Reassembling the Political
Series: Modern European Thinkers
A biography of Bruno Latour, the sociologist and anthropologist, which focuses on his political philosophy.
Along with Latour's most important articles on political themes, the book chooses three works as exemplary of the distinct periods in Latour's thinking: The Pasteurization of France, Politics of Nature, and the recently published An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence, as his conception of politics evolves from a global power struggle between individuals, to the fabrication of fragile parliamentary networks, to just one mode of existence among many others.
Graham Harman is Distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is the author of Bruno Latour: Reassembling the Political (Pluto, 2014), Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects (Open Court, 2002) and Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics (re.Press, 2009).
'A delightful, informative read for Latour novices and experts alike' - Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and author of Alien Phenomenology, or What it’s Like to Be a Thing
'With refreshing creativity, Graham Harman extracts his political project from Bruno Latour's philosophical writings. His book lucidly maps out the course that Latour's thought charts across left and right - truth and power - not because this opposition doesn't matter, but because for all their practical urgency, today's crises also present a great intellectual challenge, requiring a redefinition of the very objectives of politics' - Noortje Marres
A Note on the Life and Thought of Bruno Latour
Introduction: Truth Politics and Power Politics
1. In Search of a Latourian Political Philosophy
2. Early Latour: A Hannibal of Actants
3. Middle Latour: The Parliament of Things
4. Late Latour: Politics as a Mode
5. 'Usefully Pilloried': Latour’s Left Flank
6. 'An Interesting Reactionary': Latour’s Right Flank
7. 'A Copernican Revolution': Lippmann, Dewey and Object-Oriented Politics
8. Concluding Remarks
eBook ISBN: 9781783711987
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