David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Social Studies of Science 40 (4):579-598 (2010)
Bruno Latour has had a tremendous impact on the field of science studies. Yet, it is not always easy to say what he stands for. Indeed, Latour has often claimed that his work lacks any overall unity. In this essay, I suggest that at least one concept remains constant throughout Latour’s diverse studies of modern science and technology, namely, mediation. I try to make good this claim by focussing on Latour’s numerous attempts over the years to distance himself from, so as to discredit, the philosopher Martin Heidegger. I argue that Latour’s repeated denunciations of Heidegger amount to a systematic tactic of dissimulation: by suppressing the substance of Heidegger’s critique of modern technoscience, Latour directs attention away from the not insignificant weaknesses in his own theory of mediation. Against the backdrop of an appropriately reconstructed Heidegger, Latour’s self-promotion as a radically progressive non-modern thinker cannot be sustained.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Jeff Kochan (2009). The Exception Makes the Rule: Reply to Howson. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23 (2):213-216.
Similar books and articles
Bruno Latour (1999). Pandora's Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies. Harvard University Press.
Nicholas J. Rowland, Jan-Hendrik Passoth & Alexander B. Kinney (2011). Latour's Greatest Hits, Reassembled: Review of Bruno Latour's Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. [REVIEW] Spontaneous Generations 5 (1):95-99.
E. Seguin (2000). Bloor, Latour, and the Field. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 31 (3):503-508.
Gesa Lindemann (2011). On Latour's Social Theory and Theory of Society, and His Contribution to Saving the World. Human Studies 34 (1):93-110.
Bruno Latour, Graham Harman & Peter Erdélyi (eds.) (2011). The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE. Zero Books.
Bruno Latour (1987). The Author Responds: Latour to Oldroyd. Social Epistemology 1 (4):347 – 350.
Bruno Latour (1988). The Author Rebounds: Latour to Oldroyd. Social Epistemology 2 (2):183.
Srikanth Mallavarapu & Amit Prasad (2006). Facts, Fetishes, and the Parliament of Things: Is There Any Space for Critique? Social Epistemology 20 (2):185 – 199.
Jeff Kochan (2006). Rescuing the Gorgias From Latour. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (4):395-422.
Added to index2010-07-22
Total downloads132 ( #7,939 of 1,140,315 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #140,127 of 1,140,315 )
How can I increase my downloads?