On the Partial Existence of Existing and Non-existing Objects
In Biographies of Scientific Objects, Lorraine Daston (editor), Chicago University Press, pp. 247-269, 2000
The paper tries to find an intermdiary zone between metaphysics -especially that of Whitehead- and sociology or social history of science. It offers a sketchy but robust vocabulary to define the spatio-temporal envelop of phenomena, without having to take decisions on their existence or non-existence. The notion of network is then given a more precise metaphysics by pursuing how a phenomenon is then extended, through standardization and reformatting, into the classical status of existing or non-existing objetcs.
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