College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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'

Lecture abstract

The set of questions around the two words "natural religion" implies that only the second word is a coded and thus a disputed category, the first one being taken for granted and uncoded. But if it can be shown that the very notion of nature is a theological construct, we might be able to shift the problem somewhat: the question becomes not to save or resurrect "natural religion", but to dispose of it by offering at last a ''secular'' version of nature and of the natural sciences.

Lecture video