On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods Paperback

by Bruno Latour;

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On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods

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On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods continues the project that the anthropologist, philosopher, and influential science studies theorist Bruno Latour advanced in his book We Have Never Been Modern. There he proposed to re-describe 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 of 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 of religious icons.

On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods by Bruno Latour was published by Duke University Press in December 2010 and is our 59590th best seller. The ISBN for On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods is 9780822348252.

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Details for On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherDuke University Press (December 2010)
Number of Pages168
Thickness10 mm
Height234 mm
Width157 mm
Product Code3496058
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