Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

Author(s): Bruno Latour; Catherine Porter

Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs

Over the past twenty-five years, Bruno Latour has developed a research protocol different from the actor-network theory with which his name is now associated--a research protocol that follows the different types of connectors that provide specific truth conditions. These are the connectors that prompt a climate scientist challenged by a captain of industry to appeal to the institution of science, with its army of researchers and mountains of data, rather than to "capital-S Science" as a higher authority. Such modes of extension--or modes of existence, Latour argues here--account for the many differences between law, science, politics, and other domains of knowledge.

"Magnificent... An Inquiry into Modes of Existence shows that Latour] has lost none of his astonishing fertility as a thinker, or his skill and wit as a writer... Latour's main message--that rationality is 'woven from more than one thread'--is intended not just for the academic seminar, but for the public square--and the public square today is global as never before.
--Jonathan R e, Times Literary Supplement

"Latour's work makes the world--sorry, worlds--interesting again."
--Stephen Muecke, Los Angeles Review of Books

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780674984028
  • : Harvard University Press
  • : Harvard University Press
  • : 0.77
  • : June 2018
  • : 3.529 Centimeters X 15.8 Centimeters X 23.9 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bruno Latour; Catherine Porter
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 128
  • : 520
  • : HP