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Speculative GraceBruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology$
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Adam S. Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251506

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251506.001.0001

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Black Boxes

Black Boxes

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Speculative Grace

Adam S. Miller

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that Latour's experimental metaphysics allows for the reworking of a variety of classic, philosophical concepts. In addition to how he retrofits transcendence, Latour offers novel approaches to concepts like substance, essence, matter, form, subjectivity, and reference. The key to his innovative account of substance (and, by extension, to the obscurity of grace) is his description of objects as “black boxes.”

Keywords:   Latour, experimental metaphysics, transcendence, subjectivity, substance, black boxes

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