The World on Edge

The World on Edge

Edward S. Casey
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/12/2017
Format: Hardback 20 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02558-6
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From one of continental philosophy's most distinctive voices comes a creative contribution to spatial studies, environmental philosophy, and phenomenology. Edward S. Casey identifies how important edges are to us, not only in terms of how we perceive our world, but in our cognitive, artistic, and sociopolitical attentions to it. We live in a world that is constantly on edge, yet edges as such are rarely explored. Casey systematically describes the major and minor edges that configure the human and other-than-human realms, including our everyday experience. He also explores edges in high- stakes situations, such as those that emerge in natural disasters, moments of political and economic upheaval, and encroaching climate change. Casey’s work enables a more lucid understanding of the edge-world that is a necessary part of living in a shared global environment.

Author Bio

Edward S. Casey is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SUNY, Stony Brook. He is author of several books, including Getting Back into Place, Imagining, and Remembering. The World on Edge is a sequel to his book The World at a Glance.


“Casey brings the reader to new edges of philosophical thought in this book. . . . Recommended.”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Thinking Edges, Edges of Thinking

Part One: Sorting Out Edges
Preface to Part One
1. Panoply of Edges
2. Borders and Boundaries
Interlude I: Cusps, Traces, Veils
3. Edges and Surfaces, Edges and Limits
4. Edges of Places and Events

Part Two: Constructed versus Naturally Given Edges
Preface to Part Two
5. Natural versus Artifactual Edges
6. Wild Edges
Interlude II: Listening to Edges in Music
7. Landscape Edges
8. Parks, Gardens, Neighborhoods, Streets

Part Three: Edges of Body and Psyche, Earth and Sky
Preface to Part Three
9. At the Edges of My Body
10. Being on Edge and Falling Apart
11. From Earth’s Edge to the Sky and Beyond

Part Four: Parting Shots
A Concluding Point: Not to Put Too Fine an Edge on Things
Postlude: Why Edges Matter
Epilogue: Life on Edge