Packet switching works well for moving data — why not use it for moving humans? In a nutshell, the French Aramis transit project proposed packet switching as a. This book was originally published as Aramis, l’amour des Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Latour, Bruno. [Aramis. I:onglish]. Aramis. Aramis is a very high tech automated subway that was developped in France during the 80s; after its sudden demise, an investigation has been requested in the.

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Latour, a French sociologist of science, is quite serious…about what he is creating—a new genre of fiction and reality that tells a larger truth… [The Aramis project] may have been a wild goose chase, but some honkers end up in the oven. Aramis, or the Love of Technologyin this translation by Catherine Porter, comes out the way a game bird should, au pointjuicy and delicious.

Aramis, or the Love of Technology by Bruno Latour

Its critical force comes from using ethnography to enable technology to speak, or rather, by allowing us to hear the voice of technology speaking indirectly through administrative documents, political rhetoric, engineering specifications, business plans, fiction, and philosophy.


On the basis of a detailed empirical study, he has written three books in one: Watson; a scholarly treatise introducing the modern sociology of technology; and a reproduction of original archival documents.

It also provides, mainly in the form of methodological discussions, the groundwork for a theory of technology and society. This time round, the author of such seminal sociology of science texts as We Have Never Been Modern has set out to do something daring: This claim is not easy to make plausible, but Latour is very good at doing so.

He is perhaps the best contemporary exponent of the philosophy of interchanges, of continuous passages across traditional dualisms and traditional disciplinary borders.

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This is because he combines philosophical sophistication with genuine delight in empirical fieldwork, a fluent and flexible style, an amazingly wide range of reference, and wit. Aramis is often hilarious. Any policy maker who contemplates spending public money on technological innovation should read it before signing his or her first contractual agreement.

It should also be read by anybody looking for some genuinely fresh philosophical ideas.

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. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss.

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