“You’ll never fail to score points by calling someone “bourgeois” or “neo-liberal,” but from now on we need to do more than score points.”
I’ve been asked to write a book on Latour’s political philosophy, and have agreed to do so, at approximately 80,000-90,000 words.
It’s too interesting a project to pass up. While there are obviously some political ramifications to Latour’s philosophy, it is not always entirely clear what they are. At the same time, many of the public statements about Latour’s politics amount to nothing but sub-philosophically inane slogans: “bourgeois neo-liberal,” etc.
You’ll never fail to score points by calling someone “bourgeois” or “neo-liberal,” but from now on we need to do more than score points. In order to help raise the level of actual political debate in continental philosophy, we need to end the posturing of continual rhetorical left-flank moves, we need a wider range of positions with a less monotonous range of complaints, and we also need a clearer focus on what is really at stake in political philosophy, both…
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