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Latour, Bruno

Works: 310 works in 1,082 publications in 5 languages and 18,176 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs  Rules 
Roles: Author of introduction, Editor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Redactor, Director, Interviewee, Creator, Contributor, Other, Interviewer
Classifications: Q175.5, 303.483
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Science in action : how to follow scientists and engineers through society by Bruno Latour ( Book )
62 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,439 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
Reassembling the social an introduction to actor-network-theory by Bruno Latour ( )
28 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,155 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
We have never been modern by Bruno Latour ( Book )
23 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Politics of nature : how to bring the sciences into democracy by Bruno Latour ( Book )
15 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 726 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
Aramis, or, The love of technology by Bruno Latour ( Book )
22 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and held by 704 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
The pasteurization of France by Bruno Latour ( Book )
18 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 653 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
Laboratory life : the construction of scientific facts by Bruno Latour ( Book )
29 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 633 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 scienc
Pandora's hope : essays on the reality of science studies by Bruno Latour ( Book )
13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 599 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 )
18 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 573 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 social construction of scientific facts by Bruno Latour ( Book )
12 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Making things public : atmospheres of democracy by Germany) Museum für Neue Kunst (Karlsruhe ( Book )
20 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 481 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 )
10 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 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 systematic 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
Conversations on science, culture, and time by Michel Serres ( Book )
18 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 386 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 vie de laboratoire : la production des faits scientifiques by Bruno Latour ( Book )
15 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in French and held by 337 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 )
28 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in French and English and held by 316 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
Eclaircissements : cinq entretiens avec Bruno Latour by Michel Serres ( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in French and held by 292 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."--P. [4] of cover
On the modern cult of the factish gods by Bruno Latour ( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On the cult of the factish gods -- What is iconoclash? or is there a world beyond the image wars? -- "Thou shalt not freeze frame" or how not to misunderstand the science and religion debate
Politiques de la nature : Comment faire entrer les sciences en démocratie by Bruno Latour ( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in French and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chasing technoscience : matrix for materiality by Don Ihde ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Although often absent from the considerations of philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists, the material dimension plays an important and even essential role in the practices of the sciences. This volume begins to redress this absence by bringing together four prominent figures who make technoscience, or science embodied in its technologies, a central theme of their work. Through lively personal interviews and substantive essays, the ideas of Andrew Pickering, Don Ihde, Donna Haraway and Bruno Latour are brought to bear on the question of materiality in technoscience. The work of these theorists is then compared and critiqued in essays by colleagues
The making of law : an ethnography of the Conseil d'Etat by Bruno Latour ( Book )
15 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A case study of the daily practice of one of the French supreme courts, the Conseil d'Etat, which specialises in administrative law. Because of an unprecedented access to the collective discussions of judges, the author is able to reconstruct in detail the weaving of legal reasoning
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Alternative Names
Latour, B.
Latour, B. 1947-
Latour, B. (Bruno)
Latuer, Bulunuo
Lātūr, Brīnū 1947-
Латур, Бруно
برينو لاتور
ラトゥール, ブルーノ
拉图尔, 布鲁诺
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