By Gary Backhaus, John Murungi
Symbolic Landscapes offers a definitive selection of landscape/place reviews that explores symbolic, cultural degrees of geographical meanings. Essays written through philosophers, geographers, architects, social scientists, artwork historians, and literati, carry particular modes of workmanship and views to this transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary learn of the symbolic point human existential spatiality. putting emphasis at the pre-cognitive genesis of symbolic which means, in addition to embodied, experiential (lived) geography, the quantity deals a clean, quasi-phenomenological approach.
The editors articulate the epistemological doctrine that belief and mind's eye shape a continuum within which either are consistently implicated as enhances. This method makes a case for the interrelation of the geography of belief and the geography of mind's eye, which means human/cultural geography deals merely an abstraction if certainly a cultured geography is constituted simply as a sub-field. Human/cultural geography can basically strategy spatial fact via spotting the intimate interrelative dialectic among the innovative and perceptual meanings of our landscapes/place-worlds. This quantity reinvigorates the significance of the subject of symbolism in human/cultural geography, panorama stories, philosophy of position, structure and making plans, and should stand one of the classics within the field.
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My sense of uncanniness was further heightened when I quickly came across an earlier indigenous presence in this same desert region. Once the shock of these contrasts had receded, my historical and philosophical curiosity got the better of me. As I thought about my reactions to this experience, I was struck by the predominantly 33 G. Backhaus and J. ), Symbolic Landscapes, 33–63. V. 2009 34 A. Zukas symbolic nature of the post-modern and pre-modern material objects around me. What started as a car journey from San Diego to Indian Wells (about 140 miles) to participate in an annual planning retreat sponsored by my university turned into something unexpected: a walking journey through desert canyons, a historical journey from ca.
Chapter 1 The Road to Indian Wells: Symbolic Landscapes in the California Desert Alex Zukas Editors’ Note: The approach of this chapter demonstrates symbolization not to be an intellectualist deduction or Kantian construction, but rather an existential generation from pre-cognitive embodiment. Moreover, it exhibits theoretical tensions that we point out in the introduction concerning the relation between the symbolic dimension and material conditions. What strikes us is that the author’s attunement to his lived experiences, his own embodiment in relation to the experienced milieu, is the motivation for trying to understand the meaning of this particular landscape through an engagement with the layers of its symbolic history.
In Kantian thought, reality is unknowable in-itself, so the forms of understanding must make experience intelligible. According to Cassirer, symbols are the instruments of a priori thought, the necessary organs that establish the conditions for knowing the world. In An Essay on Man, Cassirer writes: “Physical reality seems to recede in proportion as man’s symbolic activity advances. Instead of dealing with the things themselves man is in a sense constantly conversing with himself. ”27 Merleau-Ponty does find aspects of Cassirer that are worth reference.
Symbolic Landscapes by Gary Backhaus, John Murungi