Category Archives: Latour

Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics

Prince of Networks is the first treatment of Bruno Latour specifically as a philosopher. Part One covers four key works that display Latour’s underrated contributions to metaphysics: Irreductions, Science in Action, We Have Never Been Modern, and Pandora’s Hope. Harman … Continue reading

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The Whole is always Smaller than its Parts

Bruno Latour . In this paper we argue that the new availability of digital data sets allows one to revisit Gabriel Tarde‘s (1843–1904) social theory that entirely dispensed with using notions such as individual or society. Our argument is that … Continue reading

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On recalling Actor-network Theory

Bruno Latour . The paper explores one after the other the four difficulties of actor-network theory, that is the words ‘actor’, ‘network’ and ‘theory’—without forgetting the hyphen. It tries to refocus the originality of what is more a method to … Continue reading

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The Powers of Association

Bruno Latour. This article starts with a paradox: when an actor simply has power nothing happens and s/he is powerless; when, on the other hand, an actor exerts power it is others who perform the action. It appears that power … Continue reading

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We Have Never Been Modern – Bruno Latour

With the rise of science, we moderns believe, the world changed irrevocably, separating us forever from our primitive, premodern ancestors. But if we were to let go of this fond conviction, Bruno Latour asks, what would the world look like? … Continue reading

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