Earth Ways

Earth Ways : Framing Geographical Meanings

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How do you connect the discipline of anthropology to both philosophy and geography? What about history, sociology, and other applied and theoretical forms of knowledge? In Earth Ways: Framing Geographical Meanings, Gary Backhaus and John Murungi challenge contributors to find the organizing component, or "framings," that enables them to bridge their own work to philosophy and geography. What emerges are truly creative contributions to interdisciplinary thought.show more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 073910764X
  • 9780739107645

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It is always a pleasure to discover a book that pushes disciplinary boundaries in novel directions. Earth Ways forges new syntheses between philosophy and geographical ways of knowing and the result is a collection of thought-provoking, important essays. Advancing an interdisciplinary understanding of historical, theoretical and practical moments of dwelling, the authors seek to bring to light taken-for-granted assumptions and ways of "framing" that inevitably condition geographical and philosophical articulations of meaning. In addressing implicit ways of framing geographical meanings that are all too often ignored, the book charts an important new course. -- Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Director, Division of the Environment, University of Toronto Not least among the strengths of this volume is its handsome bibliography on matters geographic and philosophic, its rich and provocative collection of notes at the end of each chapter, and its expansion of, and homage to, the explorations resident in a seminal work-Richard Hartsorne's The Nature of Geography. Bridges This book of essays fills a very important void in environmental studies and environmental philosophy. It is a great effort at undoing the isolation of disciplinary study and provides a fresh way of thinking earth as a word-image for the ongoing dynamic inter-being of nature's life forms. One of the things that makes this work stand out is that the interdisciplinary character of environmental studies/philosophy is case-based, within an historical and cultural context. This makes all the difference! -- Kenneth Maly, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse This book of essays fills a very important void in environmental studies and environmental philosophy. It is a great effort at undoing the isolation of disciplinary study and provides a fresh way of thinking "earth" as a word-image for the ongoing dynamic inter-being of nature's life forms. One of the things that makes this work stand out is that the interdisciplinary character of environmental studies/philosophy is case-based, within an historical and cultural context. This makes all the difference! -- Kenneth Maly, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - La Crosseshow more

About Gary Backhaus

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.show more

Table of contents

0 Introduction: Earth Ways: The Primordial Relation Between the Ways of Knowing and the Ways fo Earthly Phenomena Chapter 1 Herodotus and the Origins of Geography: The Strange, the Familiar, and the Earthbound Chapter 2 Conceptualizing World Environmental History: The Contribution of Immanuel Wallerstein Part 2 Framing Historical Contexts Chapter 5 Rousseau in the Suburbs: Geography, Environment, and the Philosophical Turn Part 6 Framing Substantive Theories Chapter 7 Toward a Phenomenology of Cognitive Mapping Chapter 7 A Contextualized Science and the Changing Landscapes of India: A Case Study of Science as a Graft Chapter 8 The Die is Cast: Boundaries of Time, Boundaries of Space Chapter 8 Pirates and the Geography of Knowledge: America and Algiers in the Late-Eighteenth Century Chapter 9 The Geography of Material Culture and an Outline for Synergetic Geography Part 10 Framing Case Studies of Specific Time-Places Chapter 13 Finding the There There: Local Space, Global Ritual, and Early Cold War Berlinshow more