Geographies of Worth

Geographies of Worth : Rethinking the Spaces of Critical Theory

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This timely book provides a much needed spatial intervention into existing philosophical debates about ethics. It offers an innovative argument for the reconfiguration of critical spatial theory around 'ethical' modes of action, such as care, generosity, hospitality, and responsibility. This book engages with a range of perspectives across the social sciences and develops ideas drawn from philosophical pragmatism, ordinary language philosophy, and theories of action, to offer a framework for analysing the relationships between everyday normative practices of concern and the emergence of public issues. Geographies of Worth provides an engaging and unique account of the relevance of key ideas and thinkers from continental philosophy to the social sciences. It reconstructs the movement of ideas through which key interpretations of philosophers have crystallized into understandings of subjectivity, power, and politics. It draws into focus the family resemblances between, and borrowings, by this tradition from analytical moral and political philosophy. In drawing these traditions together into dialogue, the book develops an original account of the politics of acknowledgement. By examining the spatial and temporal figures deployed by different theoretical traditions, this book argues for a reconfiguration of critical analysis in the social sciences away from the focus on recognition and resistance. A concern with the politics of acknowledgement focuses on analysing multiple ways of relating enacted through practices such as promising, caring, taking the responsibility, and being hospitable. This book synthesises current thinking in human geography and related spatial social sciences with debates in political theory, moral philosophy, and social theory. This seminal contribution will pave the way for the development of alternative theoretical more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138852244
  • 9781138852242

About Clive Barnett

Clive Barnett is Professor of Geography and Social Theory at the University of Exeter, more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Arguing with Theory Part I: (Re)constructing 'Continental Philosophy' 2. A Critique of Poststructuralist Reason: How Theory Became Ontological 3. What is a "Foucault"? How Power Became a Keyword Part II: Acknowledging Others 4. Ordinary Theory: How to do things with Analytical Philosophy 5. The Force of Convention: How Continental Philosophy is really Ordinary Part III: Modalities of Power 6. The Reach of Care: How to think about the Spaces of Attention 7. The Temporalities of Responsibility: How to Think about the Spaces of Agency 8. The Event of Hospitality: How to Think about the Spaces of Obligation 9. Conclusion: Powers of Criticismshow more