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.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction, Andrew Light, Jonathan M. Smith, and David Roberts Part 2 I Place and Meaning Chapter 3 1. Finding Place: Spatiality, Locality, and Subjectivity Chapter 4 2. In Its Place: Site and Meaning in Richard Serra's Public Sculpture Chapter 5 3. Sites of Symbolic Density: A Relativistic Approach to Experienced Space Chapter 6 4. Transformations in the Myth of the Inner Valleys as a Zionist Space Part 7 II Place and Ethics Chapter 8 5. Democracy and Sense of Place Values in Environmental Policy Chapter 9 6. From the Inside Out: The Farm as Place Chapter 10 7. Commonplaces Part 11 III Changing Places: Political, Technological, and Economic Chapter 12 8. Space-Shaping Technologies and the Geographical Disembedding of Place Chapter 13 9. Can a Sense of Place Be Preserved? Chapter 14 10. New Meanings of Place: The Place of the Poor and the Loss of Place as a Center of Mediation Chapter 15 11. Something Wild? Deleuze and Guattari and the Impossibility of Wilderness Part 16 IV Afterword Chapter 17 12. Down to Earth: Persons in Place and Natural History Chapter 18 Index Chapter 19 About the Editors and Contributors Chapter 20 Philosophy and Geography Style and Submission Guide