1st Edition

Figures of Chance II Chance in Theory and Practice

Edited By Anne Duprat, Alison James Copyright 2024
    404 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Figures of Chance II: Chance in Theory and Practice proposes a multidisciplinary analysis of cultural phenomena related to notions of chance and contingency. Alongside its transhistorical companion volume (Figures of Chance I), it considers how the projective and predictive capacity of societies is shaped by representations and cultural models of a  reality that is understood, by varying degrees,  to be contingent, unpredictable, or chaotic. This volume reevaluates the role played by figurative representations of chance in contemporary discourses about chance and contingency. Written by seven interdisciplinary teams, and encompassing philosophy, literature, history of science, sociology, mathematics, cognitive science, information science, and art history, this text puts scientific conceptions of chance into dialogue with their contemporary literary and artistic representations. It thus brings out the central role played by art in the human perception of chance, and in our methods for projecting the future, in order to better understand contemporary human attitudes in the face of risk.


    By Anne Duprat, with Alison James


    Chapter 1. Chance, Causality, Temporality

    Edited by Anne Duprat

    With Mark Currie, Elie During, Sophie Vlacos

    With a counterpoint by Philippe Carrard


    Chapter 2. Chance and Complexity in Narrative.

    Edited by John Pier

    With Demian Battaglia, Marina Grishakova, Maria Poulaki and Richard Walsh


    Chapter 3. Chance in Philosophy and Science. Beyond Ontologies and Theologies.

    Edited by Divya Dwivedi

    With Michel Bitbol, Zeynep Direk and Maël Montévil.


    Chapter 4. Doing the Right Thing: Moral Luck and Ethical Challenges in Literature

    Edited by Enrica Zanin

    With Barbara Carnevali, Anthony Mangeon and Matthias Roick

    With a counterpoint by Christian Walter.


    Chapter 5. Creativity and Contingency. Provoking Chance across the Arts.

    Edited by Karin Kukkonen

    With Ros Ballaster, Guillaume Dumas, Henry Keazor, Juliane Vogel and Michael Wheeler


    Chapter 6. Chance in Games

    By Olivier Caïra

    With a counterpoint by Sophie Chevalier


    Chapter 7. Chance and Language

    Edited by Valentina Bisconti

    With Francesco La Mantia and Raffaele Simone


    Anne Duprat is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Picardy Jules Verne and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France. As Principal Investigator on the ALEA project supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR), she edited and coordinated the two volumes of Figures of Chance.

    Alison James is Professor of French Literature and Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. She co-edited the second volume of Figures of Chance and helped prepare the English version of the first volume.