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Jeff Kochan
Universität Konstanz
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Bruno Latour claims to have shown that a Kantian model of knowledge, which he describes as seeking to unite a disembodied transcendental subject with an inaccessible thing-in-itself, is dramatically falsified by empirical studies of science in action. Instead, Latour puts central emphasis on scientific practice, and replaces this Kantian model with a model of “circulating reference.” Unfortunately, Latour's alternative schematic leaves out the scientific subject. I repair this oversight through a simple mechanical procedure. By putting a slight spin on Latour's diagrammatic representation of his theory, I discover a new space for a post-Kantian scientific subject, a subject brilliantly described by Ludwik Fleck. The neglected subjectivities and ceaseless practices of science are thus re-united.
Keywords circulating reference  post-kantian subjectivity  scientific practice  Bruno Latour  Ludwik Fleck
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2014.10.004
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Latour's Heidegger.Jeff Kochan - 2010 - Social Studies of Science 40 (4):579-598.
Subjectivity and Emotion in Scientific Research.Jeff Kochan - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44 (3):354-362.
Living Dangerously with Bruno Latour in a Hybrid World.Mark Elam - 1999 - Theory, Culture and Society 16 (4):1-24.

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Suppressed Subjectivity and Truncated Tradition: A Reply to Pablo Schyfter.Jeff Kochan - 2018 - Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 7 (12):15-21.

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