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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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The Fate of Place

Edward S. Casey

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the main theme of Part III, namely the dissolution and disappearance of the notion of place from serious theoretical discourse in physics and philosophy by the end of the eighteenth century. It argues that where Aristotle took for granted the power of place, Western philosophers and scientists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was places as merely momentary subdivisions of a universal space quantitatively determined in its neutral homogeneity.

Keywords:   space, physics, philosophy, theoretical discourse

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