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Designers develop hybrid systems

Reading Verbeek’s What Things Do, I’m reminded of Latour’s handy term “hybrid”, an entity that is neither purely subjective nor purely objective, but a fusion of both. In Latour’s eye, the distinction between nature and society, or subject and object, … Continue reading

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OOO: an engineer’s philosophy?

Could it be that OOO is an engineer’s philosophy? It seems somewhere between possible and likely. Since good designers must develop knowledge of the engineering involved in their chosen medium, I probably need to learn to think OOO. Maybe I’ll … Continue reading

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An autobibliobiography

Well, I tried to write about my books and how I want to prune my library, and ended up writing a history of my interests. I know there are loose ends, but I am tired of writing, so blat, here … Continue reading

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Hyperobjective spew

I’ve gotten sucked into Tim Morton’s Hyperobjects. I was reading Kaufmann’s book on Hegel, but after sampling few pages of this book on the recommendation of a friend Morton’s book felt “next”. A few random notes: This territory, settled first … Continue reading

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Ancestors and siblings of process thought

While I’m scanning passages from C. Robert Mesle’s Process-Relational Philosophy, here are two more that inspired me. The first passage appeals to my designer consciousness: Descartes was wrong in his basic dualism. The world is not composed of substances or of … Continue reading

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Luria-Latour

The book I have been reading for the last thirty or so mornings has been Gershom Scholem’s Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. I am currently reading the chapter on Isaac Luria, and it is sparking insights and connections with other things I’ve read, in particular with … Continue reading

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The Republic of Reality

represent |repri-zent| verb [with obj.]  be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), especially in an official capacity. constitute; amount to. depict (a particular subject) in a picture or other work of art formal state or point out … Continue reading

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Wordworlds

Nothing is improved when we replace worldviews with wordworlds. To paraphrase Bernadette from the Jerk, “It’s not [the meanings] I’ll miss. It’s the stuff!” Our problem is not metaphysics. It is metaphysical reductionism. And specifically metaphysical reductionisms that allow us … Continue reading

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The medium of action

Had Hannah Arendt lived to read Shapin and Schaffer’s Leviathan and the Air-Pump: she would never have written this: With the term vita activa, I propose to designate three fundamental human activities: labor, work, and action. They are fundamental because each … Continue reading

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Circuits

Intersubjectivity is conducted through the medium of things. * I and You runs a circuit through It. Are things otherwise?: I is short-circuiting, again. An indicator of a closed circuit: intense heat. * Circuit – ORIGIN late Middle English: via … Continue reading

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Universal respect

To disrespect the “mundane” obstacles that confront us in our attempts to meet our goals – to indignantly declare that some obstacles have no right to exist – to believe it is degrading to wrangle with them – such attitude … Continue reading

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Miller/Latour: What religion does

I need to make friends with some fellow-nerds whose heads combust when they read stuff like this: Religion corrects for our farsightedness. It addresses the invisibility of objects that are commonly too familiar, too available, too immanent to be seen. … Continue reading

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Consolations of gnosis

I finished “Irreductions” from The Pasteurization of France. To me, Latour looks like the most rigorous and radical fusion of Nietzschean and Pragmatist I’ve read. * Superficially, Actor-Network Theory looks almost amoral, but Latour always inserts a moral at the … Continue reading

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Where politics has no rights

A hint at Latour’s ethic: We would like to be able to escape from politics. We would like there to be, somewhere, a way of knowing and convincing which differs from compromise and tinkering: a way of knowing that does … Continue reading

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Irreductions

From the introduction to Latour’s Irreductions: …We should not decide apriori what the state of forces will be beforehand or what will count as a force. If the word “force” appears too mechanical or too bellicose, then we can talk … Continue reading

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Supposing truth converses…?

More attempts to internalize the ANTsy moves: Today, physicists never discuss a matter without allowing the matter to participate in the discussion. Physicist’s experiments always ask leading questions. The questions have a clear, coaxing thrust, and the matter in question … Continue reading

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Interview with a quark

If a physicist could talk directly with a quark to get hints from it that would help the physicist invent new productive theories and experiments, most physicists would get to work scheduling interviews with any quark willing to talk with … Continue reading

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On Justification

Two reasons I am glad to have read Luc Boltanski’s On Justification: I have been looking for something like Boltanski’s Framework for Analyzing the Common Worlds for two years: basically a structure for describing a lifeworld/worldview. Boltanski’s descriptions of the … Continue reading

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OPP

Obligatory Passage Point (OPP) is going to be a useful concept. From Wikipedia: Obligatory passage points are a feature of actor-networks, usually associated with the initial (problematization) phase of a translation process. An OPP can be thought of as the … Continue reading

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