Legendary Philosopher Bruno Latour’s Cause of Death Revealed
France’s most famous philosopher Bruno Latour is dead at the age of 75. He died overnight on October 9, 2022, his publisher, Les Éditions La Découverte, announced on Sunday.
He is the author of works such as The Life of laboratory, We were never modern, The factory of law. An ethnography of the Council of State, The Microbes. War and peace (on Louis Pasteur) and the last Where am I? written in the midst of the Covid crisis.
Bruno Latour was born on June 22, 1947, in Beaune, Côte-d’Or, France. He was a philosopher, anthropologist, and sociologist. Latour was mainly known for his work in the field of science and technology studies.
After teaching at the École des Mines de Paris from 1982 to 2006, Latour became a Professor at Sciences Po Paris from 2006 to 2017, where he was the scientific director of the Sciences Po Medialab.
Latour retired from several university activities in 2017. The legendary philosopher was also a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.
Bruno said in 2017 that he is interested in helping to rebuild trust in science. He noted that some of the authority of science needs to be regained.
Along with Michel Callon and John Law, he is one of the primary developers of actor-network theory (ANT), a constructionist approach affected by the ethnomethodology of Harold Garfinkel, the generative semiotics of Algirdas Julien Greimas, and the sociology of Émile Durkheim’s rival Gabriel Tarde.
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Is Bruno Latour Dead or Alive?
While many people were asking if Bruno Latour is dead or alive, his cause of death shocked them all. The great philosopher died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 75.
On 22 May 2008, Latour was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Université de Montréal on the occasion of an organizational communication conference held in praise of the work of James R. Taylor, on whom Bruno had an important influence.
He held several other honorary doctorates, as well as France’s Légion d’Honneur (2012). In 2021 Latour received the Kyoto Prize in the category “Thought and Ethics.”
On 13 March 2013, Latour was announced as the winner of the 2013 Holberg Prize. The prize committee stated that “Latour has undertaken an ambitious analysis and reinterpretation of modernity, and has challenged fundamental concepts such as the distinction between modern and pre-modern, nature and society, human and non-human.”
The committee said that the impact of his work “is evident internationally and far beyond studies of the history of science, art history, history, philosophy, anthropology, geography, theology, literature, and law.”
A 2013 article in Aftenposten by Norwegian philosopher Jon Elster criticized the conferment to Latour, by stating “The question is, does he deserve the prize. … If the statutes [of the award] had used new knowledge as a main criteria, instead of one of several, then he would be completely unqualified in my opinion.”
Bruno Latour’s death has come as a shock to family and close friends. His fans and friends expressed their deepest sadness and many fans also took to Twitter to send their condolences and tributes.
“Very sad to hear about Bruno Latour’s passing. Science in Action absolutely blew me away as an undergrad and really first sparked my passion for STS. RIP to an intellectual giant,” a Twitter user wrote.
Sociologist Olga Boїchak wrote: “His ideas were foundational to our understanding of the role technology plays in society. It might be that every social scientist has engaged with them at some point. ‘Nothing becomes real to the point of not needing a network in which to upkeep its existence’. RIP Bruno Latour.”
“A huge part of studying (many) humanities and social sciences today is spent on reading, understanding, and critiquing Latour. He is such an influential part of many intellectual biographies of folks my age. Time to raise – what else? – a glas of wine,” another user tweeted.
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