Russian Connection

Just in time to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mathias Rust’s famous vacation to Moscow, Russian Magazine Project International features this month an old cartoon from this blog. Actually -unlike Mr. Rust- I came in as a guest. Last month, Sergei Sitar, from Project Russia, contacted me in order to publish one of the Latour&SloterdijkContinue reading “Russian Connection”

Latour in Urbicande

Click to enlarge “Octobre 17: The physical manifestation of the actor-network theory reappeared last night. I took a couple of Glocalyne tablets, but they just seemed to worsen the effect.It seems delightfully paradoxical that this state of hyperconnectivity has confined me to the solitude of my room…” Hmm… After a couple of weeks of obscurity,Continue reading “Latour in Urbicande”

Le Grand Tour (On Being Glocal)

Click or go here Universalism used to be a rather simple affair: the more detached from local traditions, the more universal you became. If the stoics could be called ‘citizens of the world’, it’s because they accepted being part of the ‘human race’, above and beyond the narrow labels of ‘Greek’ and ‘barbarian’. A regularContinue reading “Le Grand Tour (On Being Glocal)”

Latour and Sloterdijk (III)

Click to enlarge What would be amusing, if it had not been such a waste of time, is that “spiritualists” have exerted themselves for three centuries trying to save from the diluvium the little arch of the human soul floating on the vast ocean of the ever-mounting res extensa, without realizing that this ocean wasContinue reading “Latour and Sloterdijk (III)”

Bruno Latour and Peter Sloterdijk (II)

Click to enlarge The opposite strategies of naturalization and socialization are able to stupefy the mind only because they are always thought of separately. But as soon as you combine the two moves, you realize that nature and society are two perfectly happy bedfellows whose opposition is a farce, and that what Peter and IContinue reading “Bruno Latour and Peter Sloterdijk (II)”

Bruno Latour and Peter Sloterdijk (I)

Click to enlarge I was born a Sloterdijkian. When, thirty years ago, I was preparing the proofs of Laboratory Life, I had included in the pictures, to the disgust of my scientist informants, a black-and-white photograph of the air-conditioned machinery of the Salk Institute in which I had done my fieldwork. “What does this hasContinue reading “Bruno Latour and Peter Sloterdijk (I)”