Archives mensuelles : juin 2014

AIME PROJECT: DEMOCRATIC DIPLOMACY OR ELITIST BUSINESS AS USUAL?

I have written and published on my blog, on Scribd, and on academia.edu, over a hundred pages (e.g. this 49 page article) summarising my reactions to the AIME project. I have received nothing at all in reply. One of its … Lire la suite

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LATOUR AND MATHEMATICS: Heuristics and Hermeneutics

Bruno Latour is well-known for having applied semiotic and post-structuralist thought to the study of the natural sciences – typically a blind spot in the generalised critique of institutions of thought that characterised the 60s and 70s in French philosophical … Lire la suite

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Latour on research: moving back and forth between performances and competence

« If there is something in common between science and the humanities it is the habit of moving back and forth between actants and actors… »Actant » is part of semiotic jargon, and I agree that the word could put off those trained … Lire la suite

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LATOUR vs HARMAN: common language vs esoteric doctrine

If we look at OOO in terms of language, the difference with Latour’s approach stands out strikingly. Latour wishes to create a common language capable of being spoken by both scientists and humanists. OOO does not want to create a … Lire la suite

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HARMAN’S BAD EXAMPLE: A Song of Cotton and Fire

Graham Harman frequently cites the example of the encounter between fire and cotton as an intuitively clear illustration of the concept of withdrawal, but this example is more complicated than he seems to realise. This is a case for which … Lire la suite

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LATOUR ON AGENCY (3): Deconstruction moving from competence to performance

From the preceding video: 6m44 to 10m36 « The interest of this extremely classical semiotic definition is that it permits us to establish a distinction, which responds a little to the definiion of general culture. This does not make an opposition … Lire la suite

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LATOUR ON AGENCY (2): Performance vs Competence

From the preceding video: 4m46 to 6m44 « On the contrary there is going to be enormous differences concerning the question of agency. I shall use the English word because « puissance d’agir » is a little bizarre. To define the term let’s … Lire la suite

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LATOUR ON AGENCY (1): EXEGESIS AS THE COMMON MATRIX OF THE SCIENCES

From the preceding video: 2m28 to4m46 « So for the first question I must now define a bizarre term that exists better in English, which is the notion of « agency », that one often translates in French by « agencement » [assemblage], which doesn’t … Lire la suite

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LATOUR ON AGENCY (french)

Very interesting talk by Bruno Latour on agency, in French, partial translation to come: Thanks to the CRAL – Centre des Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage – for putting it online.

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GRAHAM HARMAN’S IDEALIST ELIMINATIVISM

Withdrawal is eliminative, abstractive, élitist; de-withdrawal is emanative, constructive, democratic. The diverse objects that we “know” are emanations of the One real object behind the appearances (Harman’s sensual realm). This sensual realm includes the “folk” realm of common sense, but … Lire la suite

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