Readings for April 15

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Dear things,

Perhaps you are, like me, in the middle of “Reassembling the Social” and thinking, first, that this is not Latour at his best and, second, that this is a great many pages of Latour-not-at-his-best. Of course, there is much of interest in the text, but I think it might kill our spirits to read the book in its entirety. I’d like, therefore, to reduce this coming week’s assignment to four chapters in particular:

• Third Source of Uncertainty: Objects Have Too Much Agency (pp 63-86).
• On the Difficulty of Being an ANT (pp 141-158)
• Third Move: Connecting Sites (219-246)
• Conclusion (247-262)

This is a manageable excerpt, I think, that will contribute to our continuing discussion of We Have Never Been Modern.

For those who may have a special interest in such things, I’ve posted in courseworks Latour’s introductory chapter to the Iconoclash volume, which really is very good. It’s a short piece, fun, provocative, and nicely written. Worth peeking at if you have time.

Best,
sev

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