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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City

ISBN 9781138928787
Published September 12, 2019 by Routledge
454 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City is an outstanding reference source to this exciting subject and the first collection of its kind. Comprising 40 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into clear sections addressing the following central topics:

• Historical Philosophical Engagements with Cities

• Modern and Contemporary Philosophical Theories of the City

• Urban Aesthetics

• Urban Politics

• Citizenship

• Urban Environments and the Creation/Destruction of Place.

The concluding section, Urban Engagements, contains interviews with philosophers discussing their engagement with students and the wider public on issues and initiatives including experiential learning, civic and community engagement, disability rights and access, environmental degradation, professional diversity, social justice, and globalization.

Essential reading for students and researchers in environmental philosophy, aesthetics, and political philosophy, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City is also a useful resource for those in related fields, such as geography, urban studies, sociology, and political science.

Table of Contents

Introduction Samantha Noll, Sharon Meagher, and Joseph Biehl

Part 1: Urban Philosophies

Section 1: Historical Philosophical Engagements with Cities

1. Plato's City-Soul Analogy: The Slow Train to Ordinary Virtue Nathan Nicol

2. Philosophers and the City in Early Modern Europe Ferenc Hörcher

3. Pragmatic Engagement in the City: Philosophy as a Means for Catalyzing Collective, Creative Capacity (Lessons from John Dewey and Jane Addams) Danielle Lake

4. Back to the Cave Joseph S. Biehl

Section 2: Modern and Contemporary Philosophical Theories of the City

5. Urban Philosophy in Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project Frank Cunningham

6. Henri Lefebvre and the Right to the City Loren King

7. Foucault and Urban Philosophy Kevin Scott Jobe

8. Iris Young’s City of Difference Elizabeth Purcell


Part 2: Philosophical Engagement with Urban Issues

Section 1: Urban Aesthetics

9. Urban Planning and Design as an Aesthetic Dilemma: Void vs. Volume in City-form Abraham Akkerman

10. Architecture and Philosophy of the City Saul Fisher

11. A Philosophy of Urban Parks Amanda Meyer and Charles Taliaferro

12. Political Aesthetics of Public Art in Urban Spaces Fred Evans

13. Walking the City: Flânerie and Flâneurs Kathryn Kramer and John Rennie Short

14. How Might Creative Placemaking Lead to More Just Cities? Sharon M. Meagher

Section 2: Urban Politics

15. Beyond Deliberation and Civic Engagement: Participatory Budgeting and a New Philosophy of Public Power Alexander Kolokotronis and Michael Menser

16. Constructing Communities in Urban Spaces Brian Elliot

17. Houselessness Kevin Scott Jobe

18. On Residential Segregation, Desegregation, Integration in Political Philosophy Ronald Sundstrom

19. Gentrification Tyler Zimmer

20. The Occupy Movement and he Reappearance of the Polis Chad Kautzer

Section 3: Citizenship

21. City and Common Space Paula Cristina Pereira

22. The Concept of Public Space Brian A. Weiner

23. From Good to Progressive Planning or What is a Good City? Peter Marcuse

24. Hospitality in Sanctuary Cities Benjamin Boudou

25. Black Lives Matter and the Ferguson Moment: Toward a Philosophy of Urban Relegation Paul C. Taylor

26. Nature Where You’re Not: Rethinking Environmental Spaces and Racism Esme G. Murdock

27. Ghost Cities: Globalization, Neo-Capitalist Speculation, and the Empty Cities of the Global South Sharon M. Meagher

Section 4: Urban Environments and the Creation/Destruction of Place

28. Metropolitan Growth Robert Kirkman

29. Environmental Philosophy in the City: Confronting the Anti-Urban Bias to Overcome the Human-Nature Divide Alexandria K. Poole

30. Zoöpolis: Animals in the City Cynthia Willett

31. Urban Mobility Systems Shane Epting

32. The Endeavor to Embody Urban Waters: Technical/Political Governmentality of Green Infrastructure and the Emergence of New Human-Water Relations Irene J. Klaver and J. Aaron Frith

33. Urban Agriculture and Environmental Imagination Samantha Noll

34. Paradox in the City: Urban Complications Regarding Climate Change and Climate Justice Michael Goldsby

Section 5: Urban Engagements

35. An Agora Grows in Brooklyn: An Interview with Ian Olasov

36. Reaching Out to the Underrepresented: An Interview with John R. Torrey

37. Blurring the Boundaries between the Classroom and the City: An Interview with Stephen Bloch-Schulman

38. The Phronesis Lab: Practical Wisdom in the City: An interview with Sharyn Clough

39. Doing Field Philosophy in the Gas Fields of Texas: An Interview with Adam Briggle

40. Engaging Cities at Home and Abroad: Connecting our Students with Urban Communities: An interview with Sarah Donovan.


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Sharon M. Meagher is the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty, and Professor of Philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, USA.

Samantha Noll is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University, USA, and a bioethicist with the Functional Genomics Initiative.

Joseph S. Biehl is the founder and Executive Director of Gotham Philosophical Society, Inc., a federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting philosophy in New York City, USA.