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the rhetoric of instauration: Latour's Modes of Existence, Part 1

I decided to hold of writing further on Latour until I made my way to the end of the first part of the book (about 1/3 of the way through). As I wrote in my earlier post, I find this text deals centrally with issues that concern rhetoricians (not that all rhetoricians will agree with […]

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rhetoric and Latour's Modes of Existence

I’ve only read the first few chapters of this book, so these are some initial impressions. Probably the most surprising thing for readers of Latour is what he does with actor-network theory. It’s not that he dispenses with it. He just decides that it is only one part of a larger puzzle. Essentially he explains […]

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writing know-how and ontology

Here’s an excerpt from a draft of the introduction to my current book project that discusses DeLanda’s recent Speculations essay on “Ontological Commitments.” As I will explore, a speculative rhetoric offers several key methodological and theoretical advantages in extricating ourselves from our print biases. Briefly put, a speculative rhetoric eschews the anthropocentric biases of traditional […]

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speculative rhetoric and the mooc

These are my two areas of interest. Well, “mooc” is really a stand-in for the more nebulous issues of digital literacy, pedagogy, and scholarship (a constellation of issues some might want to call “digital humanities”); moocs are the main way we want to talk about such things these days. Speculative rhetoric is the term I […]