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Pandora's Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies

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Bruno Latour was once asked him: Do you believe in reality? This text is an attempt to answer this question. Through case studies of scientists in the Amazon analyzing soil and in Pasteur's lab studying lactic acid, he shows the steps by which physical events become scientific knowlege.
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 30th 1999 by Harvard University Press
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0spinboson
Aug 08, 2009 0spinboson rated it it was amazing
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Enormously interesting book.
Latour attempts (imo with great success) to solve the 'problem' of the ontological status of ("social") facts by showing how facts are inextricably linked to the objects they refer to, the practices those objects are used in, etc. (That is, he solves the question how we can avoid the problem of the status of knowledge introduced by postmodernism.)
He argues that the primary reason why we have such trouble grounding reality is because we want to at all costs ground it s
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Sam
My favorite of his.
Bart
Jan 22, 2015 Bart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to Latour's thoughts on STS. He often repeats himself though, and there are some parts that were really unnecessary. I mean, 7 pages on what metaphor is the best metaphor for the things he just said, with a table with pros and cons for every metaphor? How does that help me understand him? Just choose the right metaphor and stick with it. Repetitions make this book longer than necessary, but it's still an amazing read.
Katherine
Really tough to get the head around some of Latour but this is a very interesting book. I admire what the aim is - the bridging of positivist ideas of knowledge and a social constructionist idea of knowledge.
Andrew
Nov 09, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very compelling, I thought. Latour does his anthropology in a way that would have appealed to me a lot near the end of my undergraduate studies. This only makes me want to dig more into his corpus.
Zornitsa Dimitrova
it was quite okay. perhaps a but too verbose at moments.
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Bryanbannon
Apr 10, 2013 Bryanbannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of essays expanding on many of the themes that concern Latour while demonstrating the myriad ways in which his work has been misinterpreted.
Roger Tavares
Apr 12, 2009 Roger Tavares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting, but some parts sounds overdone
David
Mar 21, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, I'm finally grasping the sense that there is no "out there" out there and that there is another way to grasp reality.
Julia
Read chapters 1,2,4
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Bruno Latour is a French sociologist of science and anthropologist and an influential theorist in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). After teaching at the École des Mines de Paris (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation) from 1982 to 2006, he is now Professor and vice-president for research at Sciences Po Paris (2007), where he is associated with the Centre de sociologie des organisa ...more
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