Good morning fellow Latourist!
Last week Latourism had its first meeting in The Hague. In it, we discussed Latour’s We Have Never Been Modern and Politics of Nature. We talked about a wide variety of subjects ranging from ontology, epistemology, to democratic representation and science studies. Examples of questions and problems we discussed are:
- What is reality and is it possible to step out of Latour’s Cave and question the dominance of Science (with a capital S)?
- What is an object? Does it act? What does acting actually mean?
- What is the relationship between those inside and those outside the Cave? Or, what is the relationship between politics and nature?
- Who or what constitutes the demos? Or, who or what is a politically relevant actor (or actant)? What’s left of responsibility in a world full of actants?
Although I do not think we are yet in the position in which we can say that we answered these questions, we nevertheless are capable of formulating our initial findings in the form of several propositions. My interpretation and proposal for these statements is the following:
- Give up our rationalizing instincts!
- Keep forgetting, and start translating! (see the diagram on page 11 of WHNBM)
- Work collectively on the creation of a common world (or collective).
These are proposals which means that I gladly invite you to comment on them, and tell us which aspects of our first meeting fired your imagination. Also, if things were or are unclear, you’re also invited to ask questions via a comment or reserve questions these for our next meeting on March 15 in Leiden.