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Bruno Latour
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Bruno Latour in 2017
Born 22 June 1947 (1947-06-22) (age 74)
Alma mater ORSTOM
Université de Tours (Ph.D.)
Notable work
Laboratory Life (1979), Science in Action (1987), We Have Never Been Modern (1991), Politics of Nature (1999)
Awards Holberg Prize (2013)
Region Western philosophy
Institutions École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris
Mines ParisTech
Sciences Po
London School of Economics
University of Amsterdam
Notable ideas
Actor–network theory

Bruno Latour (born 22 June 1947) is a French philosopher. Known for his work in science and technology, Latour has taught at several universities, including École des Mines de Paris, Sciences Po and London School of Economics. Latour has also authored several books, including Laboratory Life (1979), Science in Action (1987) and We Have Never Been Modern (1991). In 2007, he was the tenth most-cited author in the field of social sciences.


Latour received a Ph.D. in theology from Université de Tours. He became interested in anthropology and went to Ivory Coast to do fieldwork for a paper on race and colonies.

In 1982, Latour started teaching at École des Mines de Paris. In 2005, he took the position of Spinoza Chair of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. He finished teaching at École des Mines de Paris in 2006 to become a scientific director at Sciences Po. In 2017, he retired from most university activities.

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