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Description - Politics of Nature by Bruno Latour

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. 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 Details

ISBN: 9780674013476
ISBN-10: 0674013476
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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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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