Bruno Latour on the relationship between Philosophy and Social Sciences

A thought provoking extract from the dialogue between Bruno Latour and Graham Harman transcribed in The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE, pg 46:

So if you are a pragmatist, it doesn’t mean there are a few small details that the social sciences would solve while the basic principles and foundations are provided by philosophers. I resent that because I think it’s wrong, and that’s not the way to collaborate between philosophy and the social sciences. Philosophy is too important to be the foundation of the social sciences. Philosophy is the calisthenics necessary to be as subtle as the case at hand.

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