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Putting space in place: philosophical topography and relational geography


Malpas, J, Putting space in place: philosophical topography and relational geography, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 30, (2) pp. 226-242. ISSN 0263-7758 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1068/d20810


Space is a concept that is central to geographical thinking. Yet,relatively little attention has been given to exploration of the concept of space as such, and this is so outside of geography no less than within it. Beginning with an examination of the 'relational' view of space that now seems dominant in geography as well as many other areas of the social sciences (and which is often presented as an elucidation of space itself), this paper explores the concept of space as it stands in connection with time and place, making particular use of the notions of boundedness, extendedness, and emergence while also shedding light on the idea of relationality. The aim is to outline a different mode of theorizing space than is to be found in much contemporary geography and social theory - one that also draws geographical thinking into the domain of 'philosophical topography'.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:boundary, boundedness, concepts, emergence, extendedness, geography, ontology, philosophy, place, relationality, space, time, topography, topology, void
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Hermeneutics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Malpas, J (Professor Jeff Malpas)
ID Code:83145
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:118
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2013-03-04
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