By John Law
John legislation argues that equipment do not simply describe social realities yet also are serious about developing them. the consequences of this argument are hugely major. if that is so, equipment are continuously political, and it increases the query of what forms of social realities we wish to create. most present tools search for readability and precision. it's always acknowledged that basically negative study produces messy findings, and the concept that issues on the planet should be fluid, elusive, or a number of is unthinkable. Law's startling argument is this is incorrect and it's time for a brand new process. Many realities, he says, are imprecise and ephemeral. If tools need to know and aid to form the realm, then they should reinvent themselves and their politics to accommodate mess. that's the problem. not anything much less will do.
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Dieter: Oh yes. Rose: Well, has it been known for a long time? Dieter: Well yes and no . . there is a paper by Harrison showing that they do not obtain. (1986, 160) Like any other conversation, this can be interpreted in various ways. However, the most straightforward reading suggests that Rose and Dieter, like the Albertian artist, are committed to and assume all ﬁve of the features of reality mentioned above. Primitive out-thereness? Yes. MSH and Beta LPH are only two of the external entities that appear in the conversation.
Our point is that ‘out-there-ness’ is the consequence of scientiﬁc work rather than its cause. We therefore wish to stress the importance of timing. (1986, 182) The practices of science make relations, but as they make relations they also make realities. This is why Latour and Woolgar are interested in timing. Beforehand things are not clear and the realities in question are not yet made. 25 This means that scientific work is both robust and insecure. Its insecurity, typically invisible to outsiders, is apparent to anyone who visits a laboratory or knows anything about the actual conduct of science.
Latour 1997, xiii–xiv) Latour, here twenty years on, is talking about Isabelle Stengers’s philosophy of science28 (and his talk of propositions rather than statements is a small but potentially misleading change in vocabulary). But the overall argument remains the same. It is not a matter of words representing things. Words and worlds go together. Propositions (as he is now calling them) include realities – include a collective. Include and grow from what I am calling the hinterland. Certain additional consequences follow.
After Method: Mess in Social Science Research by John Law