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Latour, Bruno

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Works: 453 works in 1,437 publications in 5 languages and 25,932 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Redactor, Collector, Director, Contributor, Interviewee, Thesis advisor, Collaborator, Opponent, wpr, 956, Other, Honoree, wst, Interviewer, Conceptor
Classifications: Q175.5, 303.483
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Science in action : how to follow scientists and engineers through society by Bruno Latour( Book )

42 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Italian and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science and technology have immense authority and influence in our society, yet their working remains little understood. The conventional perception of science in Western societies has been modified in recent years by the work of philosophers, sociologists and historians of science. In this book Bruno Latour brings together these different approaches to provide a lively and challenging analysis of science, demonstrating how social context and technical content are both essential to a proper understanding of scientific activity. Emphasizing that science can only be understood through its practice, the author examines science and technology in action: the role of scientific literature, the activities of laboratories, the institutional context of science in the modern world, and the means by which inventions and discoveries become accepted. From the study of scientific practice he develops an analysis of science as the building of networks. Throughout, Bruno Latour shows how a lively and realistic picture of science in action alters our conception of not only the natural sciences but also the social sciences and the sociology of knowledge in general. This stimulating book, drawing on a wealth of examples from a wide range of scientific activities, will interest all philosophers, sociologists and historians of science, scientists and engineers, and students of the philosophy of social science and the sociology of knowledge". Harvard University Press
We have never been modern by Bruno Latour( Book )

31 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the rise of science, moderns believe, the world changed irrevocably separating us forever from our primitive, premodern ancestors. But if we were to let go of this conviction, Bruno Latour asks, what would the world look like? His book, an anthropology of science, shows us how much of modernity is actually a matter of faith. What does it mean to be modern? What difference does the scientific method make? The difference, Latour explains, is in our careful distinctions between nature and society, between human and thing, distinctions that our ancestors, in their world of alchemy, astrology, and phrenology, never made. But alongside this purifying practice that defines modernity, there exists another seemingly contrary one: the construction of systems that mix politics, science, technology, and nature. The ozone debate is such a hybrid, in Latour's analysis, as are global warming, deforestation, even the idea of black holes. As these hybrids proliferate, the prospect of keeping nature and culture in their separate mental chambers becomes overwhelming--and rather than try, Latoru suggests, we should rethink our distinctions, rethink the definition and constitution of modernity iteself. His book offers a new explanation of science that finally recognizes the connections between nature and culture--and so, between our culture and others, past and present
Reassembling the social : an introduction to actor-network-theory by Bruno Latour( Book )

33 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reassembling the Social is a fundamental challenge from one of the world's leading social theorists to how we understand society and the 'social'. Bruno Latour's contention is that the word 'social' as used by Social Scientists has become laden with assumptions to the point where it has become a misnomer. When the adjective is applied to a phenomenon, it is used to indicate a stabilized state of affairs, a bundle of ties that in due course may be used to account for another phenomenon. Latour also finds the word used as if it described a type of material, in a comparable way to an adjective such as 'wooden' or 'steely'. Rather than simply indicating what is already assembled together, it is now used in a way that makes assumptions about the nature of what is assembled. It has become a word that designates two distinct things: a process of assembling: and a type of material, distinct from others. Latour shows why 'the social' cannot be thought of as a kind of material or domain, and disputes attempts to provide a 'social explanation' of other states of affairs. While these attempts have been productive (and probably necessary) in the past, the very success of the social sciences mean that they are largely no longer so. At the present stage it is no longer possible to inspect the precise constituents entering the social domain. Latour returns to the original meaning of 'the social' to redefine the notion and allow it to trace connections again. It will then be possible to resume the traditional goal of the social sciences, but using more refined tools. Drawing on his extensive work examining the 'assemblages' of nature, Latour finds it necessary to scrutinize thoroughly the exact content of what is assembled under the umbrella of Society. This approach, a 'sociology of associations' has become known as Actor-Network-Theory, and this book is an essential introduction both for those seeking to understand Actor-Network-Theory, or the ideas of one of its most influential proponents
The pasteurization of France by Bruno Latour( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and Spanish and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What can one man accomplish, even a great man and brilliant scientist? Although every town in France has a street named for Pasteur, was he alone able to stop people from spitting, persuade them to dig drains, influence them to undergo vaccination? Pasteur's success depended upon a whole network of forces, including the public hygiene movement, the medical profession (both military physicians and private practitioners), and colonial interests. It is the operation of these forces, in combination with the talent of Pasteur, that Bruno Latour sets before us as a prime example of science in action. Latour argues that the triumph of the biologist and his methodology must be understood within the particular historical convergence of competing social forces and conflicting interests. Yet Pasteur was not the only scientist working on the relationships of microbes and disease. How was he able to galvanize the other forces to support his own research? Latour shows Pasteur's efforts to win over the French public - the farmers, industrialists, politicians, and much of the scientific establishment. Instead of reducing science to a given social environment, Latour tries to show the simultaneous building of a society and its scientific facts. The first section of the book, which retells the story of Pasteur, is a vivid description of an approach to science whose theoretical implications go far beyond a particular case study. In the second part of the book, "Irreductions," Latour sets out his notion of the dynamics of conflict and interaction, of the "relation of forces." Latour's method of analysis cuts across and through the boundaries of the established disciplines of sociology, history, and the philosophy of science, to reveal how it is possible not to make the distinction between reason and force. Instead of leading to sociological reductionism, this method leads to an unexpected irreductionism
Pandora's hope : essays on the reality of science studies by Bruno Latour( Book )

13 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bruno Latour was once asked : "Do you believe in reality?" This text is an attempt to answer this question. Through case studies of scientists in the Amazon analyzing soil and in Pasteur's lab studying lactic acidḩe shows the steps by which physical events become scientific knowlege
Iconoclash by Bruno Latour( Book )

21 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exhibit aims to display, in a systematic confrontation, three great clashes about representation - about its necessity, sanctity, and power - in the domains of science, art, and religion. Image wars are everywhere, from the Taliban destruction of the Buddhas to the doubts about scientific imagery, through the debunking of media powerful manipulations. The book includes major works by Art & Language, Willi Baumeister, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Lucas Cranach, Max Dean, Marcel Duchamp, Albrecht Dürer, Lucio Fontana, Francisco Goya, Hans Haacke, Richard Hamilton, Young Hay, Arata Isozaki, Asger Jorn, Martin Kippenberger, Imi Knoebel, Komar & Melamid, Joseph Kosuth, Gordon Matta-Clark, Tracey Moffatt, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Prina, Man Ray, Sophie Ristelhueber & Hiroshi Sugimoto
Laboratory life : the construction of scientific facts by Bruno Latour( Book )

40 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This highly original work presents laboratory science in a deliberately skeptical way: as an anthropological approach to the culture of the scientist. Drawing on recent work in literary criticism, the authors study how the social world of the laboratory produces papers and other "texts, "and how the scientific vision of reality becomes that set of statements considered, for the time being, too expensive to change. The book is based on field work done by Bruno Latour in Roger Guillemin's laboratory at the Salk Institute and provides an important link between the sociology of modern sciences and laboratory studies in the history of science
Politics of nature : how to bring the sciences into democracy by Bruno Latour( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A major work by one of the more innovative thinkers of our time, 'Politics of Nature' does nothing less than establish the conceptual context for political ecology - transplanting the terms of ecology into more fertile philosophical soil than its proponents have thus far envisioned
Laboratory life : the social construction of scientific facts by Bruno Latour( Book )

14 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aramis, or, The love of technology by Bruno Latour( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guided-transportation system intended for Paris, Aramis represented a major advance in personal rapid transit: it combined the efficiency of a subway with the flexibility of an automobile. But in the end, its electronic couplings proved too complex and expensive, the political will failed, and the project died in 1987. The story of Aramis is told by several different parties, none of which take precedence over any other: a young engineer and his professor, who act as detective to ferret out the reasons for the project's failure; company executives and elected officials; a sociologist; and finally Aramis itself, who delivers a passionate plea: technological innovation has needs and desires, especially a desire to be born, but cannot live without the sustained commitment of those who have created it
Making things public : atmospheres of democracy( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Back to things!"--This is the new motto of what Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel call an "object-oriented democracy." For the more than 100 writers, artists, and philosophers assembled in this groundbreaking editorial and curatorial project, politics is not just a profession, sphere, or system, but a concern for things. Yet though the very word "republic" (res publica) is already full of "things"--things made public - it is these same things that are always forgotten. Through more than 900 illustrations and over 100 essays, this collection scarches for democracy beyond the official sphere of professional politics, and explores public assemblies too often left out of a narrowly-defined discourse: laboratories, assembly lines, supermarkets, trade rooms, courts of law, bureaucratic institutions, churches, and natural resources such as rivers and climates." "This collection itself presents a significant public assembly, joining such prominent thinkers as Richard Rorty, Simon Schaffer, Peter Galison, and Peter Sloterdijk with the likes of Shakespeare, Swift, La Fontaine, and Melville. Ranging from the distant past to the troubled present, this collective effort examines the atmospheric conditions in which things are made public, and reinvests political representation with the materiality it has been lacking. This book, and the ZKM show that it accompanies, aims to trigger new political passions and interests in a time when people need, more than ever, new ways to have their voices heard."--Jacket
An inquiry into modes of existence : an anthropology of the moderns by Bruno Latour( Book )

13 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this new book, Bruno Latour offers answers to questions raised in We Have Never Been Modern, a work that interrogated the connections between nature and culture. If not modern, he asked, what have we been, and what values should we inherit? Over the past twenty-five years, 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. Though scientific knowledge corresponds to only one of the many possible modes of existence Latour describes, an unrealistic vision of science has become the arbiter of reality and truth, seducing us into judging all values by a single standard. Latour implores us to recover other modes of existence in order to do justice to the plurality of truth conditions that Moderns have discovered throughout their history. This sytematic effort of building a new philosophical anthropology presents a completely different view of what Moderns have been, and provides a new basis for opening diplomatic encounters with other societies at a time when all societies are coping with ecological crisis. -- from book jacket
Conversations on science, culture, and time by Michel Serres( Book )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although elected to the prestigious French Academy in 1990, Michel Serres has long been considered a maverick -- a provocative thinker whose prolific writings on culture, science, and philosophy have often baffled more than they have enlightened. In these live lively interviews with sociologist Bruno Latour, this increasingly important cultural figure sheds light on the ideas that inspire his highly original, challenging, and trans-disciplinary essays
La science en action : introduction à la sociologie des sciences by Bruno Latour( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in French and Undetermined and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comment comprendre les rapports entre la production technique et scientifique et l'évolution des sociétés ou des cultures? A partir d'anecdotes et d'exemples, l'auteur analyse le travail des chercheurs, ingénieurs, dans leur quotidien, remontant aux lieux et aux temps originels de la production des savoirs et des grandes découvertes scientifiques
La vie de laboratoire : la production des faits scientifiques by Bruno Latour( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in French and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comment travaillent les scientifiques? Stimulant et novateur, ce livre s'adresse, à la fois, aux chercheurs scientifiques et à ceux qui souhaitent mieux comprendre la place de la science dans nos sociétés
Nous n'avons jamais été modernes : essai d'anthropologie symétrique by Bruno Latour( Book )

38 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in French and English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pollution des rivières, embryons congelés, virus du sida, trou d'ozone, robots à capteurs ... Comment comprendre ces "objets" étranges qui envahissent notre monde? Relèvent-ils de la nature ou de la culture? Jusqu'ici, les choses étaient simples: aux scientifiques la gestion de la nature, aux politiques celle de la société. Mais ce traditionnel partage des tâches est impuissant à rendre compte de la prolifération des "hybrides". D'où le sentiment d'effroi qu'ils procurent, et que ne parviennent pas à apaiser les philosophes contemporains. Et si nous avions fait fausse route? En fait, notre société "moderne" n'a jamais fonctionné conformément au grand partage qui fonde son système de représentation du monde: celui qui oppose radicalement la nature d'un côté, la culture de l'autre
On the modern cult of the factish gods by Bruno Latour( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods continues the project that the influential anthropologist, philosopher, and science studies theorist Bruno Latour advanced in his book We Have Never Been Modern. There he redescribed the Enlightenment idea of universal scientific truth, arguing that there are no facts separable from their fabrication. In this concise work, Latour delves into the "belief in naive belief," the suggestion that fetishes--objects invested with mythical powers--are fabricated and that facts are not. Mobilizing his work in the anthropology of science, he uses the notion of "factishes" to explore a way of respecting the objectivity of facts and the power of fetishes without forgetting that both are fabricated. While the fetish-worshipper knows perfectly well that fetishes are man-made, the Modern icon-breaker inevitably erects new icons. Yet Moderns sense no contradiction at the core of their work. Latour pursues his critique of critique, or the possibility of mediating between subject and object, or the fabricated and the real, through the notion of "iconoclash," making productive comparisons between scientific practice and the worship of visual images and religious icons.--Back cover
Eclaircissements : cinq entretiens avec Bruno Latour by Michel Serres( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in French and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"L'œuvre de Michel Serres passe parfois pour difficile, ardue, en dépit de sa séduction. Elle est incomprise et critiquée même en raison de sa séduction. D'où ces Eclaircissements; leur but : chercher la compréhension et la limpidité. Quoique proche, Bruno Latour a su ne pas être un interrogateur complaisant. Il pose de vraies questions et ne se satisfait pas des fausses réponses ; il persévère. Voilà donc deux paroles loyales, libres et sans apprêts, un vrai dialogue, entêté à la fois et de bonne volonté. On apprend donc beaucoup sur Michel Serres, sur sa formation intellectuelle (la guerre, les sciences renouvelées), sur ses livres, leurs enjeux, le dessein global d'une œuvre. Comme celle-ci n'est pas ésotérique, mais tournée vers le monde et vers la vie, on apprend beaucoup aussi sur notre monde et notre savoir."--Page 4 of cover
Thinking with Bruno Latour in rhetoric and composition by Paul Lynch( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition shows how Latour's groundbreaking theories on technology, agency, and networks might be taken up, enriched, and extended to challenge scholars in rhetorical studies (both English and Communications), composition, and writing studies to rethink some of the field's most basic assumptions. It is set to become the standard introduction on Latour that will appeal not only to those scholars already interested in Latour, but also those approaching Latour for the first time
The different modes of existence by Etienne Souriau( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Science in action : how to follow scientists and engineers through society
Alternative Names
Bruno Latour Frans filosoof

Bruno Latour französischer Soziologe

Bruno Latour French sociologist and anthropologist

Bruno Latour sociologo, antropologo e filosofo francese

Bruno Latour sociologue, anthropologue et philosophe des sciences français

Bruno Latūrs

Latour (1947- )

Latour, B.

Latour, B. 1947-

Latour, B. (Bruno)

Latour, B. (Bruno), 1947-

Latour, Bruno

Latuer, Bulunuo

Lātūr, Brīnū 1947-

Бруно Латур

Бруно Латур француски социолог и антрополог

Латур, Бруно

Латур, Бруно 1947-

Латур, Бруно французский социолог науки и философ

ברונו לאטור

برونو لاتور

برينو لاتور

라투르, 부루노 1947-

라투르, 부뤼노 1947-

라투르, 브루노 1947-

라투르, 브뤼노 1947-

브뤼노 라투르

ブルーノ・ラトゥール

ラトゥール, ブルーノ

拉图尔, 布鲁诺

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English (379)

French (99)

German (13)

Spanish (6)

Italian (1)

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We have never been modernReassembling the social : an introduction to actor-network-theoryThe pasteurization of FrancePandora's hope : essays on the reality of science studiesIconoclashLaboratory life : the construction of scientific factsPolitics of nature : how to bring the sciences into democracyAramis, or, The love of technology