French philosopher Bruno Latour dies

French philosopher Bruno Latour dies
French philosopher Bruno Latour dies

Africa-Press – Botswana. Philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour, considered one of the greatest contemporary French intellectuals, has died at the age of 75, his publisher Éditions La Découverte announced this Sunday.

“Editions La Découverte is saddened to learn of the death of Bruno Latour last night (Saturday) in Paris. All our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones,” the editor writes, in a statement sent to Agence France-Presse. (AFP).

Bruno Latour was, as the New York Times wrote in 2018, “the most famous and misunderstood of French philosophers”. The author highlighted ecological issues and the climate crisis and won the Holberg Prize (2013) and the Kyoto Prize (2021). ) for his work, such as “La fabrique du droit. Une ethnographie du Conseil d’état”, “La Vie de laboratoire”, “Nous n’avons ever été modernes”, “Les Microbes. Guerre et paix” (sur Louis Pasteur) and “Où suis-je ?”, the latter written during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many personalities and institutions reacted to the announcement of his death, namely the French Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, who, through the social network Twitter, praised “a humanist and plural spirit, recognized throughout the world before being recognized in France”.

Born on June 22, 1947 in Beaune (Central-Eastern France) into a family of Burgundy wine merchants, Bruno Latour studied Philosophy and Anthropology and taught in France, Germany and the United States of America, where he was a guest professor at Harvard .

He was the author of two plays and several essays published in English before being published in France. In 2021, in statements to AFP, he said that the crises caused by climate change and the pandemic have highlighted a violent struggle between “geo-social classes”.

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