College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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'

Lecture abstract

Once nature and the natural sciences are fully ''secularized'', it becomes possible to revisit also the category of the supernatural. Then, a different landscape opens which can be navigated through an attention to agencies and their composition. Such a freedom of movement allows the use of the rich anthropological literature to compare the ways different "collectives" manage to assemble and totalize different sets of agencies.

Lecture video