Methodologies of Travel: William James and the Ambulatory Pragmatism of Bruno Latour

Methodologies of Travel: William James and the Ambulatory Pragmatism of Bruno Latour <p>abstract:</p><p>This article argues for the methodological resonance shared by Bruno Latour and William James in order to understand Latour’s affiliation with pragmatism. Unlike many readers of Latour, I suggest that his relation with pragmatism is primarily methodological rather than primarily ontological. To clarify this, I look to the resonances between James’s methodological pragmatism and Latour’s actor-network methodology. Latour’s pragmatism resonates with James’s as it incorporates a methodological focus on practices and objects, and as it furthers underdeveloped themes of motion in James’s pragmatism. This methodological alliance, I argue, consists in a modification of the metaphoric of method from one of Cartesian construction to one of movement and travel.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Speculative Philosophy Penn State University Press

Methodologies of Travel: William James and the Ambulatory Pragmatism of Bruno Latour

The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Volume 33 (4) – Feb 20, 2020

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<p>abstract:</p><p>This article argues for the methodological resonance shared by Bruno Latour and William James in order to understand Latour’s affiliation with pragmatism. Unlike many readers of Latour, I suggest that his relation with pragmatism is primarily methodological rather than primarily ontological. To clarify this, I look to the resonances between James’s methodological pragmatism and Latour’s actor-network methodology. Latour’s pragmatism resonates with James’s as it incorporates a methodological focus on practices and objects, and as it furthers underdeveloped themes of motion in James’s pragmatism. This methodological alliance, I argue, consists in a modification of the metaphoric of method from one of Cartesian construction to one of movement and travel.</p>

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Published: Feb 20, 2020

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