Author: Sam Mickey
Let’s look at chapter two of AIME. As in the introduction and first chapter, Latour touches on a lot of issues in the second chapter, and a lot of questions and possible criticisms still remain. We should bear in mind that we’re still early in the book, and Latour is imagining a reader who is patient and kind, demanding a final reckoning only at the end of the inquiry, not “after only a few pages” (p. 67).
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Author: Philip Conway
Given the cursory and familiar nature of the opening chapters I don’t have a great deal to add just yet in terms of commentary but I do have one major criticism. It concerns the definition of ‘The Moderns’ – perhaps the central plank of Latour’s political-philosophical platform.
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Tagged Bruno Latour, Diplomacy, Geography, Geopolitics, Marx, Occident, Orient, Post-Colonialism
Author: Philip Conway
Greetings, tout le monde!
We’ve yet to establish a format for these posts. What I’ve done here needn’t set a precedent for everyone else; I just hope that the following will be useful. At the very least it’ll get us started. I’ve written up a bullet point summary of the introduction and the first chapter – a melange of paraphrases and choice quotes. Hopefully that’ll be enough to refresh people’s memories, provide an overview of the text and give us some jumping off points for conversation. If I’ve missed something major or if you disagree with my interpretations then do let me know!
As these are the early, introductory pages and because we’ve not yet gotten our discussions going I don’t have much to add vis-à-vis commentary but I do have one critical remark to make about Latour’s definition of ‘The Moderns.’ That’ll come in a second post.
First, the summary. Continue reading
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