An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence

An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence An Anthropology of the Moderns

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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 Rée, Times Literary Supplement

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

Book information

ISBN: 9780674984028
Publisher: Harvard
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 128
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 520
Weight: 698g
Height: 234mm
Width: 176mm
Spine width: 35mm