Keith Peterson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Colby)

Nov. 29 at 7:00 in Lovejoy 100

Bruno LatourWhat if science studies theorist Bruno Latour is right that thinking of ourselves as “revolutionary” is one of the central constitutive myths of Modernity? What if, as he asserts, “we have never been Modern”? This talk explores the basis of Latour’s anti-revolutionary claim and considers some responses to these questions and their implications.

Keith Peterson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College. His primary areas of interest include philosophies of nature and environment, value theory, philosophical anthropology, and Continental philosophy. He teaches courses in all of these areas, and is currently completing a monograph on environmental philosophy entitled A World not Made for Us: Topics in Critical Environmental Philosophy.

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