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Critical Questions Lecture Series

Graham Harman

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The French theorist Bruno Latour continues to expand his already extensive influence in the social sciences, and is slowly emerging as a force to reckon with in philosophy as well. Latour has long been known for his actor-network theory. But beginning in 1987, Latour worked in secret on a parallel philosophical system in which networks are just one among fourteen separate modes of existence. This secret system was recently unveiled in Latour's new book An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence (Harvard University Press, 2013). This lecture will examine the principal features of Latour's new system and ask whether Latour's proclaimed philosophical shift is significant in its own right, and also whether it might have new implications for the various fields that take inspiration from Latour's work.

Graham Harman is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of ten books, most recently Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012), The Quadruple Object (2011), and Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making (2011). He is the editor of the Speculative Realism book series at Edinburgh University Press, and (with Bruno Latour) co-editor of the New Metaphysics book series at Open Humanities Press.


LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
Ag Science room
Free
Evan Gottlieb
Evan.Gottlieb at oregonstate.edu
School of Writing, Literature, and Film