Bruno Latour, philosophe et sociologue des sciences, est professeur à Sciences-Po Paris. Il a écrit de nombreux ouvrages et articles sur l’anthropologie du monde moderne. Son dernier livre, publié à La Découverte, Enquête sur les modes d'existence (2012) permet de situer l'analyse de la parole religieuse parmi les autres modes.
01/10/2015 - Michel Eltchaninoff - Philosophie Magazine
Latour explores what it could mean to live at the epoch of the Anthropocene when what was until now a mere décor for human history is becoming the principal actor. He confronts head on the controversial figure of Gaia, that is, the Earth understood not as system but as what has a history, what mobilizes everything in the same geostory. Gaia is not Nature, nor is it a deity. In order to face a secular Gaia, we need to extract ourselves from the amalgam of Religion and Nature. It is a new form of political power that has to be explored through a renewed attempt at political theology composed of those three concepts: demos, theos and nomos. It is only once the multiplicity of people in conflicts for the new geopolitics of the Anthropocene is recognized, that the ‘planetary boundaries’ might be recognized as political delineations and the question of peace addressed. Neither Nature nor Gods bring unity and peace. ‘The people of Gaia’, the Earthbound might be the ‘artisans of peace’.
Bruno Latour, a philosopher and sociologist of science, is a professor at Sciences-Po Paris and an associate professor at the London School of Economics. He has written numerous books and articles on the anthropology of the modern world which have been translated around the world. His last book, published by La Découverte, Enquête sur les modes d’existence (2012), revisits the heart of our collective life and its regimes of truth : science and technology, as well as law, religion, politics, and of course, the economy. Facing Gaia follows a series of six lectures he gave at the University of Edinburgh as part of the prestigious Gifford Lectures, where figures such as Whitehead, Bergson, James, Arendt, and Aron have also spoken.