Testing Latour's app: a user's guide

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Abstract

I reconstruct Bruno Latour's ideas about science and religion and compare them to Ian G. Barbour's and Mikael Stenmark's models, as well as to the discussion of technology and religion developed by John C. Caiazza and Antje Jackelen. I show how using "Latour's App" enlightens some aspects of said models which Barbour and Stenmark themselves were seemingly struggling with, and that Caiazza's and Jackelen's views can be reconciled despite their apparent opposition. The result of such tests is an overall assessment of Latour's proposal. I argue that, under the disguise of a flamboyant and original language, Latour's method is not that distant from those of the other authors analyzed here, and that his discussion might conceal some unwelcome philosophical shortcomings.

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Authors
  • Stefano Bigliardi
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  • Other Social Sciences

Keywords

  • Ian G. Barbour, John C. Caiazza, constructivism, Antje Jackelen, Bruno, Latour, Mikael Stenmark, technology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)890-903
JournalZygon
Volume49
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes