"No-Matter-What" & Bruno Latour, Where are the missing masses? The sociology of a few mundane artifacts, 1992 in: Object Reader, p. 229-254
Latour's notion of artifacts
- flat look at human and thing (equal)
- technology has profound impact on sociality
- "The bizarre idea that society might be made up of human relations is a mirror image of the other no less bizarre idea that techniques might be made up of nonhuman relations"
- "any artifact is only a portion of a program of action and of the fight necessary to win against many antiprograms"
Draw two columns:
Tristan Garcia, Form and Object - A Treatise on Things, Edinburgh University Press 2014 (Presses Universitaires de France 2010), p. 19-38: "No-Matter-What"
Garcia's notion of things
- speculative realism -->talks about concrete objects and also non-existed object
- make human things -->critique "today, universal humanism and animal ethics clearly embody this spirit by distinguishing human beings, or the set of sentient, suffering beings from other things" -->"a system of exceptions in the world of things is never an 'ethical' or 'just' system, but rather a metaphysical system of the determination of inequalities between things, of 'more-than-things', which cannot be elements of this system"
- "a thing cannot derive from anything other than another thing. No philosophical magic trick will ever give us the appearance of things from a more fundamental principle of a non-differentiation or supper-difference of things"