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On the Partial Existence of Existing and Non-existing Objects

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Bruno Latour
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The paper tries to find an intermediary zone between metaphysics - especially that of Whitehead- and sociology or social history of science. It offers a sketchy but robust vocabulary to define the spatio-temporal envelop of phenomena, without having to take decisions on their existence or non-existence. The notion of network is then given a more precise metaphysics by pursuing how a phenomenon is then extended, through standardization and reformatting, into the classical status of existing or non-existing objetcs.
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hal-02057245 , version 1 (05-03-2019)

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Bruno Latour. On the Partial Existence of Existing and Non-existing Objects. Lorraine Daston. Biographies of scientific objects, University of Chicago Press, pp.247 - 269, 2000, 0226136728. ⟨hal-02057245⟩
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