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A Few Steps Toward the Anthropology of the Iconoclastic Gesture

Abstract : The paper -in part related to (67)- is an effort to get away from the conditioned reflex of the critical mode of thinking which highly values iconoclasm, anti-fetishim and anti-idolatry. Instead of another attempt at deconstruction it tries to reinstall the lost operation of « factishes” (that is fact+fetish). It is argued that by resinstating officially those factishes, the theory of action that is linked to construction —and deconctruction- can be replaced by a much more adjusted theory of mediations which provide the critical distance but not the anti-fetishism that usually goes with it.
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Bruno Latour. A Few Steps Toward the Anthropology of the Iconoclastic Gesture. Science in Context, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 1996, 10 (1), pp.63-83. ⟨10.1017/S0269889700000260⟩. ⟨hal-03597447⟩

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