ISBN-10:
0674043235
ISBN-13:
9780674043237
Pub. Date:
04/01/1996
Publisher:
Harvard
Aramis, or the Love of Technology / Edition 1

Aramis, or the Love of Technology / Edition 1

by Bruno Latour
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Overview

Bruno Latour has written a unique and wonderful tale of a technological dream gone wrong. As the young engineer and professor follow Aramis' trail—conducting interviews, analyzing documents, assessing the evidence—perspectives keep shifting: the truth is revealed as multilayered, unascertainable, comprising an array of possibilities worthy of Rashomon. The reader is eventually led to see the project from the point of view of Aramis, and along the way gains insight into the relationship between human beings and their technological creations. This charming and profound book, part novel and part sociological study, is Latour at his thought-provoking best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674043237
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/01/1996
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bruno Latour is Professor at Sciences Po, Paris, and the 2013 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize.

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue: Who Killed Aramis?

1. An Exciting Innovation

2. Is Aramis Feasible?

3. Shilly-Shallying in the Seventies

4. Interphase: Three Years of Grace

5. The 1984 Decision: Aramis Exists for Real

6. Aramis at the CET Stage: Will It Keep Its Promises?

7. Aramis Is Ready to Go (Away)

Epilogue: Aramis Unloved

Glossary

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Aramis is a case study, a sociological investigation, and, yes, a detective novel unlike any ever written--a carefully constructed, non-fictional narrative of the negotiated fictions that underwrite our mechanical inventions. Latour, one of the most supple and rewarding practitioners of any science, shows that the construction of technological society is at base a human drama and must be told in a commensurate manner. Here at last is science studies that avoids self-exemption and partakes, with humor and emotion, of the very processes it depicts. Aramis is a strange but deep book that comes to counterintuitive, urgent conclusions, pleading for more successful parlay between technology and humanism, animate and inanimate, body and soul. This story has much to say about the world we want to build, the world we think we are building, and the worlds we have failed to pull off.

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