Take some time to read some Bruno Latour. You will be glad that you did even if you disagree with him.
- Latour Links (knowledge-ecology.com)
- “Bruno Latourbot” by Anonymous (leonardoflores.net)
- “Latour Swag” by Darius Kazemi (leonardoflores.net)
- Bruno Latour’s Gifford Lectures are underway: “Facing Gaia” (footnotes2plato.com)
- Contra Deleuze: Latour’s Disputes (becomingintegral.wordpress.com)
- On Latour and Simondon’s Mode of Existence – fragments of a fictional dialogue yet to come (anthem-group.net)
Originally posted on Footnotes 2 Plato:
Latour is introduced by professor of physics Wilson Poon, who publicly confesses to being a great admirer of Latour’s work. Latour, thinly veiling how tired he is of the “Science Wars,” thanks him for the “rare confession”: “I don’t have many friends among physicists.” Poon contributes to a course at the University of Edinburgh on the relationship between Science and Religion, a favorite inter-disciplinary topic of my own. A quick google search turned up a sermon by Poon, titled “Giving Voice to Creation: A Christian Vocation in Science,” delivered at his local Episcopal Church in 2008. He speaks humbly on behalf of sand granules for their role in God’s creation (his scientific research specializes on fluid dynamics). Strange what can happen to natural scientists after they embrace a politics of nature…
In his second Gifford lecture, Latour rehearses David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Practicing the art of philosophical fiction, Latour re-constructs the history of philosophy (in much the same way that he helped reconstruct the Bergson-Einstein debate), wondering if Hume’s reflection on natural theology was really enough to stir the sage of Könisburg from his dogmatic dreaming, or if, in fact, he and all other Enlightened moderns are still sleeping, still spellbound by the pleonasm of natural religion, still stuck within the paradigm of design (by mechanistic de-animation or deistic over-animation), still paralyzed by the false split between science and religion, matter and spirit, fact and value, etc.