CFP: 2014 DASTS Conference on RUC

December 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

Call for papers: Enacting Futures

This year’s DASTS conference wants to highlight and display the political, conceptual and practical consequences of the ontological turn. Rather than continuing with the Modern belief in grand narratives and a singular ontology, researchers within the field of STS outline an alternative history with several modes of existence and thus a plurality of truth conditions. But what are the implications of multiple modes of existence? How are diplomatic encounters and politics performed across modes? And what does the plurality of truth conditions mean for the institution of Academia? How can we envision new forms of posthumanities in socio-technical worlds? With these questions, the theme of the conference will be enactments of futures.  « Read the rest of this entry »

AIME Reading Group Continues Forward

November 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just a quick update and reminder to my readers that the AIME research group continues to move forward. We now have some very thorough and interesting response posts up through Chapter 7 of Bruno Latour’s book. As before the link to the site is here. If you are currently reading An Inquiry into Modes of Existence and want to contribute to our site feel free to drop me a line in the comments.

Speaking at Claremont

October 21, 2013 § 9 Comments

I’ll be giving a talk on Cosmopolitics through the Center for Process Studies at Claremont this Friday. Feel free to stop by if you’re in the area. Details are posted below. Flyer_SCHEDULEPolTheoryEntangle_Conference

Philosophies of Significance

October 9, 2013 § 46 Comments

tumblr_mpu617LJ6g1sa1bljo1_500[Photo: Casey Cripe]

Alva Noë recently posted a short commentary on the entanglement of science and values. I think readers will be interested in it. At first blush Noë’s point is fairly straight forward: Science and values are always entangled because the very characteristics science depends on — reason, consistency, coherence, plausibility, and replicability — are themselves values. Without some kind of agreement that these are the values that best serve the creation of scientific facts there would be no foundation upon which the sciences could maintain consistency. Science depends on a set of extra-scientific decisions, and we need to pursue and cultivate these decisions in order for the possibility of science to emerge in the first place. Simple enough. « Read the rest of this entry »

Infratheory and Metatheory

September 26, 2013 § 5 Comments

I am happy to announce that I will be contributing an essay to the forthcoming anthology Metatheory for the 21st Century: Critical Realism & Integral Theory in Dialogue. The book is scheduled to be published in 2014 and will appear in Roy Bhaskar’s series in Critical Realism through Routledge Press. While the title indicates the focus is on Critical Realism and Integral Theory, the volume also incorporates many influences from additional sources including speculative realism, object-oriented ontology, actor-network theory, and new materialism. In one way or another each of these approaches have something to say about “Metatheory for the 21st century,” and I suspect the divergences and similarities between these many strands of thought will produce a complex and interesting dialogue. My own contribution to the volume is titled “Infratheory and Metatheory: Bruno Latour’s Metaphysics Meets Integral Theory and Critical Realism.” I am uploading a copy of my précis in pdf format here, and also including it below.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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