Defining Modernity: Stephen Gaukroger

I really can’t recommend this book highly enough as a contrast, perhaps even a chiaruscuro, to the Latourian (= Whitehead/ Stengers) narrative of Modernity. In Gaukroger, we have an account of the ‘naturalization of the human’ and the ‘humanization of the natural’ that seems to evade the hegemonic categories of ‘Nature’ and ‘Society’ that Latour has so carefully constructed. It’s an alternative account. And it will need to be calibrated with Latour’s. That’s all I can say at the moment.

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