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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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Speculative Grace
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Adam S. Miller

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251506.003.0023

This chapter states that “black box” is too solid as a description for substance, too rigid and permanent. Substances are really more like acts, procedures, or institutions than they are like paperweights. However, Latour suggests that we might more accurately describe every kind of object, living or nonliving, as an “organism.” In short, he suggests the term organism be used, in general, as a replacement for substance.

Keywords:   black box, substances, object, organism

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