College of Humanities & Social Science

Professor Bruno Latour

Information on Professor Bruno Latour's Gifford Lecture Series, 'Facing Gaia: A new enquiry into Natural Religion'

Bruno Latour

Facing Gaia. A new enquiry into Natural Religion

Event details

Lecture series title: Facing Gaia. A new enquiry into Natural Religion

Dates: 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28 February 2013 all at 5.30 pm

Venue: St Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Found include article with no content reference.

Biography

Bruno Latour is Professor at Sciences Po Paris and has also been Professor at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris and visiting Professor at University of California (San Diego), at the London School of Economics and Harvard University.

After field studies in Africa and California he specialized in the analysis of scientists and engineers at work. In addition to work in philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology of science, he has collaborated on many studies in science policy and research management, producing significant works such as Laboratory Life, Science in Action, The Pasteurization of France​, and more recently Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor Network Theory.

He has also published an anthology of essays, Pandora's Hope: Essays in the Reality of Science Studies, which explore the consequences of the "science wars" and has made a valuable contribution to the political philosophy of the environment with the book Politics of Nature. In a further series of books, he has explored the consequences of science studies on religion in On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods and Rejoice (the latter to be published by Polity Press).

Facing Gaia. A New Inquiry into Natural Religion

There could be no better theme for a lecture series on natural religion than that of Gaia, this puzzling figure that has emerged recently in public discourse from Earth science as well as from many activist and spiritual movements. The problem is that the expression of ''natural religion'' is somewhat of a pleonasm, since Western definitions of nature borrow so much from theology. The set of lectures attempts to decipher the face of Gaia in order to redistribute the notions that have been packed too tightly into the composite notion of ''natural religion''.

Lecture videos and abstracts

1. Once Out of Nature - natural religion as a pleonasm

Professor Bruno Latour's first lecture, 'Once Out of Nature - natural religion as a pleonasm'

2. A Shift in Agency - with apologies to David Hume

Professor Bruno Latour's second lecture, 'A Shift in Agency - with apologies to David Hume'

3. The Puzzling Face of a Secular Gaia

Professor Bruno Latour's third lecture, 'The Puzzling Face of a Secular Gaia'

4. The Anthropocene and the Destruction of the Image of the Globe

Professor Bruno Latour's fourth lecture, 'The Anthropocene and the Destruction of the Image of the Globe'

5. War of the Worlds: Humans against Earthbound

Professor Bruno Latour's fifth lecture, 'War of the Worlds: Humans against Earthbound'

6. Inside the 'Planetary Boundaries': Gaia's Estate

Professor Bruno Latour's sixth lecture, 'Inside the "Planetary Boundaries": Gaia's Estate'