The daguerreotype’s first frame: François Arago’s moral economy of instruments

  title={The daguerreotype’s first frame: François Arago’s moral economy of instruments},
  author={John Tresch},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Science},
  • John Tresch
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology, Philosophy
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Abstract This paper examines the meanings of the daguerreotype for the astronomer and physicist who introduced it to the world, Francois Arago. The regime of knowledge production which held sway at the birth of photography implied an alternative view of the moral and political implications of machines from that usually suggested by discussions of ‘mechanization’. Instead of celebrating detachment, instantaneity, transparency and abstraction, Arago understood instruments and human citizens as… Expand
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