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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The clearest case was obviously that of surgery.

In this case all articles from to were treated and codified according to a single speci- fication that was also borrowed from semiotics. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Dec 17, Miquixote rated it really liked it Shelves: When a man follows a woman to her hotel, he thinks he is settling the transaction with a coin and ends his days in an asylum. At the time — that is, before Pasteur had made himself necessary to the hygienists — one thing was certain: Then he adds, without actually citing Pasteur: The young officer who held it got lost and could not find the generals; eventually he arrived late at night at a mansion between the front lines where, to his surprise, the high staff were carousing.

The Pasteurization of France by Bruno Latour. We cannot explain this closing operation by saying that microbi- ology was at the time an exact science.

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But since no passages were found to link the microbes of the dead with the living, they could declare cemeteries healthy Robinet: Lists with This Book. To reestablish democracy in the troubled time of the religious wars, Spinoza had to become agnostic as far as the biblical text was concerned and to devise new ways of understanding the shocking mixture of evangelical messages and massacres. We do not have to know what this writer “really” wants any more than we have to know what the generals surrounding Napoleon or Kutuzov “really” wrote in their marching orders.


The skepticism led straight to fatalism. Pasteur’s laboratory was only one among many others, and it was surrounded by the exhibits of innumerable industrialists, re- formers, leagues for the propagation of this or that, professions, and skills.

Please enter your name. The French analysts do not even hesitate.

The Pasteurization of France

If we recall the way in which different authors place Pasteur when they begin to talk about him in the early s, we are struck by one overwhelming fact: Everything had been admirably thought out, as dispositions always are, and as is always the case not a single column reached its objective at the appointed time” p. This double game of explanation — one creating po- tency, the other setting out the trials of strength — might seem no more than an amusing oddity.

What is this talk about attribution of responsibility, multitude of people, and missing orders? Pasteur, Louis — Pasteur, Pf. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.

The great man is grance in his laboratory, alone with his concepts, and he revolutionizes the society around him by the power of his mind alone. All the other sciences either influence only sections of society or require such a pasteurrization media- tion that in the end industry or the military always intervenes. To this end we have created, in a single movement, politics on one side and science or technoscience on the other Shapin and Schaffer: Mzeheter rated it it was amazing Feb 13, How was he able to galvanize the other forces to support his own research?


These polemical versions of what science is and should be are convenient to fight the barbarians and keep them at arm’s length; they are of no avail for describing what a polemic is and how science and war have come to be so intermingled.

Microbiology — Social aspects — France. It is, much more than his pride supposes, due to an anonymous, perpetual collaboration and to the exchange of ideas in the air, each of which makes its useful, obscure contribution” p.

War and Peace Followed by Irreductions Les microbes: To be sure, once Richet became its editor, the Revue was on Pasteur’s side and defended him “beyond the limit of all scientific prudence,” one might say.

His name is not yet associated with anything relating to disease.

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The last point is merely an utterance of my ignorance. The hygienists were not alone in inventing new forces. November 14, at 8: Life and good health were miracles, and neither the hygienists nor the doctors had much to do with them. A hygienist like Bouchardat always adds, without sub- tracting anything at all. Koch’s precautions weakened and interrupted the net- works that the hygienists wanted to extend and strengthen.

If socio-logy wishes to be the science of “social facts,” then it cannot understand this period.

As Richet continues, “Despite the progress of science, despite the advance of physicians and engineers, the hygienic economy of a great and ancient city hke Paris remains more or less out of control.