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Bruno Latour

Name: Bruno Latour, Professor, Centre de la Sociologie de l'Innovation, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris; University of California, San Diego

Presentation Title: "On the Use of Literature for the Understanding of Science: An Example from Pasteur's Writing"

Date: October 11, 1994


Literature studies is of great use for studying difficult philosophical questions in the philosophy of science, especially the question of how many metaphysical states scientist are able to simultaneously entertain. Latour attempts to demonstrate this point in a famous discovery of lactic acid.