The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History

The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History

by Edward Casey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520216490

ISBN-13: 9780520216495

Pub. Date: 11/25/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

Not merely a presentation of the ideas of other thinkers, The Fate of Place is acutely sensitive to silences, absences, and missed opportunities in the complex history of philosophical approaches to space and place. A central theme is the increasing neglect of place in favor of space from the seventh century A.D. onward, amounting to the virtual exclusion of place…  See more details below

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Not merely a presentation of the ideas of other thinkers, The Fate of Place is acutely sensitive to silences, absences, and missed opportunities in the complex history of philosophical approaches to space and place. A central theme is the increasing neglect of place in favor of space from the seventh century A.D. onward, amounting to the virtual exclusion of place from philosophical thought by the end of the eighteenth century. Casey begins with mythological and religious creation stories and the theories of Plato and Aristotle and then explores the heritage of Neoplatonic, medieval, and Renaissance speculations about space. He presents an impressive history of the birth of modern spatial conceptions in the writings of Newton, Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, and Kant, and delineates the evolution of twentieth-century phenomenological approaches in the work of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Bachelard, and Heidegger. In the book's final section, Casey explores the postmodern theories of Foucault, Derrida, Tschumi, Deleuze and Guattari, and Irigaray. His book will interest philosophers, environmentalists, architects, art historians, and readers in cultural and literary studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520216495
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/25/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
495
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface: Disappearing Places, ix,
Acknowledgments, xvii,
Part One From Void to Vessel,
1 Avoiding the Void: Primeval Patterns, 3,
2 Mastering the Matrix: The Enuma Elish and Plato's Timaeus, 23,
3 Place as Container: Aristotle's Physics, 50,
Part Two From Place to Space,
Interlude, 75,
4 The Emergence of Space in Hellenistic and Neoplatonic Thought, 79,
5 The Ascent of Infinite Space: Medieval and Renaissance Speculations, 103,
Part Three The Supremacy of Space,
Interim, 133,
6 Modern Space as Absolute: Gassendi and Newton, 137,
7 Modern Space as Extensive: Descartes, 151,
8 Modern Space as Relative: Locke and Leibniz, 162,
9 Modern Space as Site and Point: Position, Panopticon, and Pure Form, 180,
Part Four The Reappearance of Place,
Transition, 197,
10 By Way of Body: Kant, Whitehead, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, 202,
11 Proceeding to Place by Indirection: Heidegger, 243,
12 Giving a Face to Place in the Present: Bachelard, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, Derrida, Irigaray, 285,
Postface: Places Rediscovered, 331,
Notes, 343,
Index, 479,

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