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Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences Into Democracy

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A major work by one of the more innovative thinkers of our time, "Politics of Nature" does nothing less than establish the conceptual context for political ecology--transplanting the terms of ecology into more fertile philosophical soil than its proponents have thus far envisioned. Bruno Latour announces his project dramatically: "Political ecology has nothing whatsoever t ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2004 by Harvard University Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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I've been thinking a lot latly about mr. latour and about the probability of me picking up these books are reading them again. This review is not so much for this specific book but for all latour's books and the movement that he represents.

I read all these books in a class with a gentleman named bradley lewis who wrote a book on postpsychiatry. And don't get me wrong brad is a fun guy. He has an adorable son and is super smart. But he is also a bit off as far as my intellectual inclinations ar
UGH, Latour, you madden me with your dark and pregnant pronouncements, your penchant for neologism, your sacrifice of clarity on the alter of cleverness, and your seemingly feigned attempt to make yourself clear with a glossary and summary of the argument that are more puzzling than clarifying.

Still, I think that Latour is onto something here, and I think perhaps some of what is most puzzling about the book may be required in Latour's thoroughgoing attempt to reject certain trenchant and pernici
Feb 08, 2011 Trisha added it
Dense...and surprisingly, most of it is common sense. He provides a ridiculously abstruse framework to call for a synthesis of disciplines, and offers no prescription in how to fulfill this--just his unhelpful glossary for when he needs to redefine words too integrated into the bicameral political/Science epistemological model that he rallies against.
Albert Faber
Latour is full of original, provocative and highly interesting ideas, but his dense philosopho proze is so bloody inaccessible that it will be a hard task to actually find and appreciate them. That is a great pity. Latour's opaque style does not do justice to his original thoughts.
Most accessible of Latour's writing (other than his casestudy chapters from _Pandora's Hope_) that I have read far... (but I haven't gotten too far...seem to be on pause...)

Returned for a bit; back on pause. Definitely NOT one of his more readable writings...
André Holanda
Interessante aplicação das propostas de Latour à questão da política global, no sentido da construção de uma Ecologia Política simétrica.
Anne O'brien
Very perplexing (unbelievably complicated -Warning!) but fascinating and has stimulated a lot of thinking for me
Oct 25, 2007 Marissa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like torture
some interesting stuff... but i just can't stand Latour's writing....
Oct 22, 2008 Greg added it
Extremely helpful / played a big role in my master's thesis.
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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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