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Bruno Latour and the object-oriented rhetoric

In his article ‘Where Are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundane Artifacts’, Bruno Latour essentially adopts an object-oriented rhetoric where ”he argues that even technologies that are so commonplace that we don’t even think about them can shape the decisions we make, the effects our actions have, and the way we move through the world.” (Latour, 151) From the very beginning of his almost insane seatbelt rant, Latour was able to grab my attention and keep it until end – which is very surprising considering how easily distracted I usually am. 374 more words

Diary

Dica de leitura: Bruno Latour fala sobre natureza e política.

A modernidade é uma falácia, uma ficção inventada para organizar a  vida intelectual. Os chamados “modernos” pregam a separação de ciência, política, natureza e cultura, numa teoria distante da realidade do mundo e inadaptada aos desafios impostos neste início de século, acusa o pensador francês Bruno Latour, de 66 anos. 2,000 more words

Dicas De Leitura

Big History and Cosmopolitics

I’ll be speaking with some of the usual suspects at the International Big History Association Conference this August at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. Our Panel description and abstracts can be found below. 1,077 more words

Philosophy

Mutatis mutandis

Last week, the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy Will Baude, professor at University of Chicago Law School wrote about “Zombie Federalism”. Today Prof. Baude follows up on his zombie lawyering in WaPo-Volokh: “ 339 more words

Politics

James Watt's shed: Anthropocene wormholes in the Firth of Forth

As ruins go, this one isn’t up to much.

The visitor can find it a short distance off the A993, a main road running along the southern coast of Scotland’s Firth of Forth. 1,166 more words

Anthropocene

Edwin Sayes "Actor-Network Theory and Methodology"

Sayes, Edwin 2014. Actor-Network Theory and Methodology: Just what Does it Mean to Say that Nonhumans Have Agency? Social Studies of Science 44(1): 134-149.

In the first instance, the term ‘nonhuman’ is intended to signal dissatisfaction with the philosophical tradition in which an object is automatically placed opposite a subject, and the two are treated as radically different. 1,010 more words

Sotsiaal

Dadaist Prophet Feyerabend

I have been living from one day to the next – making the recurrent switch from research time (meaning reading and thinking, for a philosopher) to teaching time. 868 more words