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Critical Questions Lecture Series
The Critical Questions lecture series brings prominent scholars in literature, rhetoric, and film to OSU. In addition to delivering a public talk, the speakers meet with graduate students to discuss such topics as: the genesis of their work; the state of the field as they see it; and the cultural relevance of scholarship in the humanities. Past speakers have included Miles Orvell, winner of the Bode-Pearson prize for lifetime achievement in American Studies; Holly Crocker, author of Chaucer's Visions of Manhood; Cindy Weinstein, Professor of English and Executive Officer in the Humanities at Caltech; and Carl Djerassi, prize-winning chemist and internationally recognized playwright.
Events in 2013-14
Early and Late Latour
February 25th, 2014
4:00pm, LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science room
The French theorist Bruno Latour continues to expand his already extensive influence in the social sciences, and is slowly emerging as a force to reckon with in philosophy as well. Latour has long been known for his actor-network theory. But beginning in 1987, Latour worked in secret on a parallel philosophical system in which networks are just one among fourteen separate modes of existence. This secret system was recently unveiled in Latour's new book An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence (Harvard University Press, 2013). This lecture will examine the principal features of Latour's new system and ask whether Latour's proclaimed philosophical shift is significant in its own right, and also whether it might have new implications for the various fields that take inspiration from Latour's work.
Graham Harman is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of ten books, most recently Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012), The Quadruple Object (2011), and Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making (2011). He is the editor of the Speculative Realism book series at Edinburgh University Press, and (with Bruno Latour) co-editor of the New Metaphysics book series at Open Humanities Press.