By Bruno Latour

ISBN-10: 0674724992

ISBN-13: 9780674724990

In this new booklet, Bruno Latour bargains solutions to questions raised in We Have by no means Been smooth, a paintings that interrogated the connections among nature and tradition. If now not glossy, 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 idea with which his identify is now associated--a study protocol that follows the differing kinds of connectors that offer particular fact stipulations. those are the connectors that suggested a weather scientist challenged through a captain of to attract the institution of technological know-how, with its military of researchers and mountains of information, instead of to ''capital-S Science'' as the next authority. Such modes of extension--or modes of life, Latour argues here--account for the numerous ameliorations among legislations, technological know-how, politics, and different domain names of knowledge.

notwithstanding clinical wisdom corresponds to simply one of many many attainable modes of lifestyles Latour describes, an unrealistic imaginative and prescient of technological know-how has develop into the arbiter of fact and fact, seducing us into judging all values by means of a unmarried ordinary. Latour implores us to recuperate different modes of life with the intention to do justice to the plurality of fact stipulations that Moderns have came across all through their heritage. This systematic attempt of creating a brand new philosophical anthropology provides a totally varied view of what Moderns were, and offers a brand new foundation for establishing diplomatic encounters with different societies at a time while all societies are dealing with ecological crisis.

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We shall claim, even so, that we have something to 16 Trusting Institutions Again? • say about our values—and perhaps also about those of the others (but with none of the privileges of the old European history). In other words, “Occidentals” will have to be made present in a completely different way, first to themselves, and then to the others. To borrow the remarkable expression used in chancelleries, it is a matter of making “diplomatic representations” in order to renegotiate the new frontiers of self and other.

Has the controversy really degenerated to the point where people can talk about the fate of the planet as if they were on the stage of 2 Trusting Institutions Again? • a televised jousting match, pretending that the two opposing positions are of equal merit? I wonder how the professor is going to respond. Will he put the meddler in his place by reminding him that it’s not a matter of belief but of fact? Will he once again summarize the “indisputable data” that leave scarcely any room for doubt?

For more than twenty years, scientific and technological controversies have proliferated in number and scope, eventually reaching the climate itself. Since geologists are beginning to use the term “Anthropocene ” to designate the era of Earth’s history that follows the Holocene, this will be a convenient term to use from here on to sum up the meaning of an era that extends from the scientific and industrial revolutions to the present day. If geologists themselves, rather stolid and serious types, see humanity as a force of the same amplitude as volcanoes or even of plate tectonics, one thing is now certain: we have no hope whatsoever—no more hope in the future than we had in the past— of seeing a definitive distinction between Science and Politics.

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