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A core text on the philosophy and theory of geography A module like philosophy/theory/history of geography is compulsory in most undergraduate degree programmes. Although the focus in these modules is usually on Human Geography, students of Physical Geography and Environmental Geography also have to take these modules. As well as providing an overview of the ideas The Foundations of Geographic Enquiry is written to be specifically accessible to – and used by – Human Geographers and Physical Geographers.

Introduction: Geographers at the Beach
Introduction: Geographers at the beach
Before We Get there: Introducing Philosophy and Theory

We begin in late autumn, with a geography field trip to the beach. The students climb into the bus, which then leaves the university and threads its way through the countryside towards the coast. Looking out of the bus window, Nikki says to Adam, ‘The leaves are really turning brown now.’

Nikki's simple statement is a claim to knowledge, a claim to know something about the leaves on the trees. It is the kind of knowledge claim that we all make in our everyday lives, but it provides a good starting point for thinking about the more specialised knowledge that we develop within geography. At the broadest level ...

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