Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour has become one of the most influential figures throughout the social sciences in the past twenty years. His highly original thought is almost impossible to categorize, ranging from philosophy and the sociology of science to religion, anthropology and law. He made his name by his contributions to Science and Technology Studies (STS), most famously in his seminal Laboratory Life: The Social Construction of Scientific Facts, but is now best known for his development of 'Actor-Network Theory', which has challenged conventional views of social reality by bringing non-humans into the picture. These theoretical innovations, blending anthropology, philosophy and sociology, have proven controversial and influential, inspiring figures in fields ranging from anthropology to philosophy and aesthetics. Polity has published his The Making of Law and Rejoicing: Or the Torments of Religious Speech, and will publish his investigation into the Anthropocene, Facing Gaia: A New Enquiry into Natural Religion, in 2017.