Aramis, or the Love of Technology

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Aramis, or the Love of Technology
First edition (French)
AuthorBruno Latour
TranslatorCatherine Porter
PublisherLa Découverte (France)
Harvard University Press (US)
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages336 (english translation)

Aramis, or the Love of Technology was written by French sociologist/anthropologist Bruno Latour. Aramis was originally published in French in 1993; the English translation by Catherine Porter, copyrighted in 1996, ISBN 978-0-674-04323-7, is now in its fourth printing (2002). Latour describes his text as "scientifiction," which he describes as "a hybrid genre... for a hybrid task" (p. ix). The genre includes voices of a young engineer discussing his "sociotechnological initiation," his professor's commentary which introduces Actor-network theory (ANT), field documents - including real-life interviews, and the voice of Aramis—a failed technology ([1] p. x).

The book is a quasi-mystery, which attempts to discover who killed Aramis (personal rapid transit). Aramis was supposed to be implemented as a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system in Paris. Simultaneously, while investigating Aramis's demise, Latour delineates the tenets of Actor-network theory. Latour argues that the technology failed not because any particular actor killed it, but because the actors failed to sustain it through negotiation and adaptation to a changing social situation.

Table of contents[edit]

  • Preface
  • Prologue: Who Killed Aramis?
  1. An Exciting Innovation
  2. Is Aramis Feasible?
  3. Shilly-Shallying in the Seventies
  4. Interphase: Three Years of Grace
  5. The 1984 Decision: Aramis Exists for Real
  6. Aramis at the CET Stage: Will it Keep its Promise?
  7. Aramis is Ready to Go (Away)
  • Epilogue: Aramis Unloved
  • Glossary

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Latour, Bruno. (1996). Aramis, or the Love of Technology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.