Pandora's Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies / Edition 1

Pandora's Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies / Edition 1

by Bruno Latour
     
 

ISBN-10: 067465336X

ISBN-13: 9780674653368

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Harvard

A scientist friend asked Bruno Latour point-blank: "Do you believe in reality?" Taken aback by this strange query, Latour offers his meticulous response in Pandora's Hope. It is a remarkable argument for understanding the reality of science in practical terms.

In this book Latour, identified by Richard Rorty as the new "bête noire of the science

Overview

A scientist friend asked Bruno Latour point-blank: "Do you believe in reality?" Taken aback by this strange query, Latour offers his meticulous response in Pandora's Hope. It is a remarkable argument for understanding the reality of science in practical terms.

In this book Latour, identified by Richard Rorty as the new "bête noire of the science worshipers," gives us his most philosophically informed book since Science in Action. Through case studies of scientists in the Amazon analyzing soil and in Pasteur's lab studying the fermentation of lactic acid, he shows us the myriad steps by which events in the material world are transformed into items of scientific knowledge. Through many examples in the world of technology, we see how the material and human worlds come together and are reciprocally transformed in this process.

Why, Latour asks, did the idea of an independent reality, free of human interaction, emerge in the first place? His answer to this question, harking back to the debates between Might and Right narrated by Plato, points to the real stakes in the so-called science wars: the perplexed submission of ordinary people before the warring forces of claimants to the ultimate truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674653368
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
799,468
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

"Do You Believe in Reality?" News from the Trenches of the Science Wars

Circulating Reference: Sampling the Soil in the Amazon Forest

Science's Blood Flow: An Example from Joliot's Scientific Intelligence

From Fabrication to Reality: Pasteur and His Lactic Acid Ferment

The Historicity of Things: Where Were Microbes before Pasteur?

A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans: Following Daedalus's Labyrinth

The Invention of the Science Wars: The Settlement of Socrates and Callicles

A Politics Freed from Science: The Body Cosmopolitic

The Slight Surprise of Action: Facts, Fetishes, Factishes

Conclusion: What Contrivance Will Free Pandora's Hope?

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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