Earth Ways: Framing Geographical Meanings

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Gary Backhaus, John Murungi
Lexington Books, 2004 - Philosophy - 194 pages
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What is the connection between anthropology, philosophy, and geography? How does one locate the connection? Can a juncture between these disciplines also accommodate history, sociology and other applied and theoretical forms of knowledge? In Earth Ways: Framing Geographical Meanings, editors Gary Backhaus and John Murungi challenge their contributors to find the location that would enable them to bridge their "home disciplines" to philosophical and geographical thought. This represents no easy task. Essayists are charged with building a set of conceptual bridges and what emerges is a unique co-joined topography; sets of ideas united by a painstaking and rigorous interdisciplinary framework. Earth Ways is a salient rendering of interdisciplinary thought in contemporary humanities and social sciences scholarship.
 

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Contents

Herodotus and the Origins of Geography The Strange the Familiar and the Earthbound
1
Conceptualizing World Environmental History The Contribution of Immanuel Wallerstein
23
Rousseau in the Suburbs Geography Environment and the Philosophical Tradition
43
Toward a Phenomenology of Cognitive Mapping
59
The Die is Cast Boundaries of Time Boundaries of Space
77
The Geography of Material Artifacts and an Outline for Synergetic Geography
95
A Contextualized Science and the Changing Landscapes of India A Case Study of Science as a Graft
115
Pirates and the Geography of Knowledge America and Algiers in the Late Eighteenth Century
139
Finding the There There Local Space Global Ritual and Early Cold War Berlin
155
Selected Bibliography
173
Index
185
About the Contributors
193
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Gary Backhaus teaches philosophy at Morgan State University. John Murungi is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Towson University.

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