Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern

  title={Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern},
  author={Bruno Latour},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={225 - 248}
  • B. Latour
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Political Science, Art
  • Critical Inquiry
Wars. Somanywars.Wars outside andwars inside.Culturalwars, science wars, and wars against terrorism.Wars against poverty andwars against the poor. Wars against ignorance and wars out of ignorance. My question is simple: Should we be at war, too, we, the scholars, the intellectuals? Is it really our duty to add fresh ruins to fields of ruins? Is it really the task of the humanities to add deconstruction to destruction? More iconoclasm to iconoclasm?What has become of the critical spirit? Has it… 
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