An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the by Bruno Latour

By Bruno Latour

In this new publication, Bruno Latour bargains solutions to questions raised in We Have by no means Been sleek, a paintings that interrogated the connections among nature and tradition. If now not sleek, he requested, what have we been, and what values should still we inherit? over the last twenty-five years, Latour has constructed a learn protocol diverse from the actor-network conception with which his identify is now associated--a study protocol that follows the different sorts of connectors that supply particular fact stipulations. those are the connectors that steered a weather scientist challenged via a captain of to attract the institution of technological know-how, with its military of researchers and mountains of knowledge, instead of to "capital-S technological know-how" as the next authority. Such modes of extension--or modes of lifestyles, Latour argues here--account for the various ameliorations among legislation, technological know-how, politics, and different domain names of knowledge.

Though medical wisdom corresponds to just one of many many attainable modes of lifestyles Latour describes, an unrealistic imaginative and prescient of technology has turn into the arbiter of fact and fact, seducing us into judging all values via a unmarried average. Latour implores us to get better different modes of lifestyles to be able to do justice to the plurality of fact stipulations that Moderns have came across all through their background. This systematic attempt of creating a brand new philosophical anthropology provides a very various view of what Moderns were, and offers a brand new foundation for commencing diplomatic encounters with different societies at a time while all societies are dealing with ecological crisis.

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Time to start over. ← by proposing a different Is there another system of coordinates that can system of coordinates. replace the one we have lost, now that the modernist parenthesis is closing? This is the enterprise that I have been doggedly pursuing, alongside other endeavors, for a quarter of a century, and that I would like to share and extend through this book and its accompanying digital apparatus. I believe that it is actually possible to complement the starkly negative title We Have Never Been Modern with 10 Trusting Institutions Again?

As we shall see, the anthropology of the Moderns is in no way easier than that of the “others”—who, moreover, having ceased to be “the others,” have thereby probably become easier to analyze than the Moderns, who remain as opaque as ever! I am going to proceed as if the Moderns had discovered during their history—most often as borrowings from other civilizations, moreover— a number of values that they hold dear and that constitute, as it were, their very self-definition, even though they have never had an entirely firm grasp on these values.

Thus any situation can be defined through a grasp of the [net] type plus a particular relation between continuities The inquiry defines a first mode of and discontinuities. existence, the network [net], through a particular “pass,” or passage. Thanks to a third type of “pass,” the religious type, the investigator sees why values But networks [net] have a limitation: they do not qualify values. are difficult to detect � because of their quite particular ties to institutions, � and this will oblige her to take into account a Law offers a point of comparison through history of values and their interferences.

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