On the modern cult of the factish gods / Bruno Latour ; first chapter translated by Catherine Porter and Heather MacLean.

by Latour, BrunoLooking glass.

Series: Science and cultural theory: Publisher: Durham [NC] ; Duke University Press, 2010.Description: x, 157 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 082234825X; 9780822348252.Other title: Original title Petite réflexion sur le culte moderne des dieux faitiches.Subject(s): Cultural psychiatryLooking glass | FetishismLooking glass | IconoclasmLooking glass | Religion and scienceLooking glass
On the cult of the factish gods -- What is iconoclash? or is there a world beyond the image wars? -- "Thou shalt not freeze frame," or how not to misunderstand the science and religion debate.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [125]-149) and index.
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On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods continues the project that the influential anthropologist, philosopher, and science studies theorist Bruno Latour advanced in his book We Have Never Been Modern . There he redescribed the Enlightenment idea of universal scientific truth, arguing that there are no facts separable from their fabrication. In this concise work, Latour delves into the "belief in naive belief," the suggestion that fetishes--objects invested with mythical powers--are fabricated and that facts are not. Mobilizing his work in the anthropology of science, he uses the notion of "factishes" to explore a way of respecting the objectivity of facts and the power of fetishes without forgetting that both are fabricated. While the fetish-worshipper knows perfectly well that fetishes are man-made, the Modern icon-breaker inevitably erects new icons. Yet Moderns sense no contradiction at the core of their work. Latour pursues his critique of critique, or the possibility of mediating between subject and object, or the fabricated and the real, through the notion of "iconoclash," making productive comparisons between scientific practice and the worship of visual images and religious icons.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [125]-149) and index.

On the cult of the factish gods -- What is iconoclash? or is there a world beyond the image wars? -- "Thou shalt not freeze frame," or how not to misunderstand the science and religion debate.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. vii)
  • Chapter 1 On the Cult of the Factish Gods (p. 1)
  • Chapter 2 What is Iconoclash? Or Is There a World Beyond the Image Wars? (p. 67)
  • Chapter 3 "Thou Shalt Not Freeze Frame," Or How Not to Misunderstand the Science and Religion Debate (p. 99)
  • Notes (p. 125)
  • Index (p. 151)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Bruno LaTour was born in the French province of Burgundy, where his family has been making wine for many generations. He was educated in Dijon, where he studied philosophy and Biblical exegesis. He then went to Africa, to complete his military service, working for a French organization similar to the American Peace Corps. While in Africa he became interested in the social sciences, particularly anthropology.

LaTour believes that through his interests in philosophy, theology, and anthropology, he is actually pursuing a single goal, to understand the different ways that truth is built. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, LaTour has written about the philosophy and sociology of science in an original, insightful, and sometimes quirky way. Works that have been translated to English include The Pasteurization of France; Laboratory Life; Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society; We Have Never Been Modern; and Aramis, or the Love of Technology.

LaTour is a professor at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation, a division of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, in Paris.

(Bowker Author Biography)