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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Although elected to the prestigious Academie Francaise in 1990, Michele Serres has long been considered a maverick-a provocative thinker whose prolific writings on culture, science, and philosophy have often baffled more than they have enlightened. In five lively interviews with sociologists Bruno Latour, this increasingly important cultural figure sheds light on the ideas that inspire his highly original, challenging, and transdisciplinary essays.
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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Literature and Science
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (May 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472065483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472065486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Science is full of magic and myth. But so-called "primitive" people are also very scientific. So what is the difference between modern and primitive, between science and magic? Maybe not as much as we have been led to think.

Michel Serres is a wild, marginal philosopher whose 20 dense, often obscure books try to break down the boundaries between science, culture, and art. Bruno Latour is an anthropologist of scientists, author of pathbreaking studies of the strange and unscientific, almost magical, work of laboratory scientists. Here we have a series of five deep, clear, and often playful conversations between the two. No jargon, fast pace, a peek at two brilliant minds on the key issues in science and literature.

They both know their science--Serre started as a mathematician--and neither are Luddites who want to tear science down. But both argue that science often conceals more than it reveals, and they show how both science and arts build barriers between human beings and nature, for example, or between the present and the past, the modern and the primitive. One of Serres' best examples of how little difference there is between science and religion is his comparison between the science of a Carthaginian sacrificial rite (where children were killed inside a giant bronze statue) and the magic of the space program (where astronauts died inside a giant machine).

BL ...it seems to me that there is a double test---first you link Baal and the Challenger, then they have to exchange their properties in a symmetrical fashion. We are supposed to understand the Carthaginians' practice of human sacrifice by immersing ourselves in the Challenger event, but, inversely, we are supposed to understand what technology is through the Carthaginian religion.
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I had hopes, but really if I have to read one more sentence about how deeply trained Serres is, how he is three scholars in one and knows so much more than everyone else, I just might . . . fall asleep. But really, it did make it hard to get my teeth in the book - I kept skimmin, waiting for some substance . .. maybe its in there, but I couldn't find the patience needed to locate it
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An amazing and enlightening book on the possible interacctions of culture and science towar the understanding of chaos.
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Reading Serrres before this book was something of an adventure... You never know in advance quite what to get out of a reading of his work. Now, being able to flesh out all of the vaguenesses of his work with a general outline of this man's mind, I am more perplexed than ever. He comes across as very childlike in many respects and also very WEIRD. Seemed like Latour was humoring him in some parts as well. I admire Serres just as much having read this, if ony because he is stepping off onto a ledge in attempts to perhaps create something entirely (? ) original in the history of philosophical thought.
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