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Bruno Latour in PiecesAn Intellectual Biography$
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Henning Schmidgen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263691

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263691.001.0001

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Pandora and the History of Modernity

Pandora and the History of Modernity

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(p.54) Four Pandora and the History of Modernity
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Bruno Latour in Pieces
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Henning Schmidgen

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263691.003.0005

In the 1980s, Latour started to investigate the dissemination of Pasteurian hygiene in France in the late 19th century. In this context he elaborated his theory of modernity and the philosophical foundations of actor-network theory. This chapter highlights the fact that the Nietzschean aspects of Latour’s writings from this period are very much indebted to Deleuze’s reading of Nietzsche, in particular with respect to the notion of “force.”

Keywords:   Bruno Latour, Louis Pasteur, Bacteriology, Modernity, Actor-network theory, Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Nietzsche

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