Bruno Latour ja tieteentutkimus

Bruno Latour and Science Studies

The article evaluates Bruno Latour's actor-network theory from the point of view of science studies. The author compares Latour's ontological views with David Bloor's causalist programme and finds some surprising similarities between them. The article discusses Latour's principle of generalised symmetry and argues that its relevance to empirical research is negligible and that it is incompatible with the question-setting of sociology of knowledge. The conclusion is that Latour's empirical findings can be presented without his philosophical views and that the actor-network theory is more like a vocabulary for presenting results of research than a theory.

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