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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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Science and Action

Science and Action

(p.83) Six Science and Action
Bruno Latour in Pieces

Henning Schmidgen

Fordham University Press

Focusing on “Science in Action,” published in 1987, this chapter discusses the key concepts of Bruno Latour’s anthropology of science, e.g. “technoscience,” “inscription device,” “immutable mobiles,” and “centres of calculation.” It points out connections between Latour’s interest in scientific imagery and similar interests in media studies and the history of art. At the same time, it draws attention to important role played in this context by the criticism of linguistics in authors such as Jean-François Lyotard, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

Keywords:   Bruno Latour, Technoscience, Inscription devices, Centres of calculation, Pictorial turn, Media studies, Jean-François Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari

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