The sociologist Bruno Latour, a figure of ecological thought, died

The intellectual known for his reflections on the philosophy and sociology of science died this Sunday at the age of 75.

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P.philosopher, sociologist, but also a great intellectual figure of ecology in France, Bruno Latour has disappeared. Considered one of the greatest contemporary French intellectuals, he died overnight from Saturday to Sunday at the age of 75, his publisher, Les Éditions La Découverte announced Sunday. “Edizioni La Découverte sadly learned of Bruno Latour’s death last night in Paris. All our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones, “the publishing house wrote in a sent press release.

Winner of the Holberg Prize (2013) and the Kyoto Prize (2021) for all his work, Bruno Latour was an unclassifiable intellectual interested in field research. He was one of the figures of ecological thought. He is the author (alone or in collaboration) of works such as The factory of law. An ethnography of the Conseil d’Etat, La Vie de laboratory, We were never modern, Les Microbes. War and peace (about Louis Pasteur) and the last Where am I ? written in the midst of the Covid emergency.

A struggle between “geosocial classes” revealed by the recent crises

Born on June 22, 1947 in Beaune (Côte-d’Or) to a family of wine merchants from Burgundy, Bruno Latour passed an aggregation in philosophy and then trained in anthropology in the Ivory Coast. He then taught in engineering schools, at the École des Mines (where he edited the course “Description of scientific controversies”) and at the Center for the sociology of innovation.

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Author of numerous essays published in English before being published in France, Bruno Latour has long been interested in the management and organization of research and, more generally, in the way in which society produces values ​​and truth, before turning to the crisis. environmental. He was one of the first to perceive the importance of ecological thinking. In 2021 he confided to Agence France-Presse that the climate change crises and the pandemic have brutally revealed a struggle between “geosocial classes”. “Capitalism has dug its own grave. Now is the time to fix. “

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