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Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics


Author: Harman Graham

About author:
PhD in Philosophy, Professor at the Philosophy Department of the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Address: AUC Avenue, P. O. Box 74, New Cairo 11835, Egypt. E-mail: gharman@aucegypt.edu.

Author: Harman Graham

About author:
PhD in Philosophy, Professor at the Philosophy Department of the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Address: AUC Avenue, P. O. Box 74, New Cairo 11835, Egypt. E-mail: gharman@aucegypt.edu.

Annotation:
In this excerpts from the book Prince of Networks Graham Harman shows the work of French sociologist of science and anthropologist Bruno Latour in the light of metaphysics. The author gives a sketch of situation which could place the figure of Latour in the panorama of contemporary speculative philosophy. Special attention is paid to relations between Latour and contemporary scientific materialism, which can be called the default common sense philosophy of our time. The author concludes that the point of contention here is the difference in their attitudes towards the human/world gap, established in early modern period. The doctrine of local occasionalism, which is described by the author as “Latour’s greatest achievement in philosophy”, is also analyzed.

Keywords: Bruno Latour, actor-network theory, metaphysics, materialism, occasionalism, empiricism, vicarious causation

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