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Issue 11 – Space

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The Necessary Space

Editorial

Had Heidegger not become for some time now (and perhaps for a while longer) an embarrassing presence for thought, one could have invited a reflection on Space (in philosophy, in science, in architecture, etc.) via some of his dynamic tautologies such as: Read more »

 

When Time Turned into Space

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It has become a commonplace among intellectuals to speak of space-time instead of space and time. It is taken as a sign of scientific literacy. This seemingly harmless custom masks an alarming tendency in which thinking, today – especially about such abstract concepts as space and time – is being increasingly palmed off onto what is spoken of in hushed tones as Science, with a capital “S”. Read more »

 
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A Quest for the “Consciousness of Place”

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This essay proposes a reflection on the dimension of human beings’ allocation, which is considered as constitutive, and shows the fecundity of a way of being in the world capable of “consciousness of place.” Read more »

 
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Geographical Space and Philosophical-Social Anthropology

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For Kant, anthropology leads to knowledge of the human beings. Likewise, geography introduces to knowledge of the world. Read more »

 
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Ethics of Space (A Topological Reflection)

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The author’s intention in this essay is not to explain the “concept” of space but rather understand the experience out of which such a concept is formed moving from the “originary subjects” of this experience as well of the experience of movement and time that are its necessary correlates. Read more »

 
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Urban Space Pedagogy: Turin, a “Risorgimento” City

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Odoardo Tabacchi, Monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1887. Fotografia di Mario Gabinio, 17 luglio 1926. © Fondazione Torino Musei - Archivio fotografico

In the second half of nineteenth century Italy, “urban space pedagogy” becomes popular. It is the tendency to promote national consciousness and identity among the adult populace, which is for the most part illiterate, via a channel that is alternative to school education and focuses on collective imagination and the emotional sphere through the transformation of the town into an open air museum. Read more »

 
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Introduction to an Anthropology of Centers

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Distancing itself from major theoreticians of “centers” such as Mircea Eliade and Edward Shils, the essay advances a notion that is much less compromised with the principle of sacredness. It is a more humble and modest, plural and territorial notion. Read more »

 
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The Heteronomous Beauty of Artifact Space

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Why is the space of our daily existence often made of benches with seats that stab our backs with pain? Of train stations similar to labyrinths that make us miss the train? Of airports whose façades present such an obsessive formal homogeneity that we cannot distinguish the entry? Read more »

 
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City Space

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Architectural space is the space of the city. In the Western world, urban culture develops according to morphologies that evolve with continuity by integrating the innovations of the Renaissance and the experimentations of the Baroque period up to the end of the nineteenth century. Read more »

 
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Geometry: The Mathematical Vision of Space

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What does the word “space” mean for a mathematician? What did it mean in the past? This essay takes a brief historical tour and describes some important steps in the evolution of geometry, from Euclid to Gauss and up to the breakthrough of non-Euclidean geometry. Read more »

 
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Two Uses of the Term “Space” in Psychoanalysis: Freud and Winnicott

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This essay analyzes two uses of the term “space” in psychoanalysis. The first use goes back to Freud and resides in his originary description of the psyche. In this first topica, Freud characterizes the psyche as extended in space and distributed over three regions–consciousness, the pre-conscious, and the unconscious. Read more »

 
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Space Is Not Motionless: Cosmology, Mechanics, and Metaphysics in Christiaan Huygens

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Christiaan Huygens’ scientific work (1629-1695) is situated in the period between Galileo and Descartes on the one side and Leibniz and Newton on the other. He was the greatest geometrician of his times and also gave an extraordinary impulse to mechanics both with his discovery of the laws of collisions, centrifugal force, and the brachistochrone curve (or curve of fastest descent) and with his revolutionary considerations on various foundational physical concepts. Read more »

 
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The Concept of Space in Husserl’s Phenomenology

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The essay analyzes Husserl’s phenomenological theory of space. The author begins by delimiting its semantic and philosophical field of belonging as defined by the link between the phenomenological notion of intentionality and the relation between immanence and transcendence. Read more »

 
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Hyperbolic Epoché: A Spatialization of the Transcendental

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Following up on Husserl’s analyses of space constitution, this article aims at pointing out the aporias of localization. Read more »

 
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(Atmospheric) Spaces and Feelings: Following up on Schmitz’s New Phenomenology

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Hermann Schmitz’s New Phenomenology opposes the prevailing conception of space understood either as a formal continuum void of lacunae (geometry and physics) or as an external theater within which human beings are spectators and actors (common sense). Read more »

 
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Bergsonian Topologies

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The article focuses on Bergson’s doctoral dissertation, The Idea of Place in Aristotle (1889), showing how its naturalistic principles challenge the epistemology of intensive quantities that, from Kant to Deleuze, has rooted topological thought in a transcendental dimension. Read more »

 
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From Spherology to Immunology: Peter Sloterdijk’ Theory of Space

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This essay offers an overview of German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s theories about the theme of space. In particular, it illustrates the connection among three different spatial theories, each of which is presented by Sloterdijk in one of the volumes of his trilogy Sphären. Read more »

 
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The Logical Space of Contradiction

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This paper interprets the criticism of the principle of non-contradiction (whose itinerary is retraced especially in G. Priest and N. Vasiliev) as a way to make space. It is difficult that a blue surface may also be red, and thus non-blue, at the same time and in the same respect. Read more »

 
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