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The World-Historical Institution of [REL], part 1 of 2

The presentation of ‘religion as a mode of existence’ that I’ve offered in various posts above remains close to the technical nomenclature of Latour’s own system. 984 more words

Bruno Latour

The Characteristics of [REL], 3 of 3

The third characteristic of is hesitation. Hesitation is the reflex of reprise. It resists transcendent closure (‘religion is this or that experience’) and continually refers back to the performance of entities in the common world for its definition (‘this or that experience… 892 more words

Bruno Latour

The Characteristics of [REL], 2 of 3

The second consequence of , which evidently follows from the first, is that it will display strong inclusivist tendencies. That is to say, if it functions via reprise, will be alert to the arrival of new and unexpected entities by which that reprise might be furthered. 736 more words

Bruno Latour

The Characteristics of [REL], 1 of 3

Having shifted up to the mode of existence itself, a general description of can now be provided. Three characteristics in particular can be noted.

First, religion experienced as will take the form of progressive composition. 169 more words

Bruno Latour

Specifying Religion as a Mode of Existence

Continuing the general bent of this blog, which is towards a clarification of Bruno Latour’s concept of religion as a mode of existence .

Having identified the empirical site that ‘gives’ it ( 469 more words

Bruno Latour

Colloquium in Montréal

Here’s my proposed abstract for (what promises to be) a very interesting colloquium in Montréal to take place in May this year:

Jusqu’à présent, nombre de critiques ont fait preuve d’une certaine réserve au sujet de la fonction du mode d’existence de la religion—ainsi désigné par l’abréviation —et que l’on a souvent considéré subordonné à une décision herméneutique préalable de la part de Latour.

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Bruno Latour

Latour on Durkheim: Part 5 of 5

Latour’s core criticism of Durkheim’s sociology of religion has been as follows: ‘gods’ are springing up everywhere. And they are springing up beyond the purview of Durkheim’s own sociological method. 494 more words

Bruno Latour