A Textbook Case Revisited. Knowledge as mode of existence - Sciences Po Access content directly
Book Sections Year : 2007

A Textbook Case Revisited. Knowledge as mode of existence

Bruno Latour
  • Function : Author
  • PersonId : 980230
  • IdRef : 02825354X


The paper starts by a visit to an exhibit at the Natural History Museum in New York which shows in parallel series of fossils of horse evolution and series of how paleontologists have varied in their reconstruction of this evolution. It is the occasion to test again an argument at the heart of science studies and history of science : is there a history of science ideas about nature, or also a history of the objects known by science. If the latter is the case, then do we have the philosophical ressource to think this change of conception through ? Using James, Fleck, Whitehead and more recent science studies results, the paper tries to " desepistemologize " knowledge on the one hand while " reontologizing " it on the other.


Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
99-handbook-final.pdf (439.68 Ko) Télécharger le fichier
Origin : Files produced by the author(s)

Dates and versions

hal-00972922 , version 1 (03-04-2014)



Bruno Latour. A Textbook Case Revisited. Knowledge as mode of existence. Hackett; Edward J.; Lynch; Michael; Wajcman; Judy; Amsterdamska; Olga. The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, MIT Press2, pp.83-112, 2007, 9780262083645. ⟨hal-00972922⟩
496 View
968 Download


Gmail Facebook Twitter LinkedIn More