I have criticised Latour’s AN INQUIRY INTO MODES OF EXISTENCE from various angles, and praised it from others, but I would like to consider the book in the context of the discussion of the “doldrums” of Continental philosophy. I think that AIME bears witness rather to the continuing vitality of philosophising arising from within the Continental tradition, and that it frees, or attempts to free, Continental philosophy from certain persistent limitations that may be responsible for its partially depressed state. My final assessment is that AIME as a thought experiment opens up new ways of thinking, but that the particular system that Latour has produced fails because of its rigidity concerning testability, religion, and democracy.

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