RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 401287424 LA English T1 Prince of networks : Bruno Latour and metaphysics A1 Harman, Graham,, PB Re.press PP Prahran, Vic. YR 2009 SN 9780980544060 0980544068 9780980666526 098066652X AB "Prince of Networks is the first treatment of Bruno Latour specifically as a philosopher. Part One covers four key works that display Latours underrated contributions to metaphysics: Irreductions, Science in Action, We Have Never Been Modern, and Pandoras Hope. Harman contends that Latour is one of the central figures of contemporary philosophy, with a highly original ontology centered in four key concepts: actants, irreduction, translation, and alliance. In Part Two, Harman summarizes Latours most important philosophical insights, including his status as the first secular occasionalist. Working from his own object-oriented perspective, Harman also criticizes the Latourian focus on the relational character of actors at the expense of their cryptic autonomous reality. This book forms a remarkable interface between Latours Actor-Network Theory and the Speculative Realism of Harman and his confederates."--Book cover.