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$85.00 • £68.95 • €76.50

ISBN 9780674933125

Publication Date: 01/01/1992


384 pages

6 x 9 inches

24 illustrations

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I always read Tanner with admiration for the activity and enthusiasm of his mind, and this book shows those qualities to such a degree…that I have no hesitation in calling it his finest book so far… Tanner is one of the diminishing number of critics who continue to delight in literature and whose principal effort is to induce delight in the reader. This is a work of rare excellence.—Sir Frank Kermode, King’s College, Cambridge

This is not so much a work of academic scholarship (though the scholars would do well to mine it for insights) as an extremely personal testimony to the author’s own ‘site of writing.’ The recognitions are brilliant; the prose is powerful and sustained; the readings are nuanced and subtle.—Richard Macksey, Johns Hopkins University

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In awarding Bruno Latour the 2021 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, the Inamori Foundation said he has “revolutionized the conventional view of science” and “his philosophy re-examines ‘modernity’ based on the dualism of nature and society.” Below is an excerpt from An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. For more than twenty years, scientific and technological controversies have proliferated in number and scope, eventually reaching the climate itself. Since geologists are beginning to use the term “Anthropocene” to designate the era of Earth’s history that follows the Holocene