Death of sociologist Bruno Latour, figure of ecological thought

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

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PPhilosopher, sociologist, but also an important intellectual figure in ecology in France, Bruno Latour has passed away. Considered one of the greatest contemporary French intellectuals, he died on the night of Saturday to Sunday at the age of 75, his publisher, Les Éditions La Découverte, announced on Sunday. “La Découverte editions learned with sadness of the death of Bruno Latour last night in Paris. All our thoughts are with his family and loved ones,” the editorial wrote in a sent press release.

Awarded the Holberg Prize (2013) and the Kyoto Prize (2021) for all his work, Bruno Latour was an unclassifiable intellectual, concerned with field research. He was one of the figures of ecological thought. He is the author (alone or in collaboration) of works such as The Law Factory. An ethnography of the Conseil d’Etat, Laboratory life, We have never been modern, Les Microbes. War and peace (on Louis Pasteur) and the last Where I am ? written in the midst of the Covid crisis.

A struggle between “geosocial classes” revealed by recent crises

Born on June 22, 1947 in Beaune (Côte-d’Or) into a family of Burgundy wine merchants, Bruno Latour passed an attache in philosophy and then trained in anthropology in Côte d’Ivoire. He later taught at engineering schools, the École des Mines (where he was responsible for the “description of scientific controversies” course) and the Center for the Sociology of Innovation.

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Author of several essays published in English before being published in France, Bruno Latour has long been interested in questions of management and organization of research and, more generally, in the way in which society produces values ​​and truths, before moving on to the environmental crisis He was one of the first to perceive the importance of ecological thinking. In 2021, he confided to Agence France-Presse that the crises of climate change 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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