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The Fate of PlaceA Philosophical History$
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Edward S. Casey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276031

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276031.001.0001

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(p.74) (p.75) Interlude
The Fate of Place

Edward S. Casey

University of California Press

This chapter summarizes the discussions in Part I of the book and provides an overview of Parts II and III. Part I dealt with imaginative mythicoreligious accounts of creation, Plato’s Timaeus, and Aristotle’s Physics. Part II illustrates the transformation of a mostly secular and naturalistic worldview—in which the vernacularity of place, its habitability, and idiosyncrasy, is predictably prominent—into a theological Weltanschauung in which the infinity of space becomes a primary preoccupation. Part III deals with how natural scientists and philosophers began to mathematize nature in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Keywords:   creation, Plato, Timaeus, Aristotle, Physics, space, place

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