Gabriel Tarde, Ian Hacking, Object Oriented Ontology, Philosophy

Making Up People

Ian Hacking is well known for his studies on ‘the reality of kinds’; to be sure, given the recent interest in both Tarde and Speculative Realism his ideas seem to be of considerable interest. With regard to Tarde (although not explictly) Hacking can be said to have conceptualized the constructedness and reality of quantification – that is, for instance, statistics and categorizations. His book Historical Ontology in fact should be a must-read for Speculative Realists interested in working towards something called a ‘social ontology’.

Here you can find an interesting article by Ian Hacking, written in 2007, in the LRB.