Bruno Latour’s anthropology of the moderns

Posted: March 28, 2017 by vequinox in Literature

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bofransson: Pierre Bonnard Paysage au Cannet, 1938

Pierre Bonnard, Paysage au Cannet, 1938

A reply to Maniglier

RP 189 (Jan/Feb 2015), Gunnar Skirbekk

An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns – published with the motto: si scires donum Dei (for those who do not know the Holy Scripture, this is John 4.10: ‘if you knew God’s gift’) – is said to be the result of Bruno Latour’s research over the last twenty-five years. [1] The book was presented euphorically in three reviews in Le Monde, comparing Latour with the great philosophers of the past, and, most recently, in an article by Patrice Maniglier published in Radical Philosophy (‘A Metaphysical Turn?, Radical Philosophy 187, September/October 2014), which concludes that ‘Latour has produced what will henceforth stand as one of the great philosophical proposals of our time’. In what follows, I will present a rather different view.

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