17.171 a philosophy of tools

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             Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 06:17:26 +0100
             From: galloway@ischool.utexas.edu
             Subject: re 17.163 a philosophy of tools

    Heidegger has interesting things to say about "equipment," but
    "actor-network theory" is especially very relevant here: it includes
    objects as "actants" (bearing "captured agency" per Andrew Pickering) in a
    network of signification. Major players are Latour, Law, Callon. There has
    been a huge discussion in the social studies of science and technology
    literature about the theory-ladenness of tools ever since (most famously)
    Latour & Woolgar's Laboratory Life outed the implications of their
    Pat Galloway
    University of Texas-Austin

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