The book is made of two parts: the first one is a detailed exploration of the litterature around Pasteur’s rise from obscurity to fame and of the corresponding. The Pasteurization of France [Bruno Latour, Alan Sheridan, John Law] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What can one man accomplish. The pasteurization of France: Bruno Latour, translated by Alan Sheridan and John Law (Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Press.

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In order to act effectively between men — that is, to go to Mecca, to survive in the Congo, to bring fine, healthy children to birth, to get manly regiments — we have to “make room” for microbes.

With these certainties, a new route is both described and dug. It is easy to imagine the extraordinary enthusiasm of all the hygienists called upon to discover the traces of an enemy that seemed so erratic as to summon up the whole explanation of morbid spontaneity. Strong Microbes and Weak Hygienists 15 If the whole of Europe transformed its conditions of existence at the end of the last century, we should not attribute the efficacy of this extraordinary leap forward to the great genius of a single man.

The book is, however, definitely still a worthwhile read.

Such a view is no more tenable than is the statement that Kutuzov defeated Napoleon. A peculiar revolution indeed! If we open the scientific literature of the time, we find stories that define for us who are the main actors, what happens to them.


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The translation appears quite clearly. Semiotics provides me with a discipline, but since it is too meticulous to cover a period of fifty years and thousands of pages, the semiotic method is here limited to the interdefinition of actors and to the chains of translations. But Tyndall did not have to be a prophet to propose such a date. The Pas- teurians were to arrive on the scene like players in a game of Scrabble. How could Richet know how many developments the few laboratory cases would have?

Bruno Latour – The Pasteurization of France

Instead of leading to sociological reductionism, this method leads to an unexpected irreductionism. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Then he adds, without actually citing Pasteur: Which explains the other? Describes Pasteur’s roles in improving health practices in France and identifies the other forces that helped implement his ideas about health care. He imposes his preconceived certainties on the investigation. When in the morning Kutuzov got up to fight a battle he did not want to fight, he discovered to his fury that not a single soldier was prepared. Who indeed could still argue about that?

Pasteur, by the laboratory at Montsouris [run by Miquel, a microbiologist], and by the municipal chemistry laboratory of the city of Paris.

From July on, Pasteur claims, he was mobilizing science for the cure of “the Prussian canker”pp. This is not a minor point, for it helps us to explain two very different things: This 48 War and Peace of Microbes solution was pasteurkzation of the “old” hygiene with its precautionary ac- cumulatory methods.


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He then went to Africa, to complete his military service, working for a French organization similar to the American Peace Corps. Indeed, no one during the battle knew for sure which was the horse and which the cart, the action continually drifting away from what was intended. However, even at the cost of a fiction, it is crucial to rediscover, at least in imagination, the crowds moving the moun- tain, so that we can understand later how the Pasteurians came to be their spokesmen and were regarded as the “cause” of the movement.

We Must Know How to Bring a Science to an End The only way by which the hygienists could make their achievements irreversible was to hnk the fate of what they were doing to something else that was less disputable. After the cure of Joseph Meister alone, Richet exclaims: Get free access to newly published articles. To this end we have created, in a single movement, politics on one side and science or technoscience on the other Shapin and Schaffer: There must be certain things that we can no longer go back on.