Politics of Nature
How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy
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Politics of Nature by Bruno Latour
Book DescriptionA 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. Bruno Latour announces his project dramatically: "Political ecology has nothing whatsoever to do with nature, this jumble of Greek philosophy, French Cartesianism and American parks." Nature, he asserts, far from being an obvious domain of reality, is a way of assembling political order without due process. Thus, his book proposes an end to the old dichotomy between nature and society - and the constitution, in its place, of a collective, a community incorporating humans and non-humans and building on the experiences of the sciences as they are actually practiced. In a critique of the distinction between fact and value, Latour suggests a re-description of the type of political philosophy implicated in such a "commonsense" division - which here reveals itself as distinctly un-commonsensical and in fact fatal to democracy and to a healthy development of the sciences. Moving beyond the modernist institutions
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674013476
(235mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruno Latour
Facing Gaia, Hardback (June 2017)
The emergence of modern sciences in the seventeenth century profoundly renewed our understanding of Nature. For the last three centuries new ideas of Nature have been continuously developed by theology, politics, economics, and science, especially the sciences of the material world.
Inquiry into Modes of Existence, Hardback (August 2013)
In a new approach to philosophical anthropology, this book offers answers to questions raised in We Have Never Been Modern: If not modern, what have we been, and what values should we inherit? It offers a new basis for diplomatic encounters with other societies at a time of ecological crisis.
Rejoicing, Paperback (June 2013)» View all books by Bruno Latour
Bruno Latour s long term project is to compare the felicity and infelicity conditions of the different values dearest to the heart of those who have never been modern . According to him, this is the only way to develop an anthropology of the Moderns.
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Author Biography - Bruno Latour
Bruno Latour is Professor and Vice-President for Research at the Sciences Po, Paris.
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