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A Cosmopolitical Proposal: Towards a Democratic Composition of Environments
Unformatted Document Text:  40 of the collective that is in the process of being formed.” 93 In this way, the collective is constantly changing and reformulating itself as new entities make a difference in how and if the collective is able to articulate itself in an effective and affirmative manner. But how to guide these changes that Latour suggest the transcendences of the excluded insist upon the collective? Since we can not have recourse to external or absolute transcendences, the guidance must, of course, come from within the collective’s experience of itself. This experimental existence of the collective requires essential record-keeping of its prior attempts at constituting itself in order to learn from its previous arrangements. 94 Latour proposes to retain “from the sciences the word “experiment,” to characterize the movement through which every collective passes in this way from state to a future state,” emphasizing the creative and infinite possibilities open to social organization of the collective. The collective “as a whole is defined from now on as collective experimentation … on the attachments and detachments that are going to allow it, at a given moment, to identify the candidates for common existence” and to determine who and what will become a part of the collective’s reorganization and who and what will become a provisional enemy whose participation in the collective is deferred until another iteration of the collective. 95 “The collective does not claim to know, but it has to experiment in such a way that it can learn in the course of the trial. Its entire normative capacity depends henceforth on the difference that it is going to be able to register between t 0 and t+1 while entrusting its fate to the small transcendence of external realities.” 96 The learning curve—the name Latour bestows upon the difference between iterations of the collective—is the only available source of comparison and measurement. At the base of this collective experimentation 93 Latour, 191. 94 This is a responsibility of the administration and its power to follow through, according to Latour’s restructuring of political practices. Politics of Nature, 200-206. 95 Latour, 196. 96 This so-called “normative capacity” of the collective is discussed further below.

Authors: Nordquist, Michael.
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of the collective that is in the process of being formed.”
In this way, the collective is constantly
changing and reformulating itself as new entities make a difference in how and if the collective is
able to articulate itself in an effective and affirmative manner.
But how to guide these changes that Latour suggest the transcendences of the excluded
insist upon the collective? Since we can not have recourse to external or absolute transcendences,
the guidance must, of course, come from within the collective’s experience of itself. This
experimental existence of the collective requires essential record-keeping of its prior attempts at
constituting itself in order to learn from its previous arrangements.
Latour proposes to retain
“from the sciences the word “experiment,” to characterize the movement through which every
collective passes in this way from state to a future state,” emphasizing the creative and infinite
possibilities open to social organization of the collective. The collective “as a whole is defined
from now on as collective experimentation … on the attachments and detachments that are going
to allow it, at a given moment, to identify the candidates for common existence” and to
determine who and what will become a part of the collective’s reorganization and who and what
will become a provisional enemy whose participation in the collective is deferred until another
iteration of the collective.
“The collective does not claim to know, but it has to experiment in
such a way that it can learn in the course of the trial. Its entire normative capacity depends
henceforth on the difference that it is going to be able to register between t
0
and t+1 while
entrusting its fate to the small transcendence of external realities.”
The learning curve—the
name Latour bestows upon the difference between iterations of the collective—is the only
available source of comparison and measurement. At the base of this collective experimentation
93
Latour, 191.
94
This is a responsibility of the administration and its power to follow through, according to Latour’s restructuring
of political practices. Politics of Nature, 200-206.
95
Latour, 196.
96
This so-called “normative capacity” of the collective is discussed further below.


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