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Bruno Latour

French sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist

1947   -  

country of citizenship: France
educated at: Tours University
occupation: philosopher, anthropologist, sociologist, university teacher
award received: Knight of the Legion of Honour, Holberg International Memorial Prize, Albertus-Magnus professorate, Siegfried Unseld Preis, John Desmond Bernal Prize, Officer of the National Order of Merit
position held: director
influenced by: Étienne Souriau

Bruno Latour (; French: [latuʁ]; born 22 June 1947) is a French philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist. He is especially known for his work 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 became Professor at Sciences Po Paris (2006–2017), where he was the scientific director of the Sciences Po Medialab. He retired from several university activities in 2017. He was also a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.Latour 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. He is best known for withdrawing from the subjective/objective division and re-developing the approach to work in practice. Latour said in 2017 that he is interested in helping to rebuild trust in science and that some of the authority of science needs to be regained. 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 Algirdas Julien Greimas, and (more recently) the sociology of Émile Durkheim's rival Gabriel Tarde. Latour's monographs earned him a 10th place among most-cited book authors in the humanities and social sciences for the year 2007.
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book by Michel Serres

author: Bruno Latour, Michel Serres


An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence

author: Bruno Latour

We Have Never Been Modern

book by Bruno Latour

author: Bruno Latour


Aramis, or the Love of Technology

book by Bruno Latour

author: Bruno Latour


An inquiry into modes of existence: an anthropology of the moderns

Werk des französischen Soziologen, Ethnologen und Philosophen Bruno Latour aus dem Jahr 2012

author: Bruno Latour

Science in Action

book by Bruno Latour

author: Bruno Latour


Laboratory Life

book by Bruno Latour

author: Bruno Latour, Steve Woolgar


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