Getting Back into Place, Second Edition

Getting Back into Place, Second Edition

Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World
Edward S. Casey
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/29/2009
Format: Paperback 15 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-22088-2
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What would the world be like if there were no places? Our lives are so place-oriented that we cannot begin to comprehend the loss of locality. Indeed, the space we occupy has much to do with what and who we are. Yet, despite the pervasiveness of place in our everyday lives, philosophers have neglected it.

Since its publication in 1993, Getting Back into Place has been recognized as a pioneering study of the importance of place in people's lives. This edition includes new material that reflects on the development of the field of environmental philosophy and presents Edward S. Casey's current thinking on place and home in our increasingly troubled world.

Author Bio

Edward S. Casey is Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University. His previous books include Imagining (IUP, 2nd ed., 2000), Remembering (IUP, 2nd ed., 2000), and The World at a Glance (IUP, 2007).


“In descriptions of unprecedented scope, power, and concision, Casey illuminates brilliantly the vexing question crucial for our survival: What is our place in the domain we inhabit and in wilderness Nature?”
 — Bruce Wilshire

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Table of Contents

Preface: Being before Place
Introduction to the Second Edition
Part 1. Finding Place
1. Implacement
2. Displacement
Part 2. The Body in Place
3. Directions
4. Dimensions
Part 3. Built Places
5. Two Ways to Dwell
6. Building Sites and Cultivating Places
Part 4. Wild Places
7. The Arc of Desolation and the Array of Description
8. Going Wild in the Land
Part 5. Moving Between Places
9. Homeward Bound: Ending (in) the Journey
Epilogue. New Work on Place: Space, Time, and History
How to Get from Space to Place in a Fairly Short Stretch of Time
Smooth Spaces and Rough-Edged Places: The Hidden History of Place