Rowman and Littlefield International
Philosophy and the City

Philosophy and the City

Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Perspectives

Edited by Keith Jacobs and Jeff Malpas

Publication Date: Apr 2019

Pages 288

Hardback 9781786604590
Paperback 9781786604606
Ebook 9781786604613
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Philosophy begins in the city states of Classical Greece. And in the context of our own highly urbanised modes of living, the relationship between philosophy and the city is more important than ever. The city is the place in which most humans now play out their lives, and the place that determines much of the cultural, social, economic, and political life of the contemporary world. Towards a Philosophy of the City explores a wide range of approaches and perspectives in a way that is true to the city’s complex and dynamic character. The volume begins with a comprehensive introduction that identifies the key themes and then moves through four parts, examining the concept of the city itself, its varying histories and experiences, the character of the landscapes that belong to the city, and finally the impact of new technologies for the future of city spaces. Each section takes up aspects of the thinking of the city as it develops in relation to particular problems, contexts, and sometimes as exemplified in particular cities. This volume provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars in Philosophy, Geography, Sociology and Urban Studies.
Introduction / Part I: City Concepts / 1. [TBC], Andrew Benjamin / 2. Cities: Where the wild things are, Wendy Steele / 3. Capitalism, Form and the Philosophy of the Metropolis, David Cunningham / 4. The self-organized city, Simon Sadler / 5. Solar Le Corbusier, Allan Stoekl / Part II: City Histories / 6. Interrogating Myo: conceptions of and Practices in Cities in Burma/Myanmar, Jayde Roberts / 7. 'Escaping Mediocrity': The Rise of the Suburban Villa in Early Renaissance Florence, Katie Campbell / 8. Target, theatre or resource? Concepts of the city in organised violence, Martin Coward / 9. The City and Utopia: South Asian Imaginaries and Practices, Smriti Srinivas / 10. Tale of Two Cities, Pratyush Shankar / PartIII:CityLandscapes / 11. Modernist Architecture and Sense of Place, Ingrid Stefanovic / 11. The City Foreclosed: Walter Benjamin’s Arcades and the Anti-image, Jessica Dubow / 12. The New Psychogeographers: Gender, Edgeless Edgelands, and the City, Lauren Elkin / Part IV: City Futures / 14. Smart City Prospects – Envisioning a Future of Control, Philipp Späth / 15. Edge City: Reflections on Anthropocenic Urbanism, Eduardo Mendieta / 16. Philosophies of commensuration, value and worth in the future city, Michael Keith / 17. [TBA], Rosi Braidotti / Conclusion / Further Reading / Index
While philosophy might have begun in the city, this volume asks the more unusual question of what it means to think philosophically about the city – the concepts it enfolds, the modes of life and existence it allows, the histories and future possibilities it engages. Expansive and incisive, this excellent volume situates the city at the centre of our critical and creative reflections.
Jessica Dubow, Reader in Cultural Geography, University of Sheffield
Cities are the most complex of all human inventions. They contain, reveal, and amplify all the challenges and possibilities of existence. Cities have also been where most philosophical discourse has actually happened, yet philosophers have unfailingly chosen to ignore them. Philosophy and the City is the first substantial attempt to correct this remarkable omission and to explore the city as a philosophical subject.
Edward Relph, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Keith Jacobs is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania. His publications include: The Dynamics of Local Housing Policy (1999); Experience and Representation: Contemporary Perspectives on Migration in Australia (2011); and House, Home and Society (2016), co-authored with Rowland Atkinson.

Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Latrobe University. He was founder, and until 2005, Director, of the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics. His many publications include Heidegger and the Thinking of Place (2012), Heidegger's Topology (2006) and Place and Experience (2007).

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