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Professor and Vice-President for Research, Sciences Po Paris
Bruno Latour is a French sociologist of science and anthropologist and an influential theorist in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). After teaching at the École des Mines de Paris (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation) from 1982 to 2006, he is now Professor and vice-president for research at Sciences Po Paris (2007), where he is associated with the Centre de sociologie des organisations (CSO).
He is best known for his books We Have Never Been Modern (1991; English translation, 1993), Laboratory Life (with Steve Woolgar, 1979) and Science in Action (1987). Although his studies of scientific practice were at one time associated with social constructionist approaches to the philosophy of science, Latour has diverged significantly from such approaches. Latour is best known for withdrawing from the subjective/objective division and re-developing the approach to work in practice. Along with Michel Callon and John Law, Latour is one of the primary developers of actor-network theory (ANT), a constructionist approach influenced by the ethnomethodology of Harold Garfinkel, the generative semiotics of Greimas, and (more recently) the sociology of Durkheim's rival Gabriel Tarde.
He is the recipient of the 2013 Holberg Memorial Prize, which is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for social sciences and the humanities.
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Publications By Bruno Latour
An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (Havard 2013)
On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods (Duke 2009)
Politics of Nature: How to Bring Sciences into Democracy (Harvard 2004)
We Have Never Been Modern (Harvard 1993)
Love Your Monsters (Breakthrough Institute 2011)
"Waiting for Gaia: Composing the common world through art and politics," a lecture at the French Institute for the lauching of SPEAP in London (November 2011)
"Will Non-Humans be Saved? An Argument on Ecotheology," Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute V. 15, 459-475 (September 2008)