches continental philosophy, existentialism, and philosophy of science. She recently co-edited Dissonant Methods: Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom (University of Alberta Press, 2020). Her work draws extensively on Isabelle Stengers, including her monograph Kierkegaard After the Genome: Science, Existence and Belief in This World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and a recent interview with Costas Boundas and Daniel W. Smith that explores the complex intersections of Deleuze’s philosophy and theology. Her recent publications on placebos emphasize their import for disability studies and for critical race theory; this work also draws extensively on Stengers’ philosophy. If you enjoyed her Freud portrait, see her tumblr gallery for more philosophy-portraits.
Isabelle Stengers, continental philosopher of science, offers pragmatic resources for animating thinking with interest and passion, affirming heresy over conformity and undercutting the all-too-common binaries of religion/science and science/fiction.