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The seminar is organized around invited speakers, presentations by students, and an open discussion slot. The working language of the seminar is English. The seminar will take a place on June 11th and 12th, 2009 in 3W03.
The seminar is centered around the Science and technology studies (STS). It is the study of how social, political, and cultural values affect scientific research and technological innovation, and how these in turn affect society, politics, and culture.
Students are required to take as starting points the following books by Bruno Latour. The seminar topics will be based on those books. Bruno Latour: Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy (tr. by Catherine Porter), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., USA, 2004.
Bruno Latour: We have never been modern (tr. by Catherine Porter), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., USA, 1993.
Maurice Merlau-Ponty an existential phenomenologist was for a time a companion of Sartre. His understanding of Husserl was far greater than that of Merlau-Ponty's fellow existentialists. It has been said that his work Humanism and Terror greatly influenced Sartre. However in later years they were to disagree irreparably, dividing many existentialists such as de Beauvoir, who sided with Sartre. Michel Foucault would also be considered an existentialist through his use of history to reveal the constant alterations of created meaning, thus proving history's failure to produce a cohesive version of reality.
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