Edgar Morin (born Edgar Nahoum on 8 July 1921) is a French philosopher and sociologist who has been internationally recognized for his work on complexity and "complex thought" (pensée complexe), and for his scholarly contributions to such diverse fields as media studies, politics, sociology, visual anthropology, ecology, education, and systems biology. He holds degrees in history, economics, and law.
Edgar Morin is of Judeo-Spanish (Sefardi) origin. As a member of the French Resistance he adopted the pseudonym Morin, which he would use for the rest of his life. In 1960, Morin travelled extensively in Latin America, visiting Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico. He returned to France, where he published L'Esprit du Temps, a work on popular culture. Morin is known as a founder of transdisciplinarity and holds honorary doctorates in a variety of social science fields from 21 universities. Some of his most acclaimed works are L'Esprit du temps. Essai sur la culture de masse (1962), La Méthode (6 volumes, 1977 - 2004), L’Intelligence de la complexité (1999), Penser global. L'humain et son univers (2015), Sur l'esthétique (2016), La Connaissance, le mystère, le savoir (2017).
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