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The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History

Edward S. Casey


This book provides a philosophical history of the evolving conceptualizations of place and space in Western thought. Not merely a presentation of the ideas of other philosophers, it 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 by the end of the eighteenth century. The book begins with mythological and religious creation stories and the theories of Plat ... More

Keywords: space, place, Western thought, creation stories, Plato, Aristotle, Newton, Descartes, Leibniz, postmodern theories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276031
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward S. Casey, author