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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.

Phenomenology and Post-Phenomenology: The Essence of Experience, Or, Seeing a Shark is Different from Seeing a Dolphin
Phenomenology and post-phenomenology: The essence of experience, or, seeing a shark is different from seeing a dolphin

‘Being’ is the self-evident concept. ‘Being’ is used in all knowing… (Heidegger, 1953, p. 4)

Geographers, generally speaking, are interested in the world around them. The key question is ‘how do we know the world?’ This whole book is about answers to that question, but phenomenology was philosopher Edmund Husserl's attempt to address it directly. Others took up his ideas and developed them in different ways, to understand the world as lived, experienced, enacted and always in-the-making. This chapter provides an introduction to phenomenology and then considers geography's two phases of engagement ...

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