Continuing on Latour’s We Have Never Been Modern (1993) with guest Lynda Olman.
Latour is challenging the idea of objective truth totally apart from perceivers; so is he an idealist? He claims that he is not; he’s not even a strong social constructionist. We lay out the “Constitution” of modernity that keeps science and politics separate, how this way of thinking about things makes it difficult for us to address issues like climate change, and we get into Latour’s positive account for what should replace this Constitution.
End song: “Mono No Aware” by Guy Sigsworth, as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #109.