The moderns have a peculiar propensity for understanding time that passes as if it were really abolishing die past behind it. They all take themselves for Attila, in whose footsteps no grass grows back. They do not feel that they are removed from the Middle Ages by a certain number of centuries, but that they are separated by Copernican revolutions, epistemological breaks, epistemic ruptures so radical that nothing of that past survives in them – nothing of that past ought to survive in them. (Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern, p.68)

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