Edgar Morin, a global thinker


2007, France
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eminent scientists
Directed by
Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis
Written by
Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis
Produced by
Cinétévé, France 5, CNRS Images
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"I'am a researcher and when I say I don't want to be called a sociologist it's because I can't see clearly where are the borders between sociology, psychology, economy, history..."

Those first words of Edgar Morin fully define his work: "to create links" between knowledges. Unclassificable researcher, Edgar Morin is one of the most renowed of contemporary philosopher and he is internationally recognized. From Peru to Ménilmontant, from TV show Ce soir ou jamais to the ecological pact, from high school in Clichy-Sous-Bois to the Marguerite Duras's apartment, Edgar Morin brings back intense moments of his life, which nourrished the construction of his way of thinking.

At the age of 9, his mother's death brings him doubt that will never leave him. As a teenager, his discovery of marxism will inspire all his works. His entrance in the "résistance", and his involment in communism were for him the discovery of fraternity, friendship and of the begining of a "resistance against human barbarism". In the sixties, he re-inventes sociology, makes a movie with Jean Rouch, becomes interested in youth of may 68. His exitential discovery of America in 70's marks an important turn which will generate Method and the theory of complexity, the work of his life, a titanic undertaking to understand mankind and rethink the world.

Today, aged more than 86 years, Edgar Morin hasn't lost his enthusiasm and involvement. Tireless researcher, he continues to travel all over the world to analyse phenomenons and to rally himself in multiple causes, against violence, humiliation of oppressed people, or to protect the planet.