Place and Experience: A Philosophical Topography

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 28, 1999 - Philosophy
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While the 'sense of place' is a familiar theme in poetry and art, philosophers have generally given little or no attention to place and the human relation to place. In Place and Experience, Jeff Malpas seeks to remedy this by advancing an account of the nature and significance of place as a complex but unitary structure that encompasses self and other, space and time, subjectivity and objectivity. Drawing on a range of sources from Proust and Wordsworth to Davidson, Strawson and Heidegger, he argues that the significance of place is not to be found in our experience of place so much as in the grounding of experience in place, and that this binding to place is not a contingent feature of human existence, but derives from the very nature of human thought, experience and identity as established in and through place.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
vii
the influence of place
8
CHAPTER 1 The obscurity of place
26
CHAPTER 2 The structure of spatiality
51
CHAPTER 3 Holism content and self
79
CHAPTER 4 Unity locality and agency
99
CHAPTER 5 Agency and objectivity
116
CHAPTER 6 Self and the space of others
145
CHAPTER 7 The unity and complexity of place
164
CHAPTER 8 Place past and person
182
the place of philosophy
197
Select bibliography
199
Index
210
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