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A Cosmopolitical Proposal: Towards a Democratic Composition of Environments
Unformatted Document Text:  35 do, while connecting with the republican heritage of our ancestors.” 79 The third power to follow through is left up to an “administration” of the collective—explicitly distinct from the State— that has “at its disposal a strong procedural power,” that goes along with “restarting the work of collection as well as to judging the quality of learning” between iterations of the collective. Amidst these powers, Latour enumerates a set of skills necessary for the collective, those of the scientist, politician, economist, and moralist. Each of these represent a particular set of practices necessary to the smooth functioning of this remodeled polity. The scientists’ practices bring new entities into existence, creating attachments among nonhumans and illuminating the existing and potential attachments to and among humans. They additionally bring stability to the collective, establishing the content of the relations among nonhumans and opening them to possible alteration. Politicians, so Latour, take part in the same practices as scientists, but with different emphases and from different perspectives. The chief responsibilities of the politician is to compromise among parties, and to represent. Importantly for the continuation of the collective, the politician has the ability to make enemies, to determine what participants should be excluded from the collective. The economist makes things calculable, attempting to bring a rational order to the collective and its representation to itself. The moralist reminds the collective of the externality that it produced in the form of denied entities and practices, always asking about their possible participation as well as these other entities’ desires, rather than the collective solely concerning itself with itself and its existing participants. These skills are not to be seen as embodied in invididuals who take up their role as career economists, moralists, politicians or scientist. Rather these skills are the necessary practices to ensure that the collective can take into account, order, and follow through according to all they know and experience; they are the characteristics of good citizens, in a different register, and not to be assigned to individuals. “The 79 Latour, 165.

Authors: Nordquist, Michael.
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do, while connecting with the republican heritage of our ancestors.”
The third power to follow
through is left up to an “administration” of the collective—explicitly distinct from the State—
that has “at its disposal a strong procedural power,” that goes along with “restarting the work of
collection as well as to judging the quality of learning” between iterations of the collective.
Amidst these powers, Latour enumerates a set of skills necessary for the collective, those
of the scientist, politician, economist, and moralist. Each of these represent a particular set of
practices necessary to the smooth functioning of this remodeled polity. The scientists’ practices
bring new entities into existence, creating attachments among nonhumans and illuminating the
existing and potential attachments to and among humans. They additionally bring stability to the
collective, establishing the content of the relations among nonhumans and opening them to
possible alteration. Politicians, so Latour, take part in the same practices as scientists, but with
different emphases and from different perspectives. The chief responsibilities of the politician is
to compromise among parties, and to represent. Importantly for the continuation of the
collective, the politician has the ability to make enemies, to determine what participants should
be excluded from the collective. The economist makes things calculable, attempting to bring a
rational order to the collective and its representation to itself. The moralist reminds the collective
of the externality that it produced in the form of denied entities and practices, always asking
about their possible participation as well as these other entities’ desires, rather than the collective
solely concerning itself with itself and its existing participants. These skills are not to be seen as
embodied in invididuals who take up their role as career economists, moralists, politicians or
scientist. Rather these skills are the necessary practices to ensure that the collective can take into
account, order, and follow through according to all they know and experience; they are the
characteristics of good citizens, in a different register, and not to be assigned to individuals. “The
79
Latour, 165.


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