Monthly Archives: September 2013

EMPIRICISM vs HERMENEUTICS (4): Pseudo-empiricity and authority by association

Bruno Latour is a masterly rhetorician, and what he says in a seemingly literal style is not to be taken as a direct transcription of his thoughts – no such an empiricist reading can ever be adequate to his rhetorical … Continue reading

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RYLE AND LATOUR: On Category Mistakes

At the beginning of Chapter Two of AN INQUIRY INTO MODES OF EXISTENCE Bruno Latour recounts an anecdote based on Gilbert Ryle’s introduction of the notion of category mistake in THE CONCEPT OF MIND (1949): “The canonical example involves a … Continue reading

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EMPIRICISM vs HERMENEUTICS (3): Latour and Wittgenstein on the primacy of the religious spirit

Bruno Latour’s religious outlook is central to AN INQUIRY INTO MODES OF EXISTENCE, and his discovery of different modes of enunciation (and thus of existence) goes back to his apprenticeship in Biblical exegesis. Indeed religious enunciation appears as a model … Continue reading

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EMPIRICISM vs HERMENEUTICS (2): Bruno Latour and the “two philosophies” thesis

Bruno Latour’s AN INQUIRY INTO MODES OF EXISTENCE purports to be the sequel to WE HAVE NEVER BEEN MODERN, published 20 years earlier. Where that book’s emphasis was mainly negative, as the title shows, deconstructing the false identity that was … Continue reading

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EMPIRICISM vs HERMENEUTICS (1): Reading Bruno Latour religiously

Does Bruno Latour have two philosophies, as he claims recently, or just one? Is this a empirical or “double-click” question? Or is it a hermeneutical question? does it depend on our interpretation, which may be different than the one Latour … Continue reading

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IVAN ILLICH VIDEO INTERVIEW

Thanks to Angela Roothaan for drawing my attention to this: Very interesting interview. There is a little mistranslation at the beginning when he talks about the myth of Pandora and repeated a few times. He says that the “words” escape … Continue reading

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MATERIALISM AND ENUNCIATIVE LINGUISTICS: Laruelle on materialist utterances

Note: this post and the preceding one were inspired in part by my reading of the text to a recent talk by Levi Bryant that he has kindly made freely available Much of French philosophy is based on a linguistics … Continue reading

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