I’ve been reading around in Feyerabend’s last and unfinished book, The Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction versus the Richness of Being (U. of Chicago Press, 1999). Here’s a few Latour Litanies I’ve found.
Rather than start at the beginning, that’s next, let’s leap to the beginning of Chapter 3, Parmenides and the Logic of Being, pp. 60-61 (only the first sentence is a LL, but I tacked on the other for good measure):
According to Parmenides the most basic entity underlying everything there is, including Gods, fleas, dogs, and any hypothetical substance one might propose, is Being. This was in a sense a very trivial but also a rather shrewd suggestion, for Being is the place where logic and existence meet: every statement involving the word “is” is also a statement about the essence of things.
Here’s the opening of the Introduction, p. 3:
The world we inhabit is abundant beyond our wildest imagination. There are trees, dreams, sunrises; there are thunderstorms, shadows, rivers; there are wars, flea bites, love affairs; there are the lives of people, Gods, entire galaxies.
Going on, p. 4 (middle sentence of three):
Indeed, there exist situation that endanger human life and that have to be dealt with. Bacteria, viruses, ferocious animals, illnesses of all sorts, adverse geological and meterological conditions, are examples.
Almost everybody admits that there are dreams, stones, sunrises, rainbows, fleas, murders, errors—and many other things.
What’s up with fleas?