Lecture 2: A Shift in Agency - with apologies to David Hume




An attempt to articulate Latour's second Gifford lecture .

  1. Latour opened with a quotation from Hume's "Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion"as a means of exploring natural religion. He brings up questions about it. What are these?
    • Dialogue has three protagonists but there's also Pamphilas "who says nothing but who is supposed to have written it." [Why does Latour bring up this point?
    • ?
  2. Latour continues to use the translation table as a way of

Translation Tables Between Owwaab and Religion


Natural Religion
Entity
(Theos)
OWWAAB or Nature One
(epistemological)
OWWAAB or Nature Two
(critical)
GEITY of Religion One
(epistemological)
Religion 2
(spiritual)
""
Nature

(anthropological)


Agency distribution
(Nomos)
Outside
Inside
Exteriority (radically outside and radically inside [?]; heaven, earth)
Incarnation
""
Unified
Multiple
Unified
Trinity
""
De-animated
Animated
Over-animated
Salvation
""
Undisputable
Disputable
Undisputable
Proximity
People
(Demos)
Anyone
Scientists
Anyone + Church
Church (people organized by rites & rituals)


Latour suggests shifting between