Geography in a time of cultural crisis: helping philosophy find its place

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My thesis is that geography can speak to philosophy, that is, construed as either intellectual paradigm or as a discipline making knowledge claims (statements that are true), geography can help a culture in crisis reweave its metaphysical woof and warp and repair its tattered sociological and historical fabric. As someone unschooled in the methods of geography, as well as one who stands outside the community of gepgraphers who define the practice of normal science, my claims will likely seem altogether too rosy, unguarded, even reckless. Yet I find in those geographers who inspire me, the Glackens, Sauers and Meinigs, and so on, sonthing that is palpably - indeed, cosmologically - real and something fundamental to any viable - indeed, sustainable - sense of history. In short, I find in geography what philosophy, with precious few exceptions, altogether lacks: a sense of place, of the land, of the great sweeps of climate and vegetation, of water and mountains, and all those other essentials that force upon us the basic truth that humans are of and about earth. This premiss, so fundamental to a geographical paradigm, offers one possibility of resolving or contributing to the resolution of cultural crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-388
Number of pages16
JournalEcumene
Volume4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Geography in a time of cultural crisis : helping philosophy find its place. / Oelschlaeger, Max.

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