“To sum up. As I see it, things are unfairly accused of being just ‘things’. More exactly, it might be more rewarding to go back to the etymology of the word (in Anglo-Saxon as well as Roman languages) and to remind ourselves that all things (res and causa in Latin, see Thomas 1980) also means an assembly of a judicial nature gathered around a topic, reus, that creates both conflict and assent. After a few centuries of modernism, STS [Science and Technology Studies] simply brings us back to the normal definition of things as assemblies, forcing us to see the divides between nature and society, necessity and freedom, between the relevant domain of the natural sciences and that of the social sciences, as a very peculiar anthropological and historical feature (Latour 1993; Descola and Palsson 1996).” - Latour, B., 2000. When things strike back: a possible contribution of “science studies” to the social sciences . The British Journal of Sociology, 51(1), pp.107–123.