Philosophies of Place

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Andrew Light, Jonathan M. Smith
Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - 309 páginas
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Places are today subject to contrary tendencies. They lose some functions, which may scale up to fewer more centralized places, or down to numerous more dispersed places, and they gain other functions, which are scaling up and down from other places. This prompts premature prophecies of the abolition of space and the obsolescence of place. At the same time, a growing literature testifies to the persistence of place as an incorrigible aspect of human experience, identity, and morality. Place is a common ground for thought and action, a community of experienced particulars that avoids solipsism and universalism. It draws us into the philosophy of the ordinary, into familiarity as a form of knowledge, into the wisdom of proximity. Each of these essays offers a philosophy of place, and reminds us that such philosophies ultimately decide how we make, use, and understand places, whether as accidents, instruments, or fields of care.
 

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Spatiality Locality and Subjectivity
21
Site and Meaning in Richard Serras Public Sculpture
45
A Relativistic Approach to Experienced Space
73
Transformations in the Myth of the Inner Valleys as a Zionist Place
97
Democracy and Sense of Place Values in Environmental Policy
119
The Farm as Place
147
Commonplaces
169
Can a Sense of Place Be Preserved?
191
The Place of the Poor and the Loss of Place as a Center of Mediation
215
SpaceShaping Technologies and the Geographical Disembedding of Place
239
Something Wild? Deleuze and Guattari and the Impossibility of Wilderness
265
Persons in Place in Natural History
285
Index
297
About the Editors and Contributors
305
Philosophy and Geography
307
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Andrew Light is assistant professor of philosophy and environmental studies at SUNY-Binghamton. Jonathan M. Smith is associate professor of geography at Texas A&M University.

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