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Philosophies of place: an intercultural conversation

Contributor(s): Hershock, Peter D [Editor] | Ames, Roger T [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Honolulu University of Hawaii Press 2019Description: vi, 344 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9780824876586.Subject(s): East-West philosophers' conference | Place | PhilosophyDDC classification: 114 Summary: Humanity takes up space. Human beings, like many other species, also transform spaces. What is perhaps uniquely human is the disposition to qualitatively transform spaces into places that are charged with distinctive kinds of intergenerational significance. There is a profound, felt difference between a house as domestic space and a home as familial place or between the summit of a mountain one has climbed for the first time and the “same” rock pinnacle celebrated in ancestral narratives. Contemporary philosophical uses of the word “place” often pivot on the distinction between “space” and “place” formalized by geographer-philosopher Yi-fu Tuan, who suggested that places incorporate the experiences and aspirations of a people over the course of their moral and aesthetic engagement with sites and locations. While spaces afford possibilities for different kinds of presence—physical, emotional, cognitive, dramatic, spiritual—places emerge as different ways of being present, fuse over time, and saturate a locale with distinctively collaborative patterns of significance. This approach to issues of place, however, is emblematic of what Edward S. Casey has argued are convictions about the primacy of absolute space and time that evolved along with the progressive dominance of the scientific imagination and modern imaginations of the universal. The recent reappearance of place in Western philosophy represents a turn away from abstract and a priori reasoning and back toward phenomenal experience and the primacy of embodied and emplaced intelligence. Places are enacted through the sustainably shared practices of mutually-responsive and mutually-vulnerable agents and are as numerous in kind as we are divergent in the patterns of values and intentions. The contributors to this volume draw on resources from Asian, European, and North American traditions of thought to engage in intercultural reflection on the significance of place in philosophy and of the place of philosophy itself in the cultural, social, economic, and political domains of contemporary life. The conversation of place that results explores the meaning of intercultural philosophy, the critical interplay of place and personal identity, the meaning of appropriate emplacement, the shared place of politics and religion, and the nature of the emotionally emplaced body. https://uhpress.hawaii.edu/product/philosophies-of-place-an-intercultural-conversation/
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Table of contents

Hiding the world in the world: a case for cosmopolitanism based in the Zhuangzi /​ David B. Wong and Marion Hourdequin
Between local and global: the place of comparative philosophy through Heidegger and Daoism /​ Steven Burik
About the taking place of intercultural philosophy as polylogue /​ Britta Saal
Place and horizon /​ John W. M. Krummel
The proximate and the distant: place and response-ability /​ James Buchanan
Where is my mind?: on the emplacement of self by others /​ Joshua Stoll
Accommodation, location, and context: conceptualization of place in Indian traditions of thought /​ Meera Baindur
Public reason and ecological truth /​ Michael Hemmingsen
The wisdom of place: Lithuanian philosophical philotopy of Arvydas Šliogeris and its relevance to global environmental challenges /​ Justas Kuäìinskas and Naglis Kardelis
Landscape as scripture: Dōgen's concept of meaningful nature /​ Rein Raud
Public places and privileged spaces: perspectives on the public sphere and the sphere of privilege in China and the West /​ Albert Welter
Seeking a place for earthly universality in modern Japan: Suzuki Daisetz, Chikazumi Jåìkan, and Miyazawa Kenji /​ Takahiro Nakajima
Transforming sacred space into shared place: reinterpreting Gandhi on temple entry /​ Bindu Puri
Israel and Palestine: a two-place, one-space solution /​ Michael Warren Myers
Exile as "place" for empathy /​ Ilana Maymind
Sprouts, mountains, and fields: symbol and sustainability in Mengzi's moral psychology /​ Carl Helsing
The place of the body in the phenomenology of place: Edward Casey and Nishida Kitaro /​ Lara M. Mitias
Putting the dead in their place /​ Kathleen Higgins.

Humanity takes up space. Human beings, like many other species, also transform spaces. What is perhaps uniquely human is the disposition to qualitatively transform spaces into places that are charged with distinctive kinds of intergenerational significance. There is a profound, felt difference between a house as domestic space and a home as familial place or between the summit of a mountain one has climbed for the first time and the “same” rock pinnacle celebrated in ancestral narratives.
Contemporary philosophical uses of the word “place” often pivot on the distinction between “space” and “place” formalized by geographer-philosopher Yi-fu Tuan, who suggested that places incorporate the experiences and aspirations of a people over the course of their moral and aesthetic engagement with sites and locations. While spaces afford possibilities for different kinds of presence—physical, emotional, cognitive, dramatic, spiritual—places emerge as different ways of being present, fuse over time, and saturate a locale with distinctively collaborative patterns of significance.
This approach to issues of place, however, is emblematic of what Edward S. Casey has argued are convictions about the primacy of absolute space and time that evolved along with the progressive dominance of the scientific imagination and modern imaginations of the universal. The recent reappearance of place in Western philosophy represents a turn away from abstract and a priori reasoning and back toward phenomenal experience and the primacy of embodied and emplaced intelligence. Places are enacted through the sustainably shared practices of mutually-responsive and mutually-vulnerable agents and are as numerous in kind as we are divergent in the patterns of values and intentions.
The contributors to this volume draw on resources from Asian, European, and North American traditions of thought to engage in intercultural reflection on the significance of place in philosophy and of the place of philosophy itself in the cultural, social, economic, and political domains of contemporary life. The conversation of place that results explores the meaning of intercultural philosophy, the critical interplay of place and personal identity, the meaning of appropriate emplacement, the shared place of politics and religion, and the nature of the emotionally emplaced body.

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